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Region Gameday: Wednesday’s college basketball games

Wake Forest freshman forward Jaylen Hoard averages 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Hoard and the Deacons will play host to Louisville on Wednesday.
Wake Forest freshman forward Jaylen Hoard averages 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Hoard and the Deacons will play host to Louisville on Wednesday. AP

No. 15 LOUISVILLE (15-5, 6-1 ACC) at WAKE FOREST (8-11, 1-6)

Joel Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, 8 p.m. WMYT

The visiting Cardinals have won five straight, and coach Chris Mack says the team is thriving because its defense is much better. The Cardinals shut out Pittsburgh for a key seven-minute stretch in a victory Saturday. Wake Forest’s Jaylen Hoard had 22 points and 10 rebounds – his fifth double-double this season – against Boston College on Saturday.

HIGH POINT (11-9, 4-2) at GARDNER-WEBB (12-9, 2-4)

Porter Arena, Boiling Springs, 7 p.m.

Jahaad Proctor is averaging 19.4 points and 47 percent field-goal shooting for High Point, but he’s hitting only 26 percent from 3-point range (27-of-103). ... Gardner-Webb has slumped a bit but have played four of their first six conference games on the road. They are 7-0 this season in Boiling Springs.

LENOIR-RHYNE (14-4, 7-3 South Atlantic) at No. 9 QUEENS (19-2, 11-0)

Levine Center, Charlotte, 8 p.m.

It’s the start of a tough week for Queens, which also travels to powerhouse Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) on Saturday. The visiting Bears have lost only once since mid-December and have the SAC’s second-best scoring defense (73 points per game). The Royals got 19 points from Daniel Carr in a 76-69 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 28.

WINSTON-SALEM STATE (9-8, 4-5 CIAA) at JOHNSON C. SMITH (5-12, 2-8)

Brayboy Gym, Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

The visiting Rams have alternated wins and losses the past eight games (their last game was a win). Robert Colon leads the attack, averaging 17.2 points per contest. The Golden Bulls, playing the second of four straight home games, got 26 points and a last-second rebound by Roddric Ross in a 64-63 victory Monday over Claflin.

Steve Lyttle

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