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WKU looks to extend streak vs Charlotte

Charlotte (14-11, 8-6) vs. Western Kentucky (18-8, 11-3)

E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Western Kentucky looks for its fifth straight conference win against Charlotte. Western Kentucky’s last CUSA loss came against the Florida International Panthers 81-76 on Feb. 1. Charlotte came up short in a 70-54 game at Rice in its last outing.

SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Carson Williams, Jared Savage and Camron Justice have collectively scored 45 percent of Western Kentucky’s points this season and 52

Lewis Jr., Bama visit Ole Miss

Alabama (14-12, 6-7) vs. Mississippi (13-13, 4-9)

The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Kira Lewis Jr. and Alabama will face Breein Tyree and Mississippi. The sophomore Lewis has scored 21 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 21.8 over his last five games. Tyree, a senior, is averaging 29.8 points over the last five games.

SENIOR STUDS: Mississippi’s Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Khadim Sy have combined to account for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 68 percent of all

Prairie View looks to extend streak vs UAPB

Prairie View (14-11, 10-2) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-22, 2-11)

H.O. Clemmons Arena, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Prairie View looks for its fifth straight conference win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Prairie View’s last SWAC loss came against the Alabama State Hornets 52-49 on Feb. 1. Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost 60-52 at Alcorn State in its most recent game.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Markedric Bell has averaged nine points and 4.5 rebounds while Dequan Morris has put up 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. For the Panthers, Gerard Andrus has averaged 14.8

Hawaii seeks revenge on Long Beach St.

Hawaii (15-10, 6-5) vs. Long Beach State (9-18, 4-7)

The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Hawaii seeks revenge on Long Beach State after dropping the first matchup in Honolulu. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 12, when the Beach shot 39.2 percent from the field while holding Hawaii to just 33.3 percent en route to the one-point victory.

LEADING THE CHARGE: This will be a California homecoming for Hawaii junior Drew Buggs, who has averaged 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season. The senior duo of Eddie Stansberry and Zigmars Raimo

UC Davis looks for road win vs UCSB

UC Davis (13-15, 7-5) vs. UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 6-5)

Thunderdome, Santa Barbara, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: UC Davis looks for its third straight win over UC Santa Barbara at Thunderdome. UC Santa Barbara’s last win at home against the Aggies came on Feb. 20, 2016.

SUPER SENIORS: UC Davis’ Ezra Manjon, Joe Mooney and Stefan Gonzalez have collectively accounted for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 44 percent of all Aggies points over the last five games.

BIG WEST IMPROVEMENT: The Aggies have scored 66.7 points per game against Big West opponents

UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN

UC Irvine (18-10, 10-2) vs. Cal State Northridge (11-16, 6-5)

Matadome, Northridge, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 11th straight win in the head-to-head series over Cal State Northridge. UC Irvine has won by an average of 15 points in its last 10 wins over the Matadors. Cal State Northridge’s last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 2014, an 81-75 win.

STEPPING UP: Cal State Northridge’s Lamine Diane has averaged 22.6 points and 8.7 rebounds while Terrell Gomez has put up 20.3 points. For the Anteaters, Collin Welp has averaged 13.5 points and 6.1

UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN

UC Irvine (18-10, 10-2) vs. Cal State Northridge (11-16, 6-5)

Matadome, Northridge, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 11th straight win in the head-to-head series over Cal State Northridge. UC Irvine has won by an average of 15 points in its last 10 wins over the Matadors. Cal State Northridge’s last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 2014, an 81-75 win.

STEPPING UP: Cal State Northridge’s Lamine Diane has averaged 22.6 points and 8.7 rebounds while Terrell Gomez has put up 20.3 points. For the Anteaters, Collin Welp has averaged 13.5 points and 6.1

UCLA faces tough test vs No. 18 Colorado

UCLA (16-11, 9-5) vs. No. 18 Colorado (21-6, 11-4)

CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Colorado presents a tough challenge for UCLA. UCLA has won two of its four games against ranked teams this season. Colorado is coming off a 70-66 win at home over Southern California in its most recent game.

SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Colorado’s Tyler Bey has averaged 13 points and nine rebounds while McKinley Wright IV has put up 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. For the Bruins, Chris Smith has averaged 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while Jalen Hill has put up

No. 4 San Diego St. looks to extend streak vs UNLV

UNLV (14-14, 9-6) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (26-0, 15-0)

Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 4 San Diego State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over UNLV. In its last five wins against the Runnin’ Rebels, San Diego State has won by an average of 14 points. UNLV’s last win in the series came on Jan. 27, 2018, an 88-78 victory.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: The do-everything Malachi Flynn has put up 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists to lead the way for the Aztecs. Complementing Flynn is Yanni Wetzell, who is accounting for 12.1

No. 4 San Diego St. looks to extend streak vs UNLV

UNLV (14-14, 9-6) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (26-0, 15-0)

Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 4 San Diego State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over UNLV. In its last five wins against the Runnin’ Rebels, San Diego State has won by an average of 14 points. UNLV’s last win in the series came on Jan. 27, 2018, an 88-78 victory.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: The do-everything Malachi Flynn has put up 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists to lead the way for the Aztecs. Complementing Flynn is Yanni Wetzell, who is accounting for 12.1