College Basketball

Carolinas college basketball gameday 01.13.15

Wake Forest (9-8, 1-3 ACC) at Syracuse (12-4, 3-0)

8 p.m., Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. (ACCN)

The Deacons will go for their second straight ACC win when they face the Orange, one of the league’s frontrunners. … Wake Forest got its first conference win Saturday, beating Georgia Tech 76-69. … Syracuse, winner of six straight, is tied with No. 3 Virginia atop the conference standings. Bill Kiser

Clemson (9-6, 1-2 ACC) at No. 2 Virginia (15-0, 3-0)

8 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.

Fresh off winning their first ACC game this season, the Tigers will take on their third Top 25 opponent in the past four games when they face the Cavaliers. … Clemson downed Pittsburgh 71-62 Saturday for its first league win, and its first win away from Littlejohn Coliseum since late November. … Virginia, which beat then-No. 13 Notre Dame on Saturday, is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season, when the Cavaliers won 23 straight. B.K.

Alabama (12-3, 2-0 SEC) at South Carolina (9-5, 0-2)

9 p.m., Colonial Life Arena, Columbia (ESPNU)

The Gamecocks look to break out of a slump and win their first SEC game when they host the Crimson Tide. … South Carolina has lost two straight after entering league play riding a seven-game winning streak. … Alabama has won seven straight and sits in a four-way tie atop the conference standings with No. 1 Kentucky, No. 19 Arkansas and Florida. B.K.

Miami (11-4, 1-1 ACC) at No. 4 Duke (14-1, 2-1)

9 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham (ESPN2)

The Blue Devils are coming off Sunday’s 87-75 loss at N.C. State, their first defeat of the season. Preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor faced constant double teams but still finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. … Miami is 2-2 against Duke since the arrival of coach Jim Larranaga in 2011-12. … Sheldon McClellan averages 15.4 points and Angel Rodriguez averages 14.6 for the Hurricanes. Observer News Services