MORGAN STATE (0-3)
at JAMES MADISON (1-2)
Site: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.
Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)
Outlook: The Bears continue their tough pre-league schedule against an NCAA tournament team that nearly upset Final Four member Florida in the first round. Morgan has been swamped at Iowa, Georgetown and Mississippi, but gave the Dukes a stern battle before losing last season, 80-78, in overtime. Brandon Battle (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Scott Deas (12.2 ppg) lead the Morgan offense. Lefty Driesell's Dukes stunned Purdue, 91-87, for their only victory, but are coming off an 86-80 loss at Liberty. Point G Dennis Leonard has not played because of academic ineligibility. F Louis Rowe (20.3 ppg), G Kent Culuko (19.7 ppg) and F Charles Lott (13.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg) have been the
at MARYLAND (5-1)
Site: Cole Field House, College Park
TV/Radio: ESPN2/WBAL (1090 AM)
Outlook: What on paper appears to be another easy win for the 11th-ranked Terrapins could be interesting if Maryland is looking ahead to Saturday's matchup in Baltimore with No. 5 Massachusetts and the Red Raiders hit some early shots. The matchup between sophomore All-American Joe Smith (21.3 ppg, rpg, 3.3 bpg) and Adonal Foyle (15.2 ppg, 13.6 ppg, 5.4 bpg) might provide some intriguing moments if the 6-10, 250-pound freshman stays out of foul trouble. Colgate must be aware of Smith's teammates, especially Exree Hipp (17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 rpg) and Johnny Rhodes (15 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4 apg, 2.8 spg), and the Terps have to keep an eye on guard Tucker Neale (23.2 ppg), who was third in the country last year in scoring. The Red Raiders average more than 15 turnovers and shoot a shade over 38.3 percent. The Terps are forcing 22 turnovers a game and shooting 56.4 percent.
COPPIN STATE (0-3)
at MISSOURI (3-1)
Site: Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo.
Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)
Outlook: If Coppin State is going to spring an upset on its Big Eight trip, Missouri could be the place for it. The Tigers are a much different team from the one that went to the regional finals in the NCAA tournament last season. Four starters are gone from that team, and 6-7 G/F Kelly Thames, last season's Big Eight Freshman of the Year, is out for the season with a knee injury. Missouri coach Norm Stewart is rotating a lot of players, trying to find the right combination. The most troublesome matchup problems for Coppin State lie in identical 7-foot twins, Sammie and Simeon Haley, who have played sparingly. G Paul O'Liney, one of only two seniors, leads the Tigers with 22 ppg, and F Derek Grimm (14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and G/F Julian Winfield (11.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) have been steady. The Eagles need C Mario McGriff and F Michael Thomas to avoid foul trouble, to free up Stephen Stewart (15.3 ppg) to shoot more from the outside, where G Keith Carmichael is coming off a 32-point effort against Kansas. And point guard Sidney Goodman (5.3 ppg) needs to improve his scoring.