St. Peter's (2-2) at UMES (2-1) Site: Tawes Arena
BOutlook: The Hawks return home after suffering their first loss at Long Island, and they face a St. Peter's team that has a two-game winning streak. The Peacocks have struggled, averaging only 63 points without G Randy Holmes, the team's premier player in preseason, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury. A young team with only two seniors, the Peacocks have been paced by freshman F Kevin Sanford (11.0 points, 8.7 rebounds), who makes his third start after two straight double-double performances. Sophomore G Brian Griffith is averaging 10.5 points. St. Peter's is giving up only 65.3 points a game. UMES, which has won both of its home games, has gotten steady offensive production from Zack Allison (16.3 ppg), Dale Harrison (14.7) and Kenya Mobley (11.0). The Hawks have also taken good care of the ball, having committed only 33 turnovers in three games, and Mobley leads rebounders with a
Coppin State (4-2) at No. 22 Virginia (2-1) Site: University Hall
Radio: WWIN (1400 AM)
Outlook: Coppin State, in the midst of a grueling stretch of December road games, gets a crack at the ACC after beating Wichita State. The Eagles are getting strong play from numerous sources, especially G Sidney Goodman (15.2 ppg,4.6 apg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 steals). Although the Eagles are shooting a mediocre 43.7 percent, they have made an impressive 39.2 percent of their three-point shots. The hottest shooter is G Keith Carmichael (16.8 ppg), who has made 47 percent of his three-pointers. F Stephen Stewart (16.3 ppg) has been steady inside, and C Mario McGriff (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg) has filled in for Galen Howard, who should return after missing two games with an illness. Virginia has won two straight after since losing by 41 points at home to Connecticut, but the Cavaliers are still hindered by injuries. Point G Cory Alexander is out for six weeks, and G/F Cornell Parker (8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) is questionable after suffering two facial fractures against Rice. F Junior Burrough (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and F Jason Williford (11.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg) have been solid up front, and true freshman G Harold Deane (9.3 ppg, 3.7 apg) has filled in admirably for Alexander. The Cavaliers are shooting only 32.4 percent.