College Basketball

Carolinas college basketball previews for 01.31.15 games

N.C. State (13-9, 4-5 ACC) at Georgia Tech (10-10, 1-7)

12 p.m., Hank McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta (WBTV)

N.C. State needs to figure out how to put two good halves together. Georgia Tech, like Clemson, will play hard and be physical on defense. If the Wolfpack can be consistent on offense, it should pick up its second ACC road win of the season. Joe Giglio

Davidson (14-4, 5-2) at Saint Joseph’s (8-11, 2-5)

12 p.m., Hagan Arena, Philadelphia (NBCSN)

The Wildcats go for their longest winning streak in Atlantic 10 play when they face the Hawks for the first time in nearly 10 years. Davidson has won two straight, but its last game – an 80-73 overtime victory over George Mason – was seven days ago. Saint Joe’s has lost two straight, including a 53-48 loss to cross-town rival La Salle on Tuesday. The Hawks lead the all-time series 7-5, but the Wildcats won the last meeting, 100-94 in overtime on Nov. 26, 2005. Bill Kiser

Boston College (9-10, 1-6) at Clemson (12-8, 4-4)

12 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C. (FSCR)

The Tigers look to equal their longest winning streak of the season when they host the War Eagles in an ACC game Saturday afternoon. Clemson has won back-to-back games for the fourth time this season, but have not won three straight since doing so Nov. 22-28. Boston College has lost three of its past four games. B.K.

Virginia Tech (9-11, 1-6) at Wake Forest (9-12, 1-7)

2 p.m., Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum, Winston-Salem

Two of the ACC’s bottom dwellers go at it Saturday afternoon when the Deacons host the Hokies. Wake Forest has lost its past four games, but two of those – to Syracuse and Florida State – came in overtime. Virginia Tech had lost seven straight before taking a 70-67 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. B.K.

Tusculum (4-14, 4-9) at Queens (11-8, 8-5)

4 p.m., Levine Center

The Royals aim to remain among the frontrunners in the South Atlantic Conference when they host the Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. Queens, which has won two of its past three games, is tied for second in the league standings with Newberry. However, both are a full five games back of Lincoln Memorial. Tusculum is near the bottom of the standings, but enter riding a three-game winning streak. B.K.

Winthrop (11-9, 6-3) at Radford (15-7, 6-3)

4 p.m., Donald N. Dedmon Center, Radford, Va.

The Eagles hit the midpoint of their Big South schedule, taking their longest winning streak of the season into Saturday’s game against the Highlanders. Winthrop has won three straight, including a 75-68 victory over Coastal Carolina on Wednesday. Radford is one of the league’s hottest teams, entering Saturday’s game riding a six-game winning streak. B.K.

Georgia (14-5, 5-2) at South Carolina (10-9, 1-6)

4 p.m., Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (ESPNU)

The Gamecocks, mired in their worst slump this season, look to bounce back against one of the SEC’s frontrunners when they host the Bulldogs. South Carolina has lost four straight -- its longest losing streak since dropping six straight last year -- and six of its past seven games. After dropping its first two league games, Georgia has won its past five and sits in a four-way tie for second in the SEC standings. B.K.

Coastal Carolina (15-6, 6-3) at Gardner-Webb (13-9, 5-4)

4 p.m., Paul Porter Arena, Boiling Springs

The Bulldogs, struggling to stay above .500 in the Big South standings, host the Chanticleers on Saturday afternoon. Gardner-Webb has lost two straight, both coming by 13 or more points, but is 8-1 at home this season. Coastal Carolina has lost three of its past four games, but is still in a five-way tie for second place in the league standings. B.K.

Shaw (10-10, 5-5) at Johnson C. Smith (10-11, 4-6)

7:30 p.m., Brayboy Gymnasium

The Golden Bulls wrap up a two-game CIAA homestand Saturday when they host the Bears. Both teams ended four-game losing streaks Wednesday – Shaw beat Fayetteville State 74-54, while J.C. Smith edged Winston-Salem State 81-78. Bears forward Koron Reid is second in the league in rebounding (9.1 per game). B.K.