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

Craig Smith, Utah State

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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.

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College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Friday’s Top 25 scoresSaturday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 5 Duke 84, No. 1 Gonzaga 81Northern Iowa at No. 16 St. Bonaventure (2 p.m.; ESPN+)
No. 3 Purdue 97, Omaha 40No. 2 UCLA at UNLV (5 p.m.)
Dayton 74, No. 4 Kansas 73Sacramento State at No. 17 Arizona (7:30 p.m.; P12N)
No. 6 Baylor 75, Michigan State 58No. 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

Latest bracketology

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

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game

Saturday’s college basketball best bets

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.

Wager: $10.00
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