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Clarke back in starting lineup for No. 9 Butler

Clarke back in starting lineup for No. 9 Butler

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rotnei Clarke is back in Butler's starting lineup Saturday night against Temple.

The 6-foot shooting guard is returning after missing the last two weeks with a severely sprained neck. Clarke was injured when he crashed head-first into a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12. Butler (16-3, 3-1 Atlantic 10) went on to win that game and two more at home last week without Clarke before losing in the final seconds at La Salle on Wednesday, again without Clarke.

He was cleared to practice Thursday.

Clarke is one of the Atlantic 10's top scorers and 3-point shooters. He's averaging 16.3 points, shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range, sixth in the league, and is seventh in the nation in 3s made per game (3.7).

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Wake Forest at Virginia Tech College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Virginia Tech is one of those teams that no one is talking about, despite been ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll. They look to continue their winning ways and a march to the NCAA Tournament with a home contest against Wake Forest. 

The Demon Deacons are in the midst of a rough season. Nonconference was ugly for them and ACC play did not start much better. However, they just shocked No. 17 N.C. State in Winston-Salem. Could this be a sign of a turnaround for Wake?

For Virginia Tech, they only have two losses this year, their last to rival Virginia. Latest projections have them as a No. 3 or a No. 4 in the NCAA Tournament and to keep that up they cannot afford a slip up.

Wake Forest and Virginia Tech play Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and is broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech How to Watch

What: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Virginia Tech Hokies
Where: Cassell Colesium, Blacksburg, VA
When: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Radio (Online)

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Record: Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3 ACC), Virginia Tech (14-2, 3-1 ACC)
Last Game: 71-67 Win vs. No. 17 N.C. State 1/15 (Wake Forest), 81-59 Loss vs. No. 4 Virginia 1/15 (Virginia Tech)
Leading Scorers: Brandon Childress 16.1ppg (Wake Forest), Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17.9ppg (Virginia Tech)

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Betting Odds/Lines

Spread: Virginia Tech (-19)
Against the Spread: Wake Forest (7-9), Virginia Tech (10-6)
Money Line: N/A
Over/Under: 140.5 points

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Pittsburgh at Syracuse College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Pittsburgh at Syracuse College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Syracuse and Pittsburgh hold two of the most shocking victories of ACC play so far this season. The Syracuse Orange knocked off the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor. The Pittsburgh Panthers stole a home contest against No. 11 Florida State.

Neither team had an impressive nonconference season. These upset victories in the ACC are what it is going to take to get either the Orange or the Panthers convincingly into the NCAA Tournament. Wins against similar opponents will also bode well for their tournament resume.

Syracuse and Pitt get that opportunity on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. as they play each other on NBC Sports Washington.

Pittsburgh at Syracuse How to Watch

What: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
When: 2:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Radio: Cuse Radio (Online)

Pittsburgh at Syracuse Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Record: Pittsburgh (12-5, 2-2), Syracuse (12-5, 3-1)
Last Game: 75-62 Win vs. No. 11 Florida State 1/14 (Pittsburgh), 95-91 OT Win vs. No. 1 Duke 1/14 (Syracuse)
Leading Scorers: Xavier Johnson 17.1ppg (Pittsburgh), Tyus Battle 18.0ppg (Syracuse)

Pittsburgh at Syracuse Betting Odds/Lines

Spread: Syracuse (-8)
Against the Spread: Pittsburgh (13-4), Syracuse (9-8)
Money Line: N/A
Over/Under: 135 points

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