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

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Welcome to the Black Friday edition of the college basketball Daily Primer.

If shopping isn’t your thing, there is more than enough entertainment on the hardwood to keep your Friday going. Check out everything you need to know in our primer below.

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College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Thursday’s Top 25 scoresFriday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 4 Kansas 71, North Texas 59No. 6 Baylor vs. Michigan State (11 a.m.; ESPN)
No. 6 Baylor 69, VCU 61Dayton vs. No. 4 Kansas (1:30 p.m.; ESPN)
Iona 72, No. 10 Alabama 68VCU vs. No. 22 UConn (1:30 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 19 Auburn 62, Loyola Chicago 53Omaha vs. No. 3 Purdue (2 p.m.)
Michigan State 64, No. 22 UConn 60Tennessee Tech at No. 15 Tennessee (3 p.m.; ESPN+)
No. 24 USC 70, Saint Joseph’s 55No. 10 Alabama vs. Drake (4:30 p.m.; ESPNU)
Syracuse vs. No. 19 Auburn (4:30 p.m.; ESPN2)
North Florida at No. 10 Kentucky (7 p.m.; SECN)
No. 25 Xavier vs. Virginia Tech (7 p.m.; ESPN2)
UT Rio Grande Valley at No. 14 Illinois (8 p.m.)
Iowa State vs. No. 9 Memphis (9 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 5 Duke vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (10:30 p.m.; ESPN)
No. 24 USC vs. San Diego State (11:30 p.m.; ESPN2)

Thursday’s college basketball highlights

Thursday’s Disaster Index

Georgetown had a valiant effort Thursday night vs. San Diego State but folded when it mattered most. An Aminu Mohamed layup cut the SDSU lead to 57-53 with 9:39 remaining. From that point on, the Hoyas failed to make another field goal. The Aztecs went on a 16-3 run the rest of the way as Georgetown suffered a challenging loss in the Wooden Legacy.

Friday’s Bracketology Watch

Latest bracketology

Iona secured the win of the day, recording the MAAC’s first-ever win vs. a top-10 opponent as it shocked No. 10 Alabama in the ESPN Events Invitational. Rick Pitino’s Gaels, now 6-0 with a signature win, are creeping into the at-large discussion with their explosive start to the season. Iona takes on Belmont on Friday and then either Dayton or No. 4 Kansas on Sunday. From there, Iona should be favored in every remaining game except a Dec. 18 date vs. Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

Friday’s college basketball TV schedule

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game

Friday’s college basketball best bets

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.

Wager: $10.00
To Win: $89.39
Season ROI: -23.0% ($140.00 wagered for $107.76 earned)

UConn vs. VCU (`:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
SPREAD; -8.5: UConn has a “get-right” opportunity against a shaky VCU squad. So long as the Huskies aren’t depleted from their last two games, this should be an easy one.

Alabama vs. Drake (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPNU)
SPREAD; -6.5: Alabama should come out wth a vengeance after the stunning loss to Iona on Thursday. Look for the Tide to rack up points against the Bulldogs.

Auburn vs. Syracuse (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
MONEYLINE; -250: Syracuse has become hit-or-miss based on its perimeter shooting. Against a team with length like Auburn, don’t expect an easy time for the Orange.

San Diego State vs. USC (11:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
MONEYLINE; -110: SDSU takes on USC for the Wooden Legacy title late Friday night, and Lamont Butler could give Boogie Ellis fits if he plays like he did Thursday defensively.



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