College Basketball

College Basketball Gameday for Feb. 27

No. 7 North Carolina (23-5, 12-3) at No. 3 Virginia (21-6, 10-5)

John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va., 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Not only is this a match-up between teams with vastly contrasting styles but it's also a game that includes two of the leading contenders for ACC Player of the Year: UNC's Brice Johnson and Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon. Their performances tonight could help decide the race. Brogdon will present UNC with one of its most difficult defensive challenges. Said UNC's Marcus Paige, of Brogdon: “Man, he's good. … There's not a whole lot you can do defensively, because he's a complete guard.” Paige said UNC would give “a bunch of different looks” against Brogdon. Keep an eye on outside shooting, both ways. UNC can't afford to go cold like it did recently in a loss against Duke. The Tar Heels took advantage of Virginia's perimeter shooting woes in UNC's victory in the ACC tournament a season ago. Virginia has won 18 consecutive games at home.

Andrew Carter

N.C. State (14-14, 4-11) at Syracuse (18-10, 8-7)

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., 2 p.m. (ESFC)

Syracuse hasn’t played since a 66-52 home loss to Pittsburgh last Saturday. The Orange have lost two straight in ACC play and close out their home schedule with this game. N.C. State has won its past two games with Syracuse but lost its last four games at the Carrier Dome, including NCAA tournament losses to Louisville (2015) and Wisconsin (2005).

Joe Giglio

GARDNER-WEBB (15-14, 10-7) AT LIBERTY (12-18, 9-8)

Vines Center, Lynchburg, Va., noon

The Bulldogs close out their Big South regular-season schedule on the road against the Flames. … Gardner-Webb is fifth in the league standings, a game ahead of Liberty and Radford and a game behind Coastal Carolina. … The Bulldogs last played the Flames on Jan. 27, losing at home 69-55. … Gardner-Webb enters its season finale on a two-game winning streak, while Liberty has lost its past three games.

DAVIDSON (17-9, 9-6) AT FORDHAM (14-12, 5-10)

Rose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx, N.Y., 2 p.m.

The Wildcats head into the homestretch of their Atlantic 10 schedule with a road game against the Rams. … Davidson has won three straight – its longest conference winning streak this season – and five of its past six. … The Wildcats are 2-0 all-time against Fordham, and 1-0 as A-10 opponents, beating the Rams 76-57 at Belk Arena on Feb. 21, 2015. … Fordham – in a four-way tie for ninth in the league standings – has won two of its past three games.

WINTHROP (20-8, 12-5) AT CAMPBELL (12-16, 5-12)

Gore Arena, Buies Creek, 2 p.m.

First place in the Big South standings and the top seed in next week’s conference tournament is on the line when the Eagles face the Camels. … Winthrop is tied for the conference lead with High Point and UNC Asheville, with the Eagles having split their regular-season series with both teams. … Campbell beat Winthrop 90-83 in Rock Hill on Dec. 31.

SOUTH CAROLINA (23-5, 10-5) AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (12-15, 5-10)

Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss., 2:30 p.m., SEC Network

The Gamecocks, still in the hunt for the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, go on the road to play the Bulldogs. … South Carolina, which has won its past two games, is tied for second in the league standings with No. 21 Texas A&M, both a game behind No. 16 Kentucky with three games remaining. … Mississippi State is coming off a 68-66 loss to the Aggies on Wednesday, and also lost to the Gamecocks 84-74 in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 26.

APPALACHIAN STATE (7-21, 5-12) AT GEORGIA STATE (14-12, 7-10)

GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, 2:30 p.m.

The Mountaineers take on the Panthers in their final Sun Belt regular-season road game. … Appalachian State is trying to stay out of the league’s cellar, sitting a game ahead of last-place Troy with three games remaining. … Georgia State, on the other hand, is trying to turn things around after being an early-season contender. … After losing to the Mountaineers 76-67 in Boone on Jan. 21, the Panthers have gone 2-7 and fallen into a three-way tie for sixth.

QUEENS (23-4, 17-4) AT TUSCULUM (13-14, 8-13)

Pioneer Arena, Greenville, Tenn., 4 p.m.

The Royals, already securing the No. 2 seed in next week’s South Atlantic Conference tournament, take on the Pioneers in their regular-season finale. … Queens has lost its past two games, its longest losing streak this season, but beat Tusculum 91-71 on Jan. 16 at the Levine Center. … The Pioneers, who have locked up the eighth and final berth in the SAC tournament, have won two straight and three of their past four games.

TEXAS-EL PASO (17-12, 9-7) AT CHARLOTTE (11-17, 7-8)

Halton Arena, 7 p.m.

The 49ers host the Miners in their final Conference USA home game this season. … Charlotte snapped a two-game losing streak with a 114-108, double-OT win over Texas-San Antonio on Thursday, the 49ers’ first overtime victory since December 2014. … Texas-El Paso lost to Old Dominion 74-53 on Thursday, snapping a six-game winning streak. … Charlotte will honor its five senior players before the start of tonight’s game.

Bill Kiser

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