College Basketball

Area College Basketball Previews 01.10.15

Charlotte (6-8, 0-2) at Marshall (4-11, 0-2)

7 p.m, Henderson Center, Huntington, W.Va.

It’s been a tough season for the Thundering Herd, which has lost 11 of its last 12 under first-year coach Dan D’Antoni. … Marshall’s lone victory in that span came against Division II King (Tenn.). … Charlotte practiced Friday in nearby Charleston, W.Va., hometown of point guard Pierria Henry. … Center Mike Thorne, scoreless in the 49ers’ C-USA opener against Old Dominion, had 12 points and 10 rebounds against Western Kentucky on Thursday. David Scott

Georgia Tech (9-5, 0-2) at Wake Forest (8-8, 0-3)

Noon, Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem (WMYT)

Either the Deacons or the Yellow Jackets will emerge from Saturday’s game with their first ACC win of the season. … Wake Forest has lost two straight, both to nationally-ranked teams – No. 5 Louisville on Sunday, No. 2 Duke on Wednesday. … Georgia Tech’s two league losses have been close ones – 83-76 in double OT to No. 14 Notre Dame on Jan. 3, 46-45 to Syracuse on Wednesday. Bill Kiser

Clemson (8-6, 0-2) at Pittsburgh (11-4, 1-1)

Noon, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (FSCR)

The Tigers go for their first ACC victory of the season against the Panthers, one of the league’s new teams. … Both of Clemson’s conference losses have come against Top 25 teams – No. 19 North Carolina last Saturday, No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday. B.K.

Queens (8-5, 5-2) at Carson-Newman (6-7, 4-3)

4 p.m., Holt Fieldhouse, Johnson City, Tenn.

The Knights put their seven-game winning streak on the line in Saturday’s South Atlantic Conference game against the Eagles. … Queens is on its longest winning streak since posting a school-record 13 consecutive wins during the 2010-2011 season. … Carson-Newman has won two straight games and four of its past five, as well as three straight league games. B.K.

South Carolina (9-4, 0-1) at Mississippi (9-5, 0-1)

5 p.m., Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Miss. (SPSO)

The Gamecocks try to bounce back from losing their SEC opener Saturday with a road game against the Rebels. … South Carolina’s 72-68 loss to Florida in its league opener Wednesday snapped the Gamecocks’ seven-game winning streak. … Ole Miss took top-ranked Kentucky into overtime before losing 89-86 on Tuesday. B.K.

Appalachian State (4-8, 1-2) at Arkansas-Little Rock (5-9, 0-4)

6 p.m., Stephens Center, Little Rock, Ark.

The Mountaineers go on the road for their next Sun Belt game against the Trojans. … Appalachian State has lost its past two games and six of its last seven. … Arkansas-Little Rock has also struggled, losing four straight and eight of its past nine games. But two of the Trojans’ league losses have come in overtime. B.K.

Saint Louis (8-7, 0-2) at Davidson (10-3, 1-1)

7 p.m., Belk Arena, Davidson

The Wildcats put their 13-game home winning streak on the line in Saturday’s Atlantic 10 game against the Billikens. … All three of Davidson’s losses have come against Top 25 opponents, including Wednesday’s 71-65 loss to No. 20 Virginia Commonwealth. … Saint Louis, which has lost three straight, is playing just its sixth road game of the season, going 2-3 so far. B.K.

Elizabeth City State (9-8, 2-2) at Johnson C. Smith (8-7, 2-2)

7:30 p.m., Brayboy Gymnasium

The Golden Bulls continue their four-game CIAA homestand Saturday night against the Vikings. … Johnson C. Smith has won two straight, including an 87-77 victory over Chowan on Thursday, and is 7-1 in home games this season. … Elizabeth City State has lost its past two games, and is 1-4 on the road. B.K.

Winthrop (7-7, 2-1) at Gardner-Webb (10-6, 2-1)

7 p.m., Porter Arena, Boiling Springs

The Bulldogs and Eagles – Big South rivals just an hour’s drive apart – meet for the first time this season. … Saturday’s matchup features two of the league’s top offenses – Gardner-Webb leads in scoring at 75.9 points per game, Winthrop is third at 74.4 points. … Eagles guard Keon Moore leads the league in 3-point percentage (44.0 percent) and 3-pointers made (3.43 per game), while Bulldogs forward Jerome Hill leads in rebounding (9.4 per game) and guard Tyler Strange leads in assists (7.4 per game). B.K.