Tonight's games

March 01, 1996

NEC quarterfinal Long Island (9-18) at Mount St. Mary's (20-6)

Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7:30

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: Regular-season champion and top seed Mount St. Mary's opens defense of its NEC title against a team it barely defeated, 68-67, in this round last season. The Mount has won 14 in a row and 15 straight at Knott Arena. The Blackbirds must find a solution for the league's best backcourt, NEC Player of the Year Chris McGuthrie (22.8 ppg) and first-team all-Northeast Conference Riley Inge (16.6 ppg, 5.8 apg, 6.1 rpg), who ranks highly in every statistical category except blocks. Eighth-seeded Long Island advanced with an 82-63 play-in victory over St. Francis, N.Y., on Wednesday night. G David Masciale (17.4 ppg) is the leading scorer. The Mount won the two regular-season meetings handily, 92-74 and 99-77.

ACC women's quarterfinal Maryland (13-13) vs. No. 20 N.C. State (18-8)

Site: Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, S.C.

Time: Approx. 8:30

Outlook: The sixth-seeded Terps, who have won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles, come to this year's event off a 77-53 loss to Virginia last Saturday. Maryland (7-9 in the ACC) has won four of its past five. The Terps lost by 41 and 23 to the Wolfpack in their two regular-season meetings, but freshman G Kelley Gibson had just three and six points, respectively, in those games. She's averaging 20.6 ppg in the past six. N.C. State (10-6 in the ACC) has dropped two of its past three.

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