Site: Cole Field House
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)
Outlook: Two nights after dispatching UMBC, the Terps will try to fatten their record against another Baltimore-area school. Morgan State has played fairly well in its two defeats, although the Bears are averaging 77 points, which is bad news against a Terps defense that has held opponents to 39 percent shooting. PG Chico Langston has been a spark for the Bears, averaging 19 points and five assists. The same goes for F Gerald Jordan (13.5 points, 11.5 rebounds). Jordan will have his hands full inside with C Joe Smith, Maryland's freshman sensation who is averaging 22.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and four blocks. The other freshman starter, Dunbar alum Keith Booth (10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, five assists, two steals) also has been excellent. Sophomores Exree Hipp (17 points, 2.5 assists) and Johnny Rhodes (13.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, five assists) are off to strong starts. The only thing that figures to prevent an easy Maryland victory is if several starters get into foul trouble, since the Terps' depth is suspect.
Site: Bramledge Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.
Outlook: The Eagles begin a rough December stretch on the road against a Wildcats team that beat them by 24 last year in Kansas. Coppin State is only a basket away from being undefeated, and the Eagles so far are leaving behind the shooting woes from a year ago. The backcourt of Sidney Goodman and Keith Carmichael has been terrific. Goodman is averaging 16.8 points and 5.8 assists; Carmichael 18 points and 3.8 assists and has been deadly from three-point range. Stephen Stewart (17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds) leads the frontcourt, which will be short-handed without Jerry Wysinger (leg injury) and Galen Howard (ill). That means 6-9, 275-pound Mario McGriff must step forward, which he has done in a limited role to this point. Kansas State is led by G Demond Davis (11 points, 12.5 rebounds), G Anthony Beane (11 points) and F Deryl Cunningham (7.0 points, 10.5 rebounds).
UMES (2-0) at Long Island University (0-0)
Site: A & M Schwartz Athletic Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Outlook: UMES is off to a good start, and it should get better against a Long Island team that is reeling from off-season and preseason injuries. Senior F Joe Griffin, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last year, is out for the year with a knee injury. G Vaughn Richmond is slowly recovering from a hip injury he suffered in a car accident last year. The most proven returnees are forwards David Adebanjo and Andre Cradle, and they missed significant time with injuries last year. The UMES backcourt of Zachary Allison (19.5 points a game) and Dale Harrison (12 points) have led the way. F Kenya Mobley is averaging 6.5 rebounds.
Towson State (1-3) at Dayton (1-0)
Site: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WTMD (89.7 FM)
Outlook: Two weeks ago, the Tigers were ecstatic after upsetting St. John's in their season opener. Now, the Tigers are reeling from a three-game losing streak, the latest a 90-84 overtime loss against cross-town rival Loyola. G Scooter Alexander leads the team with 16.3 ppg and has scored in double figures in 34 consecutive games. PG Ralph Blalock is coming off a career-high 25 points against Loyola and is shooting 61 percent. John James (6.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks) has been a steady force inside. Dayton, trying to rebound from a 4-26 season, beat Northern Kentucky, 99-82, in its season opener.
St. Joseph's (2-1) at Loyola (2-0)
Site: Reitz Arena
Radio: WCAO (600 AM)
Outlook: The Greyhounds already have equaled last season's victory total under first-year coach Skip Prosser, but they are in for their stiffest test yet. St. Joe's, a respected Atlantic 10 school, is coming off a 93-73 loss to Arizona, and it was a costly defeat for the Hawks. They lost G Bernard Blunt (12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds) for an indefinite period to a knee injury. Still, with PG Rap Curry (11.3 points, 6.3 assists), and 6-7 forwards Carlin Warley (12.7 points, 10.3 rebounds) and Will Johnson (9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds), the Hawks will present Loyola with plenty of problems. Loyola has averaged 93.5 points in its first two games behind G Tracy Bergan (24.0 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds) and F B. J. Pendleton (24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds). Freshman G Darius Johnson (12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists) is shooting 56 percent from three-point range.
Robert Morris (0-2) at UMBC (1-1)
Site: UMBC Arena
TV: Tape delay, United Cable Channel 41, 11 p.m.; HTS, Tuesday, 2 p.m.
Outlook: The Retrievers have enough height and depth to give Robert Morris problems. Six-foot-eight Sonique Nixon is averaging 11.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, and 7-2 Pascal Fleury grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in only 19 minutes against Maryland two nights ago. Senior G Skip Saunders scored 23 against the Terps. Depth has been the most impressive part of the Retrievers. Robert Morris has lost its first two games by a combined 53 points, largely because of 56 turnovers. G Myron Walker is averaging 19.5 points.