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Saturday’s college basketball games to watch

South Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Dozier has scored 20 or more points in three straight games for the No.16-ranked Gamecocks, who will visit South Florida on Saturday.
South Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Dozier has scored 20 or more points in three straight games for the No.16-ranked Gamecocks, who will visit South Florida on Saturday. dmclemore@thestate.com

CHARLOTTE (6-3) vs. FLORIDA (7-3)

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla., 4 p.m., Fox Sports 2

Charlotte guard Braxton Ogbueze played his freshman year at Florida before transferring home. He is second on the team in scoring (13.2 points a game) behind Jon Davis (20.3). ...The Gators’ losses have come against nationally-ranked teams (Duke, Florida State, Gonzaga), and they have a 15-2 record in the annual Orange Bowl Classic. Four Gators are averaging in double figures.

DAVIDSON (5-3) vs. NO. 3 KANSAS (9-1)

Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m., ESPN2

Davidson last played 10 days ago, falling 83-74 to North Carolina. Guard Jack Gibbs (24.3 points a game) is fourth in Division I scoring, and forward Peyton Aldridge averages 20.0. ...The Jayhawks have won nine straight and are especially strong on the glass, outrebounding opponents by an average of 7.1 a game. They lead the Big 12 in shooting efficiency (52.8 percent).

NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA (10-1) vs. NO. 6 KENTUCKY (9-1)

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, 5:45 p.m., CBS

Ohio State meets UCLA in the opener of the CBS Sports Classic, which annually features these. North Carolina leads 23-14 in the series against the Wildcats. ...The Tar Heels are playing for the first time in six days and coming off back-to-back shaky performances against Davidson and Tennessee. ...Freshman guard Malik Monk averages 19.4 points to lead Kentucky, and the Wildcats are outscoring opponents by an average of 94-68.

WAKE FOREST (8-2) at NO. 17 XAVIER (8-2)

Cintas Center, Cincinnati, 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1

These teams meet annually in the Skip Prosser Classic, named for the late coach who guided Xavier and then the Deacons. Wake Forest’s last game was eight days ago, a 78-75 squeaker at UNC Greensboro. ...Xavier has won 28 in a row at home against nonconference teams, averages 9.5 rebounds a game more than opponents, and has outrebounded all 10 opponents.

NO. 16 SOUTH CAROLINA (8-1) at SOUTH FLORIDA (5-3)

USF Sun Dome, Tampa, 1 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Sophomore guard P.J. Dozier has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, but Gamecocks standout Sindarius Thornwell remains suspended and is not expected back until South Carolina opens SEC play Jan. 4 at Georgia. ...None of South Florida’s victories have been against teams from Power 5 conferences.

WINTHROP (5-3) at HAMPTON (2-7)

Hampton Convocation Center, Hampton, Va., 2 p.m.

Winthrop is coming off a 10-day break for final exams – its longest break in three years. Senior Keon Johnson (17.9 points a game) has scored 20-plus points in the past two contests. ...Hampton is shooting 37 percent from the floor and allowing 45 percent.

MARS HILL (3-6, 1-3 South Atlantic) at NO. 4 QUEENS (11-0, 5-0)

Curry Arena, Charlotte, 4 p.m.

The Royals have climbed into the top five nationally in the Division II media poll. Their scoring margin (plus 19.6) is ninth in Division II, and a win Saturday would tie the school record for the start of the season. This is Queens’ final game of 2016, with their next contest Jan. 4 at Catawba. ...Mars Hill is allowing 86 points a game.

J.C. SMITH (4-6) at LINCOLN (2-8)

Manuel Rivero Hall, Oxford, Pa., 4 p.m.

J.C. Smith is coming off a 71-50 home win Thursday against Tuskegee. Former West Charlotte standout Gabon Williams scored 16 to lead the Golden Bulls. ...Lincoln is having shooting problems, hitting only 40 percent from the floor and allowing 48 percent.

Steve Lyttle

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