Charlotte (12-5, 3-1) at
Louisiana Tech (15-4, 3-1)
Thomas Assembly Center
The 49ers and Bulldogs are part of a five-way tie for second place in Conference USA behind Old Dominion (9-9, 3-0), which has a tough home game Wednesday against Southern Mississippi (16-3, 3-1). Charlottes Denzel Ingram (52.1 percent) and Ben Cherry (49.2) continue to be 1-2 in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (Ingram ranks 10th nationally). Power forward Willie Clayton had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a victory against North Texas, his eighth double-double of the season. The Bulldogs will be without leading scorer Raheem Appleby, a guard who will miss six-to-eight weeks with an ankle injury. Alex Hamilton (15.0 ppg) has taken up the slack in Applebys absence. Charlotte continues on the road Saturday at last-place Rice. David Scott
Davidson (8-11, 4-1) at
7 p.m., Ramsey Activity Center
The Wildcats face another preseason favorite to contend for the Southern Conference title. The Catamounts were picked to finish third in a preseason media poll, then opened conference play with four straight wins (five straight overall) before losing to Wofford on Monday. Western Carolina has also been strong at home, going 8-0 (3-0 SoCon). Bill Kiser
St. Augustines (10-6, 3-3)
at J.C. Smith (11-6, 3-4)
7:30 p.m., Brayboy Gymnasium
This is a key game for both teams if they want to remain in the hunt for the CIAA Southern Division title, where theyre both 0-1. The Golden Bulls have lost two straight and four of their past five, while the Falcons have lost three straight after racking up eight consecutive wins. B.K.
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