Today's games

Towson State (2-4) at Maryland (5-1) Site: Cole Field House, College Park, 1 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WRC (980 AM)


Outlook: The Terrapins haven't played since a 96-79 loss at Louisville on Dec. 10. The Tigers haven't been on the court since a 74-50 win over Washington College on Dec. 14. Maryland should have little trouble handling Towson State, which lost point guard Devin Boyd in an opening-game defeat to Colorado with a fractured elbow. Senior Terrance Jacobs (21.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) has picked up the scoring in Boyd's absence, but the Tigers miss the leadership provided by last season's East Coast Conference Player of the Year. Senior F Chuck Lightening (18.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and freshman point guard Terrance Alexander (14.7 ppg) can give the Terps some problems with their speed. But led by Walt Williams (22.7 ppg, 5 rpg, 6.1 apg) and Evers Burns (16.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg), Maryland has too much height and too much bulk for Towson State to stay close. But the Tigers have played Colorado and North Carolina tougher than they did UMBC and Mount St. Mary's.

UMES (0-7) at Georgetown (5-1) Site: Capital Centre in Landover, 7 p.m.


TV: Home Team Sports

Outlook: This is the first meeting between these two schools. UMES coach Bobby Wilkerson, who played 3 seasons under Bob Knight at Indiana University, will be coaching just his second game since replacing Robert Hopkins. The Hawks are led by G Marlin Kimbrew (10.7 points) and C Michael Harris (6.0 rebounds). G Lonell Gordon (knee injury) will be out for UMES. Georgetown, ranked No. 23 in the country, is coming off an 89-51 victory over St. Leo on Wednesday night at the Capital Centre. C Alonzo Mourning had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the romp.

Coppin State (4-2) at J. Madison (3-3) Site: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va., 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles continue to prosper despite a starting lineup containing a freshman and three sophomores. Point G Larry Yarbray has returned after a 3-game suspension and provides some stability. F Tariq Saunders had 21 points and 5 rebounds in Monday's 76-59 victory over Youngstown State and remains the top scorer. Coppin is playing James Madison for the first time. The Dukes, coached by Lefty Driesell, have scored 226 points in their last 2 outings, including a 118-68 rout of Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, the second-worst loss in Mount history. James Madison has 9 new players and a balanced attack that includes freshman Kent Culuko (14.8 ppg) and Paul Carter (13.0) from Allegany CC.

UMBC (1-5) at Illinois (4-2) Site: Assembly Hall, Champagne, Ill., 8 p.m.

Outlook: The Retrievers head into another road test with a 3-game losing streak since beating Towson State in the Beltway Classic. They are 1-20 in their past 21 road games, and point guard Dana Harris is questionable with a sprained ankle. C Soni Nixon is the leading UMBC scorer (18.2 ppg) and the No. 6 Division I rebounder in the nation (12.7 rpg). The Fighting Illini haven't played in 8 days after absorbing a 92-56 pounding at Temple, the most decisive loss in coach Lou Henson's 16 years. C Deon Thomas (18.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg , 69.5 percent from the floor) is the top gun.

Morgan State (0-8) at Oklahoma (5-0) Site: Lloyd Noble Arena, Norman, Okla., 8:30 p.m.

Outlook: This does not look to be a happy night for the Bears, who are meeting the nation's No. 16 team on the road and are coming off a 105-55 loss to a Loyola (Ill.) club that is less talented than the Sooners. Oklahoma is averaging 95.6 points and has beaten Coppin State, 97-70. Its only close call was at South Carolina, where a last-second shot was required to win, 61-60. F Damon Patterson (22.6 ppg), G Brent Price (21.6) and C Brian Sallier (18.6) lead the point parade. Morgan has been no closer than 14 points (80-66 to Brooklyn) in any of its defeats and continues to experience growing pains with 11 newcomers. F Charles Feagin and G Obadiah Johnson share the team scoring lead (13.5).