College basketball scores: Thursday’s schedule, bracketology, rankings, best bets, more

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The college basketball season rolls on Thursday with a handful of teams making their second appearances on the young season.

A mid-major showcase between Vermont and Northern Iowa highlights the day’s action before things start revving up again for the weekend. Check out everything you need to know in the world of college basketball below.

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College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Wednesday’s Top 25 scoresThursday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 6 Michigan 88, Buffalo 76George Washington at No. 21 Maryland (6:30 p.m.; BTN)
No. 20 Florida State 105, Penn 70

Wednesday’s college basketball highlights

Wednesday’s Disaster Index

The final score says it all: James Madison 135, Carlow 40. An NAIA program located in Pennsylvania, the Celtics took a 95-point loss Wednesday night, allowing six Dukes to finish in double figures.

The night before, Carlow was in Lexington, Va., to battle VMI, which resulted in a 111-55 drubbing. In two matchups against D-1 teams, Carlow was outscored 246-95 in 161 possessions, a disastrous 0.59 points per possession scored and 1.53 points per possession allowed.

Thursday’s Bracketology Watch

Latest bracketology

Although it’s nearly been a quarter century since its last NCAA Tournament appearance, San Francisco is poised to make a run at an at-large bid this season behind the electric guard duo of Khalil Shabazz and Jamaree Bouyea.

The first step towards tournament contention is avoiding damaging losses. Prairie View comes to town Thursday night, an opponent skilled enough to beat USF behind Byron Smith’s suffocating, turnover-inducing defense. The Panthers were 16-5 last season and trailed Saint Mary’s 41-38 at halftime on Tuesday.

Thursday’s college basketball TV schedule

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game

Thursday’s college basketball best bets

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.

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South Dakota vs. Air Force (2:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
SPREAD; -7.5: Air Force projects to be a disastrous offensive team, and it takes on one of the best mid-major scoring squads from a year ago in Sioux Falls.

Maryland vs. George Washington (6:30 p.m. ET; BTN)
MONEYLINE; -2100: GW just narrowly held off Saint Francis in the season opener and now it heads to Maryland to battle the Terps, which could get out of hand in a hurry.

Northern Iowa vs. Vermont (6 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
MONEYLINE; -240: UNI’s AJ Green is one of the best pure scorers in America, so his 1-of-14 mark from the floor in Tuesday’s loss to Nicholls is bound to level out soon.

Washington vs. Northern Arizona (10:30 p.m. ET; Pac-12 Network)
SPREAD; -15.5: Northern Arizona was blasted 81-52 by Arizona in its season opener, and now has to pick up the pieces against a Washington squad looking to get right after falling to Northern Illinois on Tuesday.



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