Maryland (12-1) at North Carolina (9-2)
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)
Outlook: The Terrapins will be trying for their first 3-0 start in the ACC since the 1979-80 season; the Tar Heels will be looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since the same year. History is against Maryland, which hasn't beaten North Carolina in successive trips to Chapel Hill since 1927 and 1930. It likely will be a matchup between the ACC's two top scorers, sophomore Antawn Jamison (22.2) and senior Keith Booth (20.5). The teams that have been successful against the Tar Heels have kept Jamison off the offensive boards, as evidenced by his quiet 13-point effort in Saturday's 81-57 loss at Wake Forest. The Terps beat Virginia earlier that day despite Booth scoring only 12. North Carolina's Vince Carter injured his hip in the Wake game, and the sophomore swingman may be out or limited, which would help Maryland's matchups.
Site: Reitz Arena
Time: 7: 30
Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)
Outlook: Loyola continues its quest for victory No. 1,000 in this Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener. The Greyhounds also are trying to end a seven-game losing streak that includes Thursday's 67-61 defeat at Virginia. They will need to contain Iona senior F Mindaugas Timinskas of Lithuania, (20.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg), who has been named the MAAC Player of the Week four consecutive times. Junior G Mike Powell leads Loyola at 16.7 ppg, and freshman G Jason Rowe has increased his average to 14.4 ppg. Iona leads the series 14-5, including two wins last season. This game marks the return of G John McDonald, who left Loyola during the Christmas break last year and enrolled at Iona. The Gaels have won three in a row and four of their last five.
Navy (7-6) at Army (5-4)
Site: Christl Arena, West Point, N.Y.
Time: 7: 30
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)
Outlook: The Midshipmen, who stopped a four-game losing streak by beating Harvard, 66-63, behind Michael Heary's 31 points, begin Patriot League play against their rivals. The Cadets ended a 10-game losing streak against Navy last March by eliminating the Mids in the opening round of the conference tournament, 64-58. Junior F George Tatum leads Army at 15.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. The Cadets climbed over .500 by beating Brown, 70-51.
Pub Date: 1/08/97