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Carolinas college basketball previews 02.14.15

Virginia Tech (10-14, 2-9)

at Clemson (14-10, 6-6)

Noon, Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C. (FSCR)

The Tigers look to snap out of a two-game slide in ACC play when they host the Hokies on Saturday afternoon. … Clemson had won four straight before its recent losing streak, but nearly ended that by pushing No. 10 Notre Dame to the wire in a 60-58 loss on Tuesday. … Virginia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak by edging Georgia Tech 65-63 on Tuesday. Bill Kiser

Gardner-Webb (16-10, 8-5)

at Winthrop (13-11, 8-5)

1 p.m., Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill

The Eagles and Bulldogs – separated by just 50 miles – square off in a Big South game that will partially break a tie in the league standings. … Both teams are tied with Coastal Carolina for fifth place, a half-game back of UNC Asheville and a full game behind Charleston Southern, High Point and Radford. … Gardner-Webb beat Winthrop 65-64 on Jan. 10. B.K.

South Carolina (12-11, 3-8)

at Kentucky (24-0, 11-0)

2 p.m., Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (ESPN)

The Gamecocks take on the SEC frontrunners and undefeated Wildcats, the nation’s top-ranked team, for the second time this season. … South Carolina lost to Kentucky 58-43 on Jan. 24 in Columbia … The Wildcats have won two games in overtime this season, but survived their closest regulation game on Tuesday, edging LSU 71-69. … The Gamecocks snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday, beating Missouri 65-60. B.K.

Davidson (16-6, 7-4)

at La Salle (14-10, 6-5)

2 p.m., Gola Arena, Philadelphia

Davidson heads out to play two consecutive games away from home against teams that made last season’s NCAA tournament – the Explorers on Saturday and George Washington on Wednesday … La Salle guard Jordan Price is the Atlantic 10’s third-leading scorer (17.3 ppg) and leads the league in free-throw percentage (83.9). David Scott

Wake Forest (12-13, 4-8)

at Virginia (22-1, 10-1)

2:30 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (WBTV)

The Deacons begin a three-game run of ACC games against ranked opponents when they face the No. 2 Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. … Wake Forest has won three of its past four games, with all three wins coming by four points or less. … Virginia has won three straight since suffering its only loss, to No. 4 Duke, on Jan. 31, and holds a one-game lead over Notre Dame in the league standings. … After Saturday’s game, the Deacons play the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish on Tuesday, then host Virginia on Feb. 25. B.K.

Charlotte (10-14, 3-8)

at Texas-San Antonio (13-10, 7-5)

3 p.m., Convocation Center, San Antonio

The 49ers play the final game of a three-game road trip, during which they’ve lost the first two (Old Dominion, Texas-El Paso). … The 49ers had 21 turnovers in a 73-68 loss against UTEP on Thursday … The Roadrunners are one Conference USA’s surprise teams this season and have one of the league’s top players in forward Jeromie Hill (17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds per game) ... Roadrunners center Kaj Bjorn-Sherman averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two victories last week. D.S.

Appalachian State (9-13, 6-7)

at La.-Monroe (17-8, 11-3)

3 p.m., Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Monroe, La.

The Mountaineers take on the Warhawks, the Sun Belt Conference frontrunners, for the first time this season on Saturday. … Appalachian State has lost three of its past four games, including a 79-74 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday. … La.-Monroe has won five straight, two of those in overtime, and sits a half-game up on Georgia Southern in the league standings. B.K.

Livingstone (14-8, 8-5)

at Johnson C. Smith (12-12, 6-7)

4 p.m., Brayboy Gym

The Golden Bulls host their nearest CIAA rival – a 42-mile drive between Salisbury and Charlotte – when they play the Blue Bears. … Johnson C. Smith saw a three-game winning streak end Wednesday in a 90-88 loss to St. Augustine’s. … Livingstone has lost two of its past three games, but is still tied with Winston-Salem State atop the Southern Division standings. B.K.

Mars Hill (9-14, 4-13)

at Queens (14-9, 11-6)

4 p.m., Levine Center

The Royals, still in contention for the South Atlantic Conference title, host the Lions in a Homecoming weekend game Saturday. … Queens saw its three-game winning streak snapped in a 75-74 loss to Wingate on Wednesday, dropping the Royals into a tie for second in the league standings with the Bulldogs. … Mars Hill has struggled in 2015, going 2-10, including a 71-68 loss to Queens on Jan. 3. B.K.

N.C. State (14-11, 5-7)

at No. 9 Louisville (20-4, 8-3)

4 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (ESPN)

N.C. State’s better when senior guard Ralston Turner is hitting from 3-point range but Turner has been slowed recently by a knee injury. He labored through 30 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to Virginia and missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Louisville’s defense is in the same category as Virginia’s and the Cardinals will be geared to make it tough for Turner to get going. Joe Giglio

No. 12 North Carolina (18-6, 8-3)

at Pittsburgh (16-9, 5-6)

Noon, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh (WBTV)

UNC is expecting a tough, physical game, and so its practices were more physical than usual this week. Pittsburgh’s strength is on offense, where it ranks 38th nationally in offensive efficiency, according to Only 12 teams nationally commit fewer turnovers, on average, than Pitt, which is also a formidable offensive rebounding team. The Panthers had won three consecutive games, including a victory against Notre Dame, before losing at Louisville earlier this week. Andrew Carter