St. Mary's (8-17) at Loyola (11-14)
Site: Reitz Arena
Outlook: This game fills a void in Loyola's schedule created when a blizzard forced the cancellation of its Jan. 7 meeting with Winthrop. The Greyhounds completed their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate with last night's 67-53 win over Siena, and they will use St. Mary's as a warm-up for Saturday's tournament opener against Canisius. The Seahawks went 5-9 in the Capital Athletic Conference in the regular season, then upset Goucher, 87-79, in the first round of the tournament before losing to Salisbury State.
Duke (17-10) at Maryland (14-10)
Site: Cole Field House, College Park
TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)
Outlook: Maryland (6-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference) is in a must-win mode after losing at Clemson. The Terps are 4-0 at home after an ACC loss the past two seasons. Duke (7-7 ACC) has a half-game lead on the Terps for fourth. This is the first of three in a row at Cole for Maryland, which is 3-2 at home and 3-5 on the road in ACC play. Duke hammered UCLA, 85-66, on Sunday to position itself for a return to the NCAA tournament. In a Jan. 28 game in Durham, N.C., the Terps forced 26 Duke turnovers but lost, 83-73.
Salisbury State (18-8) at Goucher women (17-9)
Site: Sports and Recreation Center
Outlook: This is an Atlantic Region opening-round game in the NCAA Division III tournament. Salisbury State, making its second straight appearance, is seeded No. 7. Goucher, receiving its first bid, is the sixth seed. These teams finished tied for second place in the Capital Athletic Conference at 11-3 during the regular season, before Salisbury eliminated Goucher in the semifinals, 85-68. The Sea Gulls have won two of three games between the teams this season. They lost to Waynesburg (Pa.), 68-66, in last year's first round. Senior F Amy Fenzel leads Salisbury at 19.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. Goucher, which matched its best record this season, is led by senior F Didi Cotton (Western) at 18.8 ppg and 7.7 rpg. The winner advances to Saturday's second round.
Alvernia (22-5) at Johns Hopkins women (19-7)
Site: Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center
Outlook: This is a Mid-Atlantic Region opening-round game of the NCAA Division III tournament. Johns Hopkins made its first appearance in the tournament last season and won two games before losing to eventual champion Capital (Ohio), 94-79, in the Sweet 16. The Blue Jays, seeded No. 3, received an automatic bid this year by winning the Centennial Conference tournament. Sophomore F Julie Anderson averages 17.8 points and is third in Division III with 14.4 rebounds. Alvernia, seeded No. 6, lost to Allentown in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference final. The winner advances to Saturday's second round.