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College basketball: Saturday’s regional games to watch

In Duke’s past two games, guard Gary Trent Jr., has been hot from beyond the 3-point line. Saturday, Trent and the Blue Devils will play host to Pittsburgh.
In Duke’s past two games, guard Gary Trent Jr., has been hot from beyond the 3-point line. Saturday, Trent and the Blue Devils will play host to Pittsburgh. cliddy@newsobserver.com

GEORGIA TECH (10-8, 3-2 ACC) at No. 15 NORTH CAROLINA (15-4, 4-2)

Smith Center, Chapel Hill, 2 p.m., ESPN2

The Yellow Jackets’ Ben Lammers ranks ninth in the country in blocked shots, and his team is among the national leaders in fewest fouls per game. Lammers will have his hands full, though, as Luke Maye and the other Tar Heels lead the nation in rebounding margin (plus-11.7).

PITTSBURGH (8-11, 0-6 ACC) at No. 5 DUKE (16-2, 4-2)

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, 4 p.m., WBTV

Just 11 days ago, the Blue Devils routed the Panthers by 35 points in Pittsburgh. The Panthers have lost six in a row. Duke’s Gary Trent Jr. is coming into his own, hitting 12-of-16 from 3-point range in the past two games.

NOTRE DAME (13-6, 3-3) at No. 20 CLEMSON (15-3, 4-2)

Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C., 4 p.m., ESPN

The Fighting Irish are still missing injured standout Bonzie Colson, but Martinas Geben is averaging a double-double in ACC play. Clemson, 0-5 against Notre Dame in the ACC, needs a big game from poing guard Shelton Mitchell (Waxhaw Cuthbertson High) against Notre Dame PG Matt Farrell.

No. 21 TENNESSEE (12-5, 3-3 SEC) at SOUTH CAROLINA (12-6, 3-3)

Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, 6 p.m., ESPN

The Gamecocks are last in the SEC in shooting percentage but are succeeding with the kind of defense that limited Kentucky to one 3-point field goal Tuesday in a South Carolina victory. Tennessee is coming off a 23 percent 3-point shooting effort in Tuesday’s loss at Missouri.

CHARLOTTE (5-12, 1-5 Conference USA) at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (8-11, 2-4)

FIU Arena, Miami, 7 p.m.

Charlotte guard Jon Davis seems to have emerged from his long slump, scoring 26 or more points in three straight games. Teammate Andrien White is averaging 18 points a game in C-USA play – four points above his season average. FIU has five players averaging in double figures, but three are shooting worse than 40 percent.

APPALACHIAN STATE (8-11, 3-3 Sun Belt) at SOUTH ALABAMA (10-9, 3-3)

Mitchell Center, Mobile, Ala., 4:05 p.m.

Two of the Sun Belt’s highest-scoring guards meet, with the Apps’ Ronshad Shabazz (19.7 points per game) fourth in the league and the Jaguars’ Rodrick Sikes (17.9) sixth.

SAINT AUGUSTINE’S (9-9, 6-1 CIAA) at JOHNSON C. SMITH (9-7, 2-2)

Brayboy Gym, Charlotte, 4 p.m.

The visitors rely heavily on guard Tyre Gathright (17.1 points per game) and forward Quincy January (11.8 rebounds per contest). The Golden Bulls’ Robert Smith leads the CIAA in scoring, averaging 22.8 points. This is J.C. Smith’s first game in a week because of a midweek snow postponement.

TUSCULUM (5-12, 3-7 South Atlantic) at No. 4 QUEENS (17-1, 9-1)

Belk Gym, Charlotte, 4 p.m.

The Pioneers, who have lost three of their past four, are led by junior guards Donovan Donaldson and Peyton Woods, each averaging 14.7 points. Todd Withers once again was Queens’ leader in a midweek victory over Lenoir-Rhyne, with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Steve Lyttle

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