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Dayton’s buzzer-beating win over Kansas and Paolo Banchero’s dominance in Duke’s victory vs. Gonzaga highlighted Friday’s entertaining slate.
We now turn our attention to a lighter-but-solid Saturday schedule, including a couple of key games in the Bahamas, an in-state BYU/Utah battle, and UNLV hosting No. 2 UCLA.
College basketball scores, schedule
Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.
|Friday’s Top 25 scores||Saturday’s Top 25 schedule|
|No. 5 Duke 84, No. 1 Gonzaga 81||Northern Iowa at No. 16 St. Bonaventure (2 p.m.; ESPN+)|
|No. 3 Purdue 97, Omaha 40||No. 2 UCLA at UNLV (5 p.m.)|
|Dayton 74, No. 4 Kansas 73||Sacramento State at No. 17 Arizona (7:30 p.m.; P12N)|
|No. 6 Baylor 75, Michigan State 58||No. 18 BYU at Utah (9:30 p.m.; P12N)|
|Iowa State 78, No. 9 Memphis 59|
|No. 10 Alabama 80, Drake 71|
|No. 10 Kentucky 86, North Florida 52|
|No. 14 Illinois 94, UT Rio Grande Valley 85|
|No. 15 Tennessee 80, Tennessee Tech 69|
|No. 19 Auburn 89, Syracuse 68|
|No. 22 UConn 70, VCU 63 (OT)|
|No. 24 USC 58, San Diego State 43|
|No. 25 Xavier 59, Virginia Tech 58|
Friday’s college basketball highlights
Friday’s Disaster Index
Boise State entered Friday’s matchup with Cal State Bakersfield riding momentum from a Charleston Classic trip that included wins over Temple and Ole Miss. But the Broncos’ offense derailed against the Roadrunners, tallying just 39 points in a 46-39 home loss. The 0.635 points per possession were the second-worst in program history in the KenPom era (2002-present). Additionally, BSU’s 27.6 effective field-goal percentage was its worst ever, and the Nov. 13 performance against UC Irvine (34.8 effective field-goal percentage) was the sixth-worst in program history. Leon Rice’s offense needs help.
Saturday’s Bracketology Watch
Richmond started the season with at-large hopes (much like last year) but has been slow out of the gates. The Spiders enter Saturday’s tussle with Mississippi State with a 3-3 record, having lost all three matchups against top-70 KenPom opponents. With a Dec. 17 meeting with NC State in Charlotte being the only high-major opponent left on the schedule, Chris Mooney’s team desperately needs a victory against the Bulldogs to wrap up the Bahamas trip.
Saturday’s college basketball TV schedule
Saturday’s college basketball best bets
Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.
To Win: $61.70
Season ROI: -28.2% ($150.00 wagered for $107.76 earned)
Pitt vs. UMBC (2 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
—SPREAD; -5.5: It’s been a bad season for Pitt, but the Panthers should have enough to cover a modest spread against a struggling UMBC team.
Air Force vs. Idaho State (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPNU)
—MONEYLINE; -150: Air Force has impressed in the early going, starting 5-1 behind AJ Walker’s 18.7 points per game.
Chattanooga vs. Charleston (4 p.m. ET)
—MONEYLINE; -400: Chattanooga is off to another great start to the season, much like last year. The Mocs have already climbed 39 spots in KenPom since opening day.
Penn State vs. Oregon State (4 p.m. ET)
—MONEYLINE; -120: This isn’t the Oregon State team of last year. The Beavers are 1-5 with the only win coming in narrow fashion vs. Portland State with home losses to Samford and Princeton