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College basketball gameday capsules for 01.22.15

Charlotte (2-3, 8-9) at Ala.-Birmingham (4-1, 8-10)

8 p.m., Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Ala.

The Blazers are one of Conference USA’s surprise teams, winning four of their first five league games (the only loss coming at C-USA co-leader Louisiana Tech) … Blazers coach Jerod Haase recently received a two-year contract extension … UAB guard Nick Norton’s assist-turnover ratio of 2.28 ranks third in the league, while 6-foot-9 forward Tosin Mehinti averages 2.17 blocks, second in the league … Charlotte freshman Keyshawn Woods, who led C-USA in 3-point percentage for much of the early part of the season, has struggled recently, missing six straight from long range over the past two games. David Scott

Winthrop (8-9, 3-3) at Liberty (6-13, 0-6)

7 p.m., Vines Center, Lynchburg, Va.

The Eagles go for their second straight Big South road win Thursday when they take on the Flames. … Winthrop is 3-6 overall on the road, but 2-1 in conference games, including an 84-69 win over UNC Asheville on Jan. 14. … Liberty has yet to win a game during 2015. The Flames’ last victory came on Dec. 28 against Cincinnati Christian. Bill Kiser

Longwood (6-14, 2-5) at Gardner-Webb (12-7, 4-2)

7 p.m., Paul Porter Arena, Boiling Springs

The Bulldogs, coming off their biggest win of the Big South season, host the Lancers on Thursday night. … Gardner-Webb has won three of its past four games, including an 82-67 victory over defending league champ and preseason favorite Coastal Carolina on Saturday. … Longwood has lost four of its past five games, and is 0-10 overall in road games this season. B.K.

South Alabama (6-12, 4-4) at Appalachian State (6-10, 3-4)

7:30 p.m., Holmes Center, Boone

The Mountaineers look to extend their first-ever Sun Belt winning streak to three games when they host the Jaguars. … Appalachian State lost to South Alabama 104-95 on Jan. 8. … Since then, both teams have gone 2-2, and both enter Thursday’s game on two-game winning streaks. … The Jaguars lead the conference in 3-pointers made (121) and 3-point shooting (35.0 percent). B.K.

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