College Basketball

Regional men’s basketball gameday

Johnson C. Smith (0-0) vs. Morehouse (0-0)

Chappie James Arena, Tuskegee, Ala., 6:30 p.m.

The Golden Bulls go on the road for their opener, playing the Maroon Tigers in the CIAA-SIAC Challenge. … J.C. Smith will play back-to-back days, facing host Tuskegee at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

N.C. Central (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)

Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., 7 p.m., ESPN3.com

The Tigers will play their opener away from Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since 2005. Clemson will play all 17 home games in Greenville this season, as Littlejohn Coliseum is undergoing a $63.5 million renovation.

Md.-Baltimore County (0-0) at Wake Forest (0-0)

Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, 8 p.m., ESPN3.com

The Deacons host the Retrievers not only in both teams’ opener, and in an opening-round game in the Maui Invitational. Wake Forest will travel to Hawaii for its remaining Maui games this month. … The Deacons have won their past four openers.

Elon (0-0) at Charlotte (0-0)

Halton Arena, 8:30 p.m., MeTV

The 49ers will play their first official game of the Mark Price era against the Phoenix, which went 15-18 and finished eighth in the Colonial Athletic last season. The game is part of the doubleheader with Charlotte’s women’s team, which will host Ball State at 5:30 p.m.

Bill Kiser

Siena (0-0) at Duke (0-0)

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, 7 p.m., ESPNU

It will take time for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to work out his rotation, which always settles around eight players. Freshmen Derryck Thornton and Luke Kennard still are auditioning for bigger roles, and strong early-season play could move them into the starting lineup.

Laura Keeley

William & Mary (0-0) at N.C. State (0-0)

PNC Arena, Raleigh, 8 p.m., ESPN3.com

The Tribe, under longtime coach Tony Shaver, won 20 games last season and the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title. The Tribe returns four starters from a National Invitation Tournament team and is exactly the kind of veteran team, with NCAA tournament potential, that N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried likes to schedule early.

Joe Giglio

North Carolina (0-0) vs. Temple (0-0)

Alumni Hall, Annapolis, Md., 7 p.m., CBSSN

Top-ranked UNC will open without Marcus Paige, the All-ACC guard who likely will miss three to four weeks. Either guards Theo Pinson or Nate Britt could start in the backcourt; coach Roy Williams said he was undecided this week. Temple returns three starters from a 26-win team that reached the NIT semifinals. The Owls were picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference.

Andrew Carter

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