North Carolina (10-5, 0-2) at No. 2 Syracuse (15-0, 2-0)
Noon, Carrier Dome (ESPN)
Shooting guard Leslie McDonald has yet to have a breakout game, and he has made just six of his past 25 shots from the field in UNCs past two games. The Tar Heels need more from McDonald, especially given that Marcus Paige, the sophomore guard, has hit his first slump of the season. If theres ever a game UNC could McDonalds outside shooting, its this one against Syracuses difficult zone defense. Andrew Carter
No. 16 Duke (12-3, 1-1)
at Clemson (10-4, 1-1)
2 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum
Two of the ACCs top statistical teams will go at it Saturday, with the winner remaining in the early-season hunt for the league title. The 16th-ranked Blue Devils lead the league in scoring offense at 84.3 points per game, while the Tigers are tops in points allowed at 53.5 per game. Duke is also tops in field goal (49.4 percent) and 3-point shooting (41.5 percent), while Clemson leads the ACC in field goal (36.0 percent) and 3-point defense (23.8 percent). Bill Kiser
Virginia (11-4, 2-0)
at N.C. State (11-4, 1-1)
5 p.m., PNC Arena (ESPN2)
Since giving up 75 points to Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 7, a three-point loss, Virginia has allowed only one team (Tennessee) to crack the 60-point barrier. In two ACC wins, the Cavaliers have given up 50 and 51 points, to Florida State and Wake Forest, respectively. Virginia lost at Tennessee 87-52, while the Wolfpack beat the Volunteers in Knoxville 65-58. Joe Giglio
Wake Forest (11-4, 1-1)
at Pittsburgh (14-1, 2-0)
12 p.m., Petersen Events Center
The Demon Deacons face their first test against one of the ACCs newest members. The Panthers have won four straight including double-digit wins over league members N.C. State and Maryland and are in a three-way tie with Syracuse and Virginia atop the standings. Wake Forest has split its two ACC games, upsetting then-No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday, then losing by 23 points to the Cavaliers on Wednesday. B.K.
at Davidson (6-10, 2-0)
7 p.m., Belk Arena
After slogging through a tough nonconference schedule including losses to five AP Top 25 teams the Wildcats appear to have things on track in Southern Conference play, opening with back-to-back league wins for the third straight season. While the Mountaineers have struggled, losing three straight, they still have one of the SoCons best rebounding (37.3 per game) and defensive teams (3.3 blocked shots, 7.1 steals per game). B.K.
Carson-Newman (8-3, 5-2)
at Queens (6-5, 4-3)
4 p.m., Levine Center
The Royals have a little momentum on their site entering this key South Atlantic Conference game, having won three straight and four of their last five games. But the Eagles have won two straight, and are in a three-way tie for second in the conference standings. B.K.
Johnson C. Smith (10-4, 2-2)
at Elizabeth City State
4 p.m., R.L. Vaughan Center
This game will feature three of the CIAAs top rebounders the Golden Bulls Antwan Wilkerson (8.9 per game) and Emilo Parks (8.0 per game), versus the Eagles Dominique Byrd (8.5 per game). Both teams have won two straight, but Elizabeth City State is 6-1 at home this season. B.K.
at Winthrop (7-6, 1-0)
2 p.m., Winthrop Coliseum
The Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Presbyterian in their Big South opener Wednesday, and have a chance at their first 2-0 start in league play since the 2006-2007 season. The Buccaneers have won two straight including a 12-point win over Coastal Carolina in their league opener Wednesday and three of their last four. B.K.
Louisiana State (9-4, 0-1)
at South Carolina (7-7, 0-1)
1:30 p.m., Colonial Life Arena
The Gamecocks snapped a four-game winning streak by losing their SEC opener to No. 10 Florida on Wednesday. But the Tigers are in a similar mess theyve lost two straight, including their league opener against Tennessee on Tuesday. B.K.
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