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

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Another top-25 upset occurred in the world of college basketball Wednesday night as George Mason secured its first-ever win vs. Maryland and first top-25 victory since 2007.

Could we see another one on Thursday? Boise State, Milwaukee, Xavier and Stony Brook all take on ranked opponents in hopes of becoming the next program to shock the country. Find out everything you need to know about Thursday’s slate below.

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College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Wednesday’s Top 25 scoresThursday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 2 UCLA 98, North Florida 63No. 22 St. Bonaventure vs. Boise State (2 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 8 Texas 62, Northern Colorado 49Milwaukee at No. 24 Florida (6 p.m.; ESPN+)
No. 9 Baylor 92, Central Arkansas 47No. 19 Ohio State at Xavier (6:30 p.m.; FS1)
No. 16 Arkansas 93, UNI 80Stony Brook at No. 3 Kansas (8 p.m.; ESPN+)
George Mason 71, No. 20 Maryland 66
No. 23 UConn 93, LIU 40

Wednesday’s college basketball highlights

Wednesday’s Disaster Index

Yikes, Vanderbilt. The Commodores scored just 37 points in a dreadful 48-37 home loss to the short-handed VCU Rams Wednesday night. Vandy’s 0.56 points per possession were the program’s fourth-worst single-game mark of the KenPom era (2002-present), and its 24.5 effective field-goal percentage was its second-worst ever. Vanderbilt turned it over 21 times, shot 2-of-25 from deep, and only two players made multiple field goals.

Thursday’s Bracketology Watch

Latest bracketology

San Francisco hosts Nevada in hopes of moving to 5-0 on the season, taking on a pesky Nevada squad that has struggled out of the gates. The Wolf Pack have enough talent to steal a road victory, which could hurt USF’s at-large hopes. The Dons play only one high-major team in nonconference in Arizona State (Dec. 19), making the margin of error that much thinner for tournament hopes.

Thursday’s college basketball TV schedule

DPI Forecast: Predictions for every game

Thursday’s college basketball best bets

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.

Wager: $10.00
To Win: $119.80
Season ROI: +19.7% ($90.00 wagered for $107.76 earned)

St. Bonaventure vs. Boise State (2 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
SPREAD; -4.5: The Bonnies have shown that they’re slow out of the gates but can turn it on in the second half. With Boise State making a cross-country trip, expect St. Bonaventure to handle expectations in this one.

Clemson vs. Temple (4 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
SPREAD; -4.5: The Tigers have a suffocating defense that Temple could struggle scoring against. Expect a low-scoring matchup in this one.

Ohio State at Xavier (6:30 p.m. ET; FS1)
SPREAD; -2.5: The Buckeyes head to Xavier for their Gavitt Games matchup against a Musketeers team that barely beat Niagara and Kent State.

Oklahoma vs. East Carolina (7 p.m. ET; ESPNU)
SPREAD; -12.5: The Sooners have blown out two inferior opponents under new head coach Porter Moser and have another one upcoming in ECU.



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