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Gonzaga proved its worth Saturday as the nation’s No. 1 team after controlling No. 5 Texas throughout the night, thanks in large part to Drew Timme’s dominant, 37-point outing.

We’re back again with another Daily Primer, recapping Saturday’s action and previewing what’s to come for Sunday, including an in-state Florida battle. Check out everything you need to know below.

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game
Rauf Report: Duke’s defense, OSU’s red flag, more
Mid-Major Top 25 rankings: Ohio climbs

College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Saturday’s Top 25 scoresSunday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 1 Gonzaga 86, No. 5 Texas 74ETSU at No. 18 Tennessee (Noon; SECN)
No. 6 Michigan 77, PVAMU 49No. 20 Florida State at Florida (1 p.m.; ESPN)
No. 9 Duke 67, Campbell 56Canisius at No. 23 St. Bonaventure (5 p.m.; ESPN+)
No. 12 Memphis 90, NC Central 51
No. 16 Arkansas 86, Gardner-Webb 69
No. 21 Maryland 68, Vermont 57
No. 24 UConn 89, Coppin State 54

Saturday’s college basketball highlights

Saturday’s Disaster Index

Merrimack could put only 35 points on the board against Rutgers in Saturday’s 48-35 defeat. The Warriors even held a 25-16 lead early in the second half before scoring just 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Merrimack actually took care of the basketball fairly well with just six turnovers but shot 14-of-60 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line. Senior Mikey Watkins’ 12 points were over a third of the team’s entire scoring total.

Sunday’s Bracketology Watch

Latest bracketology

Yale has an opportunity to secure a massive at-large bracketology boost when it takes on Seton Hall. Despite missing last year due to COVID-19, the Ivy League has been one of the bright spots in the early going of the season with Yale beating UMass, Princeton topping South Carolina and Dartmouth upsetting Georgetown. While it may not mean not multiple bids by season’s end, a strong nonconference showing by the league could go a long way in improved metrics and eventual tournament seeding.

Sunday’s college basketball TV schedule

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game

Sunday’s college basketball best bets

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.

Wager: $10.00
To Win: $61.41
Season ROI: -8.8% ($50.00 wagered for $45.58 earned)

Tennessee vs. ETSU (Noon ET; SECN)
SPREAD; -16.5: The Vols have way too much firepower for ETSU to keep things up for 40 minutes as the Tennessee offense dropped 90 in their opener.

Florida State at Florida (1 p.m. ET; ESPN)
MONEYLINE; -110: FSU thrashed Penn in its opener and its physicality could be the difference against in-state rival Florida.

Chattanooga vs. UNC Asheville (2 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
MONEYLINE; -1000: Chattanooga secured a massive road win at LMU on Tuesday and returns home with substantial momentum as one of the sport’s unheralded mid-majors.

South Dakota State at Stephen F. Austin (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
MONEYLINE; -128: After handling Bradley and giving Alabama all it could handle in a 104-88 loss, the Jackrabbits have already proven their capability on the offensive end.