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Region Gameday: Wednesday’s college basketball games

South Carolina forward Chris Silva averages 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks, who will visit Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
South Carolina forward Chris Silva averages 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks, who will visit Vanderbilt on Wednesday. gmcintyre@thestate.com

GEORGIA TECH (10-6, 2-1 ACC) at CLEMSON (10-6, 0-3)

Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C., 9 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas

Virginia gets the attention for its defense, but Georgia Tech is top-10 nationally in field-goal defense (holding teams to 37.6 percent) and 3-point defense (26.9). Don’t look for Clemson to make many 3-pointers in this game, as the Tigers rank 316 of 351 Division I teams in 3-point accuracy (30.6 percent).

SOUTH CAROLINA (8-7, 3-0 SEC) at VANDERBILT (9-6, 0-3)

Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, 7 p.m., SEC Network

The Gamecocks are 4-0 in 2019, they’ve scored 80 or more points six times this season (compared to five all of last season), and they’ve outscored opponents by 178 points when 6-foot-9 forward Chris Silva is on the floor. Vanderbilt avoids mistakes, as the Commodores are near the top of the SEC in fewest fouls and turnovers.

LONGWOOD (11-7, 1-2 Big South) at WINTHROP (11-5, 3-0)

Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, 7 p.m.

It’s a showdown of defense vs. offense. Longwood leads the Big South in scoring defense (66.6 points per game) and is second in field-goal percentage defense (39.6). Winthrop is second in field-goal accuracy (48.3), and Austin Awad leads the conference in 3-point shooting (44 percent).

No. 13 QUEENS (15-2, 7-0 South Atlantic) at CATAWBA (13-2, 6-1)

Goodman Gym, Salisbury, 8 p.m.

Queens’ 10-game winning streak is in jeopardy here, as Catawba has won five straight and is coming off a 96-83 victory Saturday over perennial power Lincoln Memorial. Catawba forced 20 turnovers from the Railsplitters in that game. Queens’ Shaun Willett has 14 double-doubles this season – tops in Division II.

Steve Lyttle

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