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We witnessed yet another upset Thursday night as Xavier took down No. 20 Ohio State in an in-state Gavitt Games thriller.
The Big East commanded this year’s challenge for the first time ever, securing quality victories along the way that will help come March. Now it’s time to turn the page to a Friday slate that features several quality matchups.
College basketball scores, schedule
Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.
|Thursday’s Top 25 scores||Friday’s Top 25 schedule|
|No. 22 St. Bonaventure 67, Boise State 61||No. 22 St. Bonaventure vs. Clemson (2:30 p.m.; ESPN2)|
|No. 3 Kansas 88, Stony Brook 59||Hofstra at No. 20 Maryland (6:30 p.m.; FS1)|
|Xavier 71, No. 19 Ohio State 65||Ohio at No. 13 Kentucky (7 p.m.; SECN)|
|No. 24 Florida 81, Milwaukee 45||No. 21 Auburn at South Florida (7 p.m.; ESPN+)|
|Lafayette at No. 7 Duke (8 p.m.; ACCN)|
|Western Kentucky at No. 11 Memphis (8 p.m.; ESPN+)|
|Oakland at No. 14 Alabama (8 p.m.; ESPN+)|
|Bellarmine at No. 1 Gonzaga (9 p.m.)|
|No. 4 Michigan vs. UNLV (12:30 a.m.; ESPN2)|
Thursday’s college basketball highlights
Thursday’s Disaster Index
Nevada whiffed on a chance for a massive rebound victory at San Francisco Thursday night, holding a 43-27 advantage with two minutes left in the first half. The Wolf Pack were outscored by 19 points the rest of the way en route to a 73-70 defeat, falling to 1-3 on the season. Already with losses to USF, Santa Clara and San Diego and a nonconference schedule with few resume-boosting opportunities, Nevada’s at-large hopes are all but lost just four games into the season.
Friday’s Bracketology Watch
George Mason has a challenging road test Friday evening when the Patriots take on James Madison. Kim English is off to a 4-0 start after securing a gigantic win over No. 20 Maryland on Wednesday, and will hope to avoid a hiccup against a 4-0 JMU squad. After James Madison, George Madison’s challenging schedule continues with games against Washington, Nevada, South Dakota State, Old Dominion, Navy and Georgia, all of which stand among the top 180 teams in KenPom.
Friday’s college basketball TV schedule
Friday’s college basketball best bets
Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.
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Colorado State vs. Bradley (1 p.m. ET; ESPN3)
—SPREAD; -13: Colorado State’s offense has been on a tear out of the gates and that trend should continue against a Bradley defense that allowed 81 to South Dakota State and 76 to Howard.
Clemson vs. St. Bonaventure (2:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
—MONEYLINE; +136: How many times will St. Bonaventure dig out of a hole? The Bonnies have made a habit of halftime deficits this season despite a 3-0 start and narrow wins against Canisius and Boise State.
Maryland vs. Hofstra (6:30 p.m. ET; FS1)
—SPREAD; -11.5: Look for the Terps to straighten things out after being surprised at home by George Mason last time out.
George Mason at James Madison (7 p.m. ET; FLO)
—MONEYLINE; -162: Can George Mason’s hot start continue? We’ll find out when the two undefeateds meet in a quality mid-major test.