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College Basketball Gameday: Saturday's Carolinas Games

No. 18 Duke (15-4, 4-2) vs. Florida State (13-5, 4-2)

Noon, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham (ESPN)

Even when the 7-foot-3 Boris Bojanovsky leaves the floor, the Seminoles have the ability to stay big. Michael Ojo, a reserve center, stands 7-1 and averages 13.2 minutes per game. Just another body Duke will have to account for. Laura Keeley

Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4) at Wake Forest (13-6, 3-3)

3 p.m., Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem (WMYT)

The Deacons are coming off a big (and rare) road win against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, just their second in 29 ACC games under coach Jeff Bzdelik. Now Wake Forest gets one of the league’s newest members on its home court, where the Deacons are 11-0 this season. The Fighting Irish have had their struggles this season, and head into Saturday’s game having lost three of their past four games. Bill Kiser

Georgia Southern (9-11, 2-3) at Davidson (9-11, 5-1)

7 p.m., Belk Arena, Davidson

The Wildcats begin a three-game Southern Conference homestand, one that could help them climb another step in the league standings. Davidson is currently second, 1 1/2 games behind Chattanooga (13-8, 7-0), and have won two straight after an overtime loss to Elon on Jan. 16. The Eagles have lost two straight and three of their past four, and are 2-7 in road games this season B.K.

Queens (8-7, 6-5) at Anderson (12-5, 7-4)

4 p.m., Abney Athletic Center

The Royals take on one of the preseason favorites for the South Atlantic Conference title, and do so with some momentum on their side after snapping a two-game losing streak Wednesday by beating Lenoir-Rhyne. The Trojans – picked to finish third in the SAC this season – have won three straight, but they’re 3-3 in conference home games. B.K.

VMI (10-8, 3-2) at Winthrop (9-8, 3-2)

4 p.m., Winthrop Coliseum

Both teams have a chance to break out of a logjam in the Big South standings with a win. The Eagles and Keydets are among five teams tied for third, one game back of co-frontrunners UNC Asheville and Campbell. Winthrop has lost two of its past three, but is 6-2 on its homecourt. VMI has won two of its past three, but is 1-7 in road games. B.K.

South Carolina (7-11, 0-5) at Missouri (14-4, 2-3)

4 p.m., Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

The Gamecocks have dug themselves into a deep hole, with five straight losses putting them in the SEC cellar with Auburn. The Tigers won’t do USC any favors, but they have faltered after a 10-0 start, with all of their conference losses coming by six or fewer points. B.K.

Livingstone (12-5, 5-3) at Johnson C. Smith (12-6, 4-4)

7:30 p.m., Brayboy Gymnasium

The Golden Bulls take on one of their CIAA Southern Division rivals, with a chance to climb up the division standings. J.C. Smith (1-1 in division play) snapped a two-game losing streak by beating St. Augustine’s on Wednesday, and is 3-1 at home against league opponents. But the Blue Bears have won two straight, and are 2-0 against division opponents. B.K.

Charlotte (12-6, 3-2) at Rice (5-13, 0-5)

8 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse

The 49ers are coming off an 80-60 loss Thursday at Louisiana Tech, where they turned the ball over a season-high 24 times. The 49ers also continue to struggle at the free-throw line, going 10-of-20 against the Bulldogs (they’re at 53 percent in the past three games). Rice, mired in last place in Conference USA, has lost nine in a row. Owls forward Sean Obi, a 6-foot-9 freshman, averages 11.8 points and 9.6 rebounds. David Scott

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