Maryland (3-0) vs. Providence (2-3)
Site: Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, N.J., 7
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WRC (980 AM)
Outlook: The Terps are looking to go 4-0 for the first time in 10 years. The biggest reason for Maryland's fast start has been the way its role players are complementing star G Walt Williams (21 ppg, 6.3 assists per game). Evers Burns (17 ppg, 7 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game) has been solid in the middle. Kevin McLinton (9.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg) could be the best rebounding guard in the country, and F Vince Broadnax (11 ppg, 4 rpg) and F Garfield Smith (15.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg) have picked up where they left off last year. Maryland will need some help from the bench tonight, especially from freshman F Geno Soto and junior C Chris Kerwin on the front line. The Friars are strong up front with 6-9 junior C Dickie Simpkins of Fort Washington (12.8 ppg, 8 rpg) and 6-8 Marques Bragg (6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Although 6-5 sophomore Rob Phelps (16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg) is one of the best young swingmen in the country, the backcourt is shaky. Trent Forbes has been replaced by freshman Ira Bowman (7.4 ppg), but Providence has been vulnerable to pressure.