Today's Games

November 27, 1993

CORNELL (0-0) at MARYLAND (1-0)

Site: Cole Field House, 8 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: A quick turnaround for the Terrapins after yesterday's 84-83 season-opening upset over Georgetown. Cornell is coming off a solid 16-10 season, but is rebuilding under Al Walker after losing coach Jan Van Breda Kolff -- and swingman Pax Whitehead -- to Vanderbilt. Senior F Zeke Marshall, The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year as a senior at St. Paul's, has a cast on his left (non-shooting) hand, but it didn't slow him in Cornell's exhibition victory over Lavera, a Lithuanian club. He had 14 points and seven rebounds. Despite Cornell's obvious disadvantage in size and talent, this could be a dangerous game for Maryland. But if the Terps come back to earth by tip-off, it also could be a rout.

MORGAN STATE (0-0) at LOYOLA (Ill.) (0-0)

Site: Alumni Gym, 8:05 p.m.

Radio: none

Outlook: This is the first game in a home-and-home series, with Loyola traveling to Morgan on Dec. 28. Morgan was 9-17 last season, with all of its victories coming against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams. PG Chico Langston (15.5 ppg) is the Bears' leader, and they could give plenty of teams trouble if they get production from their trio of 6-11 players -- Jarrod Smith (350 pounds), Chris McCarthy (260) and Gerald Jordan (225). Loyola was 7-20 overall and 3-11 in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (tied for last with Dayton). Loyola coach Will Rey (37-77 in four years) added five junior college players to go with three returning starters, including 6-7 Kerman Ali (14.1 ppg), their tallest player.

AIR FORCE (0-0) at NAVY (0-0)

Site: Alumni Hall, Annapolis, 3 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Don DeVoe, in his second year as coach at Navy, is optimistic the Midshipmen can improve on last year's 8-19 finish. He has mostly a veteran cast, led by center Larry Green and

forward F Wes Cooper, and a pair of promising freshman guards in Scott Holden and Brian Walker. Junior G Jim Hamilton provides the top outside threat. This is the first meeting with Air Force since 1985. The Falcons, coached by Reggie Minton, were 9-19 last season. They are led by G Otis Jones, who averaged 15.2 points as a sophomore.

TOWSON STATE (1-1) vs. CONNECTICUT (0-0)

Site: Hersheypark (Pa.) Arena, 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: Outlook: The Tigers got to the second round of the NIT, but it's the season opener for the Huskies, who had to content themselves with a pair of exhibitions. The game was scheduled to give former Reading hero Donyell Marshall an appearance near his hometown. The 6-9 junior F averaged 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds last year, when Connecticut finished 15-13 and was upset by Jackson State in the postseason NIT. The Huskies have three other returning starters and a 7-0 sophomore center in Travis Knight. The Tigers are led by junior G Scooter Alexander (14.5 ppg), who needs six points to become the 18th member of their 1,000-point club. Many good seats are still available.

WASHINGTON (2-1) at UMBC (0-0)

Site: UMBC Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Radio: none

Outlook: The Retrievers have three starters back from a team that played well at the end of last season, and they've been picked to finish as high as second in the Big South by The Sporting News and Petersen's College Basketball. Leading the way will be 6-8 senior C Sonique Nixon and 6-0 senior G Skip Saunders (15.6 points last season). Washington has beaten Frostburg State, 69-62, and Rutgers-Camden, 77-52. Charles Cummings, a 6-1 senior from St. Paul's, is averaging 20.7 points to lead the Shoremen and 6-6 junior Jay Devlin is second at 14.3 ppg. UMBC leads the series 6-2

AMERICAN (0-0) at No. 23 MARYLAND WOMEN (0-0)

Site: Cole Field House, 3 p.m.

Radio: WINX (1600 AM)

Outlook: The Terps could be tested in this one. American, which lost by 39 to Maryland last year, returns seven upperclassmen. The Eagles have more experience than the Terps, though Maryland looks to have the talent advantage. Eagles sophomore G Gail Wilkins may be difficult for the raw Maryland backcourt to stop, but Terps forwards Bonnie Rimkus and Michele Andrew tshould run the American frontcourt to distraction. Because of injuries, the Terps may go with just seven players.

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