Area college basketball capsules

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Howard at Bowling Green

When » Friday, 7 p.m.

Where » Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio

Kevin Nickelberry won his Howard debut last year against Bowling Green, but that might have been the highlight of the season as the injury-riddled Bison went 6-24. With four starters back and forward Theo Boyomo and guard Calvin Thompson returning from torn ACLs, the Bison have a chance to be vastly improved. Bowling Green went 14-19 last year, its second straight losing season under Louis Orr.

Maryland-Eastern Shore at George Washington

When » Friday, 7 p.m.

Where » Smith Center

Radio » 1050 AM

The Colonials' first game with Mike Lonergan at the helm will be their only one in Foggy Bottom for the first month of the season. GW won't play again in the District until its faces VCU in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Dec. 4. The Fighting Hawks, who won just nine games last year, will serve as the appetizer for a far more difficult contest against California -- in Berkeley -- a mere 48 hours later.

Navy at Longwood

When » Friday, 7 p.m.

Where » Willett Hall, Farmville, Va.

The Navy debut of Ed DeChellis comes against a Longwood team that has had one winning season since entering Division I in 2004-05. The Midshipmen will look for heavy-duty work from guard Jordan Sugars and forward J.J. Avila. The Lancers are led by Antwan Carter (18.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg). Only one other returning player in Division I, Iona's Mike Glover, averaged a better combination of points and rebounds.

American at Richmond

When » Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where » Robins Center, Richmond

Like Eagles coach Jeff Jones, Spiders coach Chris Mooney was rewarded with a contract extension through 2021 after guiding his team to the NCAA Sweet 16 last spring. But replacing Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper won't be easy -- guard Darien Brothers (7.6 ppg) is the lone returning starter. American guard Troy Brewer is on a short week of preparation after sitting out a week with turf toe.

Rhode Island at George Mason

When » Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where » Patriot Center

The Paul Hewitt Era kicks off in Fairfax with a challenging opener against Rhode Island, which went 20-14 last year and advanced to the CBI tournament quarterfinals. Hewitt has plenty of talent in the frontcourt with Mike Morrison and Ryan Pearson combining with highly touted freshman Erik Copes. Rams coach Jim Baron lost his top four scorers.

Savannah State at Georgetown

When » Saturday, noon

Where » Verizon Center

Radio » ESPN 980

The Hoyas kick off the season with two games at home before taking off for their second major trip of the year, this time to Maui. Before that, they will face the Tigers, who are coached by former Hoyas guard Horace Broadnax, whose team was embarrassed the last time they visited Verizon Center in 2008. The 100-38 walkover gave Georgetown its biggest margin of victory in nearly two decades.

East Tennessee State at Virginia Tech

When » Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where » Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.

After a season with many health issues, injuries have come to haunt Virginia Tech again with the loss of forward J.T. Thompson (knee). This is a tough opener for the Hokies, led by returning guards Dorenzo Hudson and Erick Green. East Tennesseee State, coached by Murry Bartow, went 24-12 last year, advancing to the semifinals of the CIT tournament. Virginia Tech leads the series 13-3. This is the first meeting since 2000.

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com, cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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