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College Basketball: Saturday’s game previews

N.C. STATE (15-15, 5-12) AT NOTRE DAME (19-10, 10-7)

Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind., noon (WBTV)

N.C. State beat the Fighting Irish on the road in 2014 (77-70) and lost to them last year at home in overtime (81-78). Mike Brey’s team, which won the ACC title last year, is on track for a return trip to the NCAA tournament. Brey, a former Duke assistant, has the Irish 4-0 against ACC teams from North Carolina.

Joe Giglio

CLEMSON (16-13, 9-8) AT BOSTON COLLEGE (7-23, 0-17)

Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass., noon

The slumping Tigers have one more game to improve their seeding for next week’s ACC tournament, taking on the last-place Eagles. … Clemson, which has lost three straight, is in a four-way tie for the sixth seed with Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. … Boston College, which lost to the Tigers 65-54 on Feb. 17, has locked up the 14th seed in the tournament, and could play the No. 11 seed (either Florida State or Georgia Tech) in the first round.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (22-8, 11-6) AT DAVIDSON (17-11, 9-8)

Belk Arena, Davidson, 3:30 p.m.

The Wildcats host the Colonials in their final Atlantic 10 game before next week’s conference tournament. … Davidson, which has lost its past two games, currently has the No. 6 seed for the tournament thanks to holding the tiebreaker over Rhode Island. But a loss could drop the Wildcats as far as the No. 9 seed, depending on how Fordham (which plays Rhode Island) and Richmond (facing George Mason) do in their games Saturday. … George Washington, which beat the Wildcats 79-69 on Feb. 3, has clinched the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye.

ARKANSAS STATE (11-19, 7-12) AT APPALACHIAN STATE (8-22, 6-13)

Holmes Center, Boone, 3:30 p.m.

The Mountaineers close out their regular-season schedule against the Red Wolves with a slim chance of making the Sun Belt tournament. … Appalachian State is 10th in the standings, but Thursday’s win over conference leader Arkansas-Little Rock means that the Mountaineers can vault into the tournament’s eight-team field by beating Arkansas State – losers of its past eight games – and Texas State losing to South Alabama.

SOUTH CAROLINA (23-7, 10-7) AT ARKANSAS (16-14, 9-8)

Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark., 5 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Gamecocks wrap up their SEC schedule on the road. … South Carolina, which has lost two straight, is fifth in the conference standings. The Gamecocks can vault to the No. 3 seed for next week’s tournament by beating Arkansas, coupled with losses by both Vanderbilt (to No. 20 Texas A&M) and LSU (to No. 22 Kentucky). South Carolina hold the tiebreaker over both teams. … The Razorbacks, who have won four straight, also have a shot at climbing up in the standings. A win Saturday could move Arkansas as far as the No. 5 seed.

CHARLOTTE (13-17, 9-8) AT NORTH TEXAS (11-19, 6-11)

The Super Pit, Denton, Texas, 8 p.m.

The 49ers take on the Mean Green to close out Mark Price’s first season in Conference USA, with a chance to build some momentum heading into next week’s conference tournament. … Charlotte has won its past three games, and is tied for sixth with Texas-El Paso in the standings. A win Saturday would clinch the No. 6 seed for the 49ers, who hold the tiebreaker over the Miners. … North Texas, which enters its season finale on a three-game losing streak, fell to Charlotte 103-79 on Feb. 13, just the second time the Mean Green has given up 100 or more points this season.

Bill Kiser

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