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College basketball: Thursday’s area games to watch

N.C. State guard Torin Dorn averages 13.4 points for the Wolfpack, which will play host to Clemson Thursday night in ACC men’s basketball.
N.C. State guard Torin Dorn averages 13.4 points for the Wolfpack, which will play host to Clemson Thursday night in ACC men’s basketball. AP

THURSDAY’S MATCHUPS

No. 19 CLEMSON (14-1, 3-0 ACC) at N.C. STATE (11-5, 1-2)

PNC Arena, Raleigh, 9 p.m., ESPN

Fresh off its home victory over then-No. 2 Duke, the N.C. State hopes to upend another nationally ranked ACC team. Charlotte native Torin Dorn had 16 points in that game for the Wolfpack. ...Marcquise Reed hit 8 of 17 from the floor for Clemson in its overtime weekend victory over Louisville. The rest of the Tigers were 17 of 51.

MARSHALL (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) at CHARLOTTE (5-9, 1-2)

Halton Arena, Charlotte, 7 p.m.

The Thundering Herd has the nation’s leading shot-blocker in Ajdin Penava, who averages 4.75 per game. Marshall also leads the conference in scoring. ...Charlotte’s inside game is struggling, as it ranks 326th of 351 Division I teams in rebounding and is 311th in blocks.

GEORGIA STATE (11-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) at APPALACHIAN STATE (8-9, 3-1)

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

D’Marcus Simonds leads the visitors and the league in scoring (21.8 points a game). ...The Mountaineers, tied with Texas State and Georgia Southern for second place, counter with Ronshad Shabazz, who is among the Division I leaders in field goals attempted and made.

Steve Lyttle

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