Area College Basketball Preview

January 16, 1991

MARYLAND VS. VIRGINIA

* WHEN: Tonight, 7:30.

* WHERE: Cole Field House.

* RADIO: WBAL-AM 1090.

* OUTLOOK: It would have been hard enough for Maryland (8-6, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) to win over 14th-ranked Virginia (10-3, 2-1), but it may border on the impossible without Walt Williams.

The Cavaliers are deep and experienced, as their five starters have played together as a unit for more than 40 games. Bryant Stith, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, is a leading candidate for ACC Player of the Year, averaging 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. Senior John Crotty, while not a great shooter, is pouring in almost 17 points per contest from point guard. Senior Kenny Turner is a fine complement to Stith at forward. Maryland took both meetings last year.

IDER AT TOWSON * WHEN: Tonight, 7:30.

* WHERE: Towson Center.

* RADIO: WCVT-FM 89.7.

* OUTLOOK: The Tigers (6-6, 2-0 in the East Coast Conference) return home with a seven-game ECC winning streak. But they have never started the year 3-0 in the league; they'll try to do so against Rider (6-7, 1-1), which is coming off a 76-55 win at Delaware. Darrick Suber paces Rider with 15.1 points a game. Towson's Devin Boyd (19.0 points) and Terrance Jacobs (16.9) rank third and fourth among ECC scorers.

$ RICHMOND AT NAVY * WHEN: Tonight, 7.

* WHERE: Halsey Field House.

* RADIO: WNAV-AM 1430.

* OUTLOOK: The Midshipmen (5-9, 1-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) are struggling on offense. They shot 30 percent from the field in Monday's 84-77 loss to Loyola, after hitting 29 percent in the second half against William & Mary on Saturday. Richmond (7-7, 0-3) had lost three in a row before Monday's 85-54 victory over the College of Charleston. Richmond ranks at the bottom of the CAA on offense, averaging 69 points a game.

/ WASHINGTON AT JOHNS HOPKINS * WHEN: Tonight, 8.

* WHERE: Newton H. White Athletic Center.

* OUTLOOK: Hopkins is 8-5 overall, 2-0 in the Southeast Section of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Blue Jays' Andy Enfield is the second-leading scorer in the division, with an 18.0 average, and he's fourth in field-goal percentage (65.0). Washington is 6-6 overall and 1-3 in the Southwest Section of the MAC.

' OTHER GAMES TONIGHT Men

Salisbury State at Shenandoah, 7:30

Lebanon Valley at Western Maryland, 8

Women

Rider at Towson State, 5:15

Salisbury State at Shenandoah, 5:30

Dickinson at Western Maryland, 7

Columbia Union at Loyola, 7

Maryland at Virginia, 7:30

GAMES TOMORROW Men

Hofstra at UMBC, 5:15

Bowie State at Va. Union, 5:30

La Salle at Loyola, 7:30

Bowie State at Virginia Union, 7:30

Florida A&M at Morgan State, 7:30

Fairleigh Dickinson at Mt. St. Mary's, 7:30

Hofstra at UMBC , 7:35

Catholic at St. Mary's, 8

Women

Bowie State at Va. Union, 5:30

Johns Hopkins at Swarthmore, 6

Hofstra at UMBC, 5:15

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