Wake Forest (12-5, 2-2) at Clemson (12-4, 3-1)
4 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C. (WBTV)
When was the last time the Deacons were tied with Duke in the ACC standings, and ahead of their in-state rivals North Carolina and N.C. State? It hadnt occurred since the 2008-2009 season, the same year Wake Forest was (for a time) ranked No. 1 in the nation. This seasons Deacons arent in the same league as the 08-09 team, but they are coming off a last-second win over the Wolfpack on Wednesday. However, theyre facing a Tigers squad that has won two straight over then-No. 16 Duke and Virginia Tech and is off to its best start in league play since the 2009-2010 season. Clemson is there thanks to its defense, which leads the ACC in points allowed (53.6 per game) and both field-goal and 3-point shooting defense. Bill Kiser
Davidson (7-11, 3-1) at UNC Greensboro (10-9, 3-1)
5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum
The Wildcats learned a valuable lesson Thursday in losing their first Southern Conference game in two seasons and their first at Belk Arena in nearly three years, blowing a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play in an overtime loss to Elon, the preseason pick to win the league title. Davidson cant afford another letdown against the Spartans, who have won three straight and are a surprise contender for the SoCon title. UNC Greensboro is one of the leagues top rebounding teams, led by 6-foot-7 forward Kyle Cain (9.1 per game). B.K.
Lincoln Memorial (12-1, 8-1) at Queens (7-6, 5-4)
4 p.m., Levine Center
The Royals face their toughest test of the season in this South Atlantic Conference game. The Railsplitters have won eight straight seven by double digits since a Nov. 26 loss to Anderson (S.C.), and sit atop the conference standings by two games over the second-best teams. B.K.
Mississippi (11-5, 2-1) at South Carolina (7-9, 0-3)
4:30 p.m., Colonial Life Arena, Columbia
The Gamecocks are heading south in the SEC standings, and Saturdays game against the Rebels wont help. Ole Miss, which is coming off an overtime win over LSU on Wednesday, leads the conference in 3-point shooting (38.5 percent) and 3-pointers made (134). B.K.
Winthrop (8-7, 2-1) at Coastal Carolina (9-8, 2-1)
7 p.m., HTC Center, Conway, S.C.
Saturdays Big South games will partially break up the logjam in the league standings eight teams tied for the lead, including the Eagles and Chanticleers. Winthrop is coming off a five-point loss to Gardner-Webb, snapping a two-game winning streak, while Coastal Carolina has won two straight. B.K.
Johnson C. Smith (11-5, 3-3) at Fayetteville State (11-5, 4-2)
7:30 p.m., Capel Arena, Fayetteville
The Golden Bulls head into their first CIAA game against a division opponent having lost three of their last four games. The Broncos have won two straight and eight of their last 10 games, and average more than 80 points per game. B.K.
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