College Basketball

Carolinas college basketball previews 02.21.15

Texas A&M (18-7, 9-4) at South Carolina (13-12, 4-9)

Noon, Colonial Life Center, Columbia

The Gamecocks face the Aggies for the first time this season, with positioning in the SEC standings at stake. South Carolina, which has won two of its past three games, is tied with Vanderbilt and Auburn for 11th in the league standings. Texas A&M – which has won two straight and three of its past four games – is tied with Mississippi for third. Bill Kiser

Georgia Tech (12-14, 3-11) at No. 15 North Carolina (18-8, 8-5)

Noon, Smith Center, Chapel Hill (WBTV)

North Carolina and Georgia Tech meet for the first of two games in 11 days. The Tar Heels have lost four of their past five, and though the Yellow Jackets have struggled, they have remained a good defensive team (27th nationally defensive efficiency, according to The Yellow Jackets will be without starting guard Chris Bolden, who is serving a six-game suspension for a violation of athletic department policies. Andrew Carter

Appalachian State (9-15, 6-9) at Georgia State (18-8, 11-4)

2 p.m., GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta

The Mountaineers play their final Sun Belt road game this season when they face the Panthers on Saturday. Appalachian State has lost three straight and five of its past six games, but one of the Mountaineers’ league wins came against Georgia State, 74-69 on Jan. 17. The Panthers have won three straight and seven of their past eight games, and are tied with Georgia Southern for second in the league standings. B.K.

Johnson C. Smith (13-13, 7-8) at Shaw (11-14, 6-9)

4 p.m., Spaulding Gym, Raleigh

The Golden Bulls have one last shot at improving their seeding in next week’s CIAA tournament when they face the Bears on Saturday. Johnson C. Smith has lost two of its past three games, and is tied for third in the Southern Division with Fayetteville State. Shaw, which has lost four of its past five games, will be the Southern Division’s No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Golden Bulls won the last meeting against the Bears, 83-67 on Jan. 31. B.K.

Carson-Newman (13-12, 11-8) at Queens (14-11, 11-8)

4 p.m., Levine Center

The Royals host the Eagles in their final South Atlantic Conference home game this season. Queens has lost three straight, and sits in a three-way tie (with Carson-Newman and Newberry) for third in the league standings; however, the Royals beat the Eagles 82-80 on Jan. 10. Carson-Newman has lost two of its past three games after a five-game winning streak put them into the conference tournament mix. B.K.

Winthrop (15-11, 10-5) at Longwood (8-20, 4-11)

5 p.m., Willett Hall, Farmville, Va.

The Eagles look to remain in the top four in the Big South standings when they face the Lancers. Winthrop has won two straight and four of its past five games, and is tied for fourth (with Radford) in the league standings. Longwood snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Liberty 78-72 on Tuesday. The Eagles beat the Lancers 82-72 in their league opener Dec. 31. B.K.

Southern Mississippi (7-18, 2-12) at Charlotte (11-15, 4-9)

5:30 p.m., Halton Arena

Charlotte gave Conference USA-leading Louisiana Tech a tough time Thursday before falling 83-82 in overtime. The Golden Eagles have lost six of seven, including a dismal 64-38 defeat Thursday at Old Dominion. Southern Mississippi scored one basket during one stretch of 11 minutes, 40 seconds in the second half against the Monarchs. David Scott

Virginia Tech (10-16, 2-11) at N.C. State (15-11, 6-7)

6 p.m., PNC Arena, Raleigh (ESPN2)

The ACC’s Hokies have no size since jettisoning big man Joey van Zegeren midseason for disciplinary issues. N.C. State will start with Lennard Freeman at one forward and he’s capable of defending on the perimeter but don’t be surprised if N.C. State goes with heavy dose of the Martin twins to match Virginia Tech’s smaller lineup. Joe Giglio

Fordham (8-16, 3-10) at Davidson (18-6, 9-4)

7 p.m., Belk Arena

The Wildcats are on a four-game winning streak and have guard Jack Gibbs back in the lineup after he missed seven games with a knee injury. The Rams have won two straight and have one of the Atlantic 10’s top freshmen in 6-foot-6 guard Eric Paschall (17.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg). D.S.

Liberty (7-21, 1-14) at Gardner-Webb (16-12, 8-7)

7 p.m., Porter Arena, Boiling Springs

The Big South’s Bulldogs will try to break out of their longest losing streak this season when they host the Flames. Gardner-Webb has lost its past three games, but is 10-2 in home games this season. Since breaking a 12-game losing streak by beating Campbell on Feb. 10, Liberty has lost its past two games and remains at the bottom of the league standings. B.K.