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College Basketball Gameday for 2.26.14

North Carolina (20-7, 10-4) at N.C. State (17-10, 7-7)

8 p.m., PNC Arena (WMYT-Ch. 55)

If the Tar Heels play well enough between now and the start of the NCAA tournament there’s a good chance they’ll be back in PNC Arena in about 21/2 weeks, when the arena is a host site for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. N.C. State’s improvement against the zone is one reason for the Wolfpack’s overall improvement – six wins in the past nine after a 1-4 start to ACC play. That includes two strong performances against teams that played exclusively zone, a win at Miami and the near-miss at Syracuse. Staff Reports

UNC Asheville (15-13, 9-5) at Winthrop (15-12, 8-6)

7 p.m., Winthrop Gymnasium

This is a “must-win” game for both the Eagles and Bulldogs, with a possible first-round bye in next week’s Big South tournament on the line. … Winthrop can get the bye by winning both of its final regular-season games, and getting a little help from some other teams. … UNC Asheville only needs to win out to earn the first-round bye. … The Bulldogs are also looking for their first season sweep over the Eagles since the 2010-2011 season, having beaten the Eagles 81-66 on Jan. 22. Bill Kiser

Catawba (7-17, 7-13) at Queens (12-12, 10-10)

8 p.m., Curry Arena

The Royals have secured a berth in next week’s South Atlantic Conference tournament; their final two regular-season games will determine where they’ll be seeded. … Queens has lost two straight, but beat the Indians 87-77 on Feb. 5. … Catawba, which is out of the SAC tournament picture, snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Brevard 90-79 on Saturday. B.K.

South Carolina (10-17, 3-11) at Auburn (12-13, 4-10)

9 p.m., Auburn Arena

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Gamecocks are at the bottom of the SEC standings. Wednesday’s game against the Tigers gives them a shot at getting out of the basement. … Since posting back-to-back wins for the first time in three years, South Carolina has lost two straight. … Auburn has also lost two straight and four of its past five games, but beat the Gamecocks 79-74 on Feb. 5. B.K.

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