at No. 14 North Carolina (7-3)
5 p.m. Smith Center. TV: ESPNU
Brice Johnson, the 6-foot-9 sophomore, is likely to start for the first time this season after Joel James suffered a sprained MCL early during the defeat against Texas on Wednesday night. James is likely to be out for 10 to 14 days because of the injury, UNC coach Roy Williams said. The Tar Heels get a reprieve against Davidson, which ranks among the bottom two-thirds of teams nationally in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage. Free throws remained a point of emphasis for UNC in recent practices. Williams said each player shot 200 of them during a shoot around on Thursday afternoon. Andrew Carter
East Carolina (10-2)
at N.C. State (8-2)
Noon, PNC Arena. TV: Fox Sports Carolinas
ECU guard Akeem Richmond, a 6-0 guard, had 13 points in both of ECUs losses (at Duke and at home to UNC-Wilmington. Still, the Rhode Island transfer has seen his scoring average go up this season by almost 8 points per game. N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried and ECU coach Jeff Lebo met nine times when they were together in the SEC: Gottfried at Alabama and Lebo at Auburn. Gottfried had a 5-4 edge between the SEC schools and a 8-4 mark against Lebo, who also coached at Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga. Joe Giglio
UNC Greensboro (6-6)
at Wake Forest (9-2)
2 p.m., Joel Coliseum
The Deacons have won nine straight home games, the longest since the 2008-09 season. Codi Miller-McIntyre is one of three players in the ACCs top 10 in scoring (18.1) and assists (4.4). The Spartans, who have never beaten Wake Forest, got 21 points from guard Nicholas Paulos in a 78-65 victory against James Madison on Wednesday. David Scott
Wofford (3-7) at Winthrop (6-3)
2 p.m., Winthrop Coliseum
Keon Johnsons 13.6 points per game lead Winthrop in the contest between Big South and Southern Conference teams Wofford, which is 1-6 on the road this season, gets 13.4 points per game from sophomore guard Spencer Collins. D.S.
Johnson C. Smith (8-2)
at Belmont Abbey (4-7)
2 p.m., Wheeler Center
The Golden Bulls, who won their CIAA opener earlier this week against Lincoln, face Conference Carolinas Belmont Abbey The Crusaders are coming off a 93-85 victory against Mars Hill, a game they led for all but 18 seconds. D.S.
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