TONIGHT'S GAMES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

No. 15 VIRGINIA (12-5) at No. 5 MARYLAND (16-3)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 7

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: The Terrapins will be looking to match their best start since 1979-80, having won five straight ACC games for the first time since that season. The Cavaliers are coming off a school-record 120-point performance against George Mason, but probably will try to get the Terps into a half-court game tonight. Junior Cory Alexander (18.4 ppg, 5.9 apg) is starting to play to the form that made him one of the ACC's best guards two years ago and is beginning to jell with sophomore Harold Deane (15.8 ppg) and freshman Curtis Staples (9.1 ppg) when the Cavaliers go to their three-guard set. Senior F Junior Burrough (16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) has improved his shooting to 52.6 percent. Maryland's Joe Smith (19.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.9 bpg) had trouble with Virginia's physical defense the first time he played the Cavaliers but dominated them the other two. The key for Maryland will be stopping Virginia's three-point shooters in the half-court game and hitting some three-pointers to open things up for Smith inside.

BUCKNELL (11-8) at NAVY (9-10)

Site: Alumni Hall, Annapolis

Time: 7:30

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen are coming off a 65-60 victory over Richmond on Monday. In that game, sophomore Brian Walker had 13 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers. Navy (3-4 in the Patriot League) is led by F Wes Cooper (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg). The Midshipmen lead the series 14-9, but Bucknell has won eight of the past 10, including a 76-63 victory this season in Lewisburg, Pa. After a slow start, Bucknell has won four straight and eight of the past nine. The Bison is 7-0 in the Patriot League. Brian Anderson is the leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points, followed by Sekou Hamer (11.6), Dave Steigerwald (11.0) and Kihlon Golden (10.3).

MORGAN STATE (3-15) at COPPIN STATE (10-8)

Site: Coppin Center

Time: 7:30

TV/Radio: City Cable Ch. 41 (tape, 10:30)/WOLB (1010 AM), WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Eagles took sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record after Sunday's 76-57 win over Howard. Coppin State has won seven consecutive games, and Morgan State has lost three straight. The Bears dropped a 72-68 decision to UMES on Saturday.

MARYLAND WOMEN (10-9) at WAKE FOREST (7-11)

Site: Reynolds Gym, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Terps are coming off an 83-80 upset of N.C. State on Saturday, which gave coach Chris Weller her 400th career victory. It was Maryland's second win in eight ACC games. Maryland features a balanced offense, led by freshman Stephanie Cross (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg). The Demon Deacons, coming off an 85-42 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, have lost eight straight. The slump consists entirely of league losses, including four to ranked teams. Wake Forest sophomore C Tracy TTC Connor, a preseason second-team All-ACC selection, has been sidelined for the past eight weeks with a knee problem and is listed as day-to-day. Last February in College Park, the Demon Deacons upset the Terps, 69-64. Maryland leads the series, 28-5.

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