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

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Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the premier day of Feast Week, as we dive into Day 2 of the Battle 4 Atlantis and also tip off the Wooden Legacy and ESPN Events Invitational later in the day.

After a wild Thanksgiving Eve — looking at you, UConn and Auburn — let’s turn our attention to another full day of hoops.

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College basketball scores, schedule

Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.

Wednesday’s Top 25 scoresThursday’s Top 25 schedule
No. 6 Baylor 75, Arizona State 63No. 22 UConn vs. Michigan State (Noon; ESPN)
No. 8 Texas 68, Cal Baptist 44No. 4 Kansas vs. North Texas (2:30 p.m.; ESPN)
No. 9 Memphis 69, Virginia Tech 61Loyola Chicago vs. No. 19 Auburn (2:30 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 12 Houston 78, Oregon 49No. 6 Baylor vs. VCU (5 p.m.; ESPN)
No. 16 BYU 81, Texas Southern 64No. 10 Alabama vs. Iona (5 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 22 UConn 115, No. 19 Auburn 109 (2OT)No. 24 USC vs. Saint Joseph’s (9:30 p.m.; ESPN2)
No. 20 Michigan 65, Tarleton 54
No. 21 Seton Hall 62, Cal 59
No. 23 Florida 71, Ohio State 68
Iowa State 82, No. 25 Xavier 70

Wednesday’s college basketball highlights

Wednesday’s Disaster Index

Oregon‘s offense is really struggling. The Ducks scrapped together 49 points in a 78-49 loss to Houston in Wednesday’s third-place game in the Maui Invitational. This isn’t the first time the Oregon offense has fallen apart, though. In its last three games against D-1 teams, Oregon has scored 49 vs. BYU, 50 vs. Saint Mary’s and then Wednesday’s 49-point output. That’s 148 points on 197 possessions, or 0.751 points per possession.

Thursday’s Bracketology Watch

Latest bracketology

Loyola Chicago has another stab at it on Thursday, taking on 19th-ranked Auburn on the second day at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Ramblers lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday after Michigan State’s Tyson Walker dropped an alley-oop lob to Marcus Bingham for the game-winning slam. The Ramblers are good enough to steal a win or two at Atlantis, and it would go a long way to improving at-large likelihood come March.

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: $103.66
Season ROI: -17.1% ($130.00 wagered for $107.76 earned)

North Texas vs. Kansas (2:30 p.m. ET; ESPN)
SPREAD; +14.5: UNT’s most notable performance to date is giving Buffalo a run for its money on Nov. 15. Grant McCasland is one of the rising coaching names in the sport.

Maryland vs. Richmond (7 p.m. ET; CBSSN)
MONEYLINE; -132: Maryland is still looking to shake off the rust from the George Mason loss and near Hofstra defeat. Another formidable opponent awaits.

Drake vs. Belmont (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPNU)
MONEYLINE; -170: The mid-major showcase of the day, Drake hasn’t lost a nonconference game since Dec. 14, 2019. The Bulldogs are legit and take on a tough Belmont group.

Louisville vs. Mississippi State (9:30 p.m. ET; CBSSN)
MONEYLINE; +106: Louisville has had some close calls, including the stunning overtime loss to Furman, but the Cardinals should provide a challenging defensive outlook against Mississippi State.



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