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Hofstra Pride vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Predictions

The Mick Cronin Era of UCLA basketball is off to a perfect 4-0 start with an average margin of victory of 13 points. The Bruins conclude their season opening five-game homestand Thursday night when they host Colonial Athletic Association-favorite Hofstra.

William & Mary Tribe vs. Stanford Cardinal Preview and Predictions

Off to its best start in eight years, Stanford looks to remain unbeaten Thursday against visiting William & Mary. Junior forward Oscar da Silva is averaging 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead the Cardinal, who have won their first five games for the first time since 2011.

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Buffalo Bulls vs. Connecticut Huskies Preview and Predictions

Las week was a rollercoaster for Connecticut, allowing 96 points at home in a loss to Saint Joseph’s before welcoming then-No. 6 Florida and beating them in a slugfest. The Huskies now put the focus on Buffalo, their first-round opponent in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

Duke Blue Devils vs. California Golden Bears Preview and Predictions

Known primarily for his defense last season, Duke point guard Tre Jones has emerged as an offensive force early in his sophomore campaign. Jones looks to continue his hot start Thursday when the top-ranked Blue Devils face California in the semifinals of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Green Bay Phoenix vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Predictions

Wisconsin looks to build on its best win of the season when it hosts Green Bay as part of the regional portion of the Roman Legends Classic on Thursday. The Badgers routed Marquette 77-61 on Saturday to register their largest margin of victory in the I-94 rivalry in 21 years, and they hope to continue their upward trajectory by extending their winning streak to four games after losing their season opener to Saint Mary's in overtime.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview and Predictions

Zeke Nnaji may have been a bit overlooked in high school but could wind up being a one-and-done at Arizona. Nnaji, a 6-11 freshman forward from Minnesota, averages 21 points and hasn't missed a field goal in his last two games as the No. 14 Wildcats host South Dakota State on Thursday.

Toledo Rockets vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview and Predictions

Winning without its best player should serve Notre Dame well in future games, including Thursday's tilt against visiting Toledo. Juwan Durham stepped up in a big way Monday as the Fighting Irish, who will face the Rockets in the fifth of six straight home games, had to do without leading scorer and ACC Player of the Week John Mooney.

UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Preview and Predictions

TCU looks to stay undefeated on the season when it hosts UC Irvine in a non-conference tilt on Thursday. The Horned Frogs have won each of their first three games -- all at home -- by at least 10 points, while the Anteaters come into this contest coming off a loss at No. 25 Colorado Monday.

Maryland - E. Shore Hawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners Preview and Predictions

Oklahoma showed perseverance in battling back from a slow start against William & Mary on Monday as it claimed a 75-70 triumph in the first of two campus round matches of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Sooners will host their second campus round contest Thursday when they welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview and Predictions

Minnesota looks to bounce back from a challenging road trip when it hosts Central Michigan on Thursday. The Golden Gophers suffered losses to Oklahoma (71-62) and Butler (64-56) in the Gavitt Games and Utah (73-69) on Friday to stumble to their worst start since 2006, and they hope to turn their fortunes around when Central Michigan visits Thursday. 

Tennessee St. Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview and Predictions

Texas Tech returned only three players from its 2019 NCAA Tournament runner-up team but the No. 12 Red Raiders hardly lack cohesion as they host Tennessee State on Thursday. Texas Tech freshman guard Jahmi'us Ramsey, a Big 12 preseason honorable mention pick, has quickly validated that honor with 57 points in his first three games after scoring 25 in a 103-74 victory over Houston Baptist on Nov. 13.

Wofford Terriers vs. South Florida Bulls Preview and Predictions

South Florida looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts non-conference foe Wofford on Thursday. The Bulls lost to IUPUI on Nov. 13, 70-53, while the Terriers have dropped three in a row coming into this one, falling to Missouri by 19 on Monday.

Texas Longhorns vs. Georgetown Hoyas Preview and Predictions

Georgetown will be back at one of its old haunts Thursday to take on unbeaten No. 22 Texas in the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Hoyas have played roughly 100 games at the Garden - most of them in the Big East Tournament - but this time around they will get a crack at the Longhorns, who are back in the polls for the first time in nearly a year.

Alabama A&M Bulldogs vs. Clemson Tigers Preview and Predictions

Clemson struggled offensively in a season-opening loss to Virginia Tech but has since found its rhythm, winning three games in a row entering Thursday’s home matchup with Alabama A&M. The Tigers got a combined 57 points from Hunter Tyson, Aamir Simms and Tevin Mack in Sunday’s 87-65 home victory over Detroit Mercy, and in the three victories Clemson is averaging 82.3 points after scoring 60 points on 34.4 percent shooting in the season opener.

Nebraska Omaha Mavericks vs. Washington St. Cougars Preview and Predictions

Washington State looks to record its third victory in four games under first-year coach Kyle Smith, before heading to the eight-team Cayman Islands Classic next week, when it hosts Omaha for a non-conference contest on Thursday night. The Cougars have won both their home games, including a 72-61 triumph against Idaho State on Sunday as sophomore standout CJ Elleby scored 23 points.

North Florida Osprey vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Predictions

Iowa returns to the court for the first time in six days to take on North Florida at home in a preliminary game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes rebounded from a loss to DePaul last week to defeat Oral Roberts on Friday in their most recent outing.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Towson Tigers Preview and Predictions

No. 21 Xavier is 4-0 for the sixth time in its last seven seasons and will try to keep their run going during a busy stretch at the Charleston (S.C) Classic, beginning with a first-round matchup against Towson on Thursday. The Musketeers started fast and held on to defeat Missouri State 59-56 on Friday, and coach Travis Steele is hoping for a more complete effort going forward.

Utah Utes vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview and Predictions

Utah takes its 3-0 start and balanced attack south this week to play in the eight-team Myrtle Beach Invitational. First up is Thursday night’s quarterfinal game against host Coastal Carolina.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Preview and Predictions

It has been a tough start for Pittsburgh point guard Xavier Johnson, who was an ACC All-Freshman selection last season while setting many Panthers records. After getting benched in the first half against Monmouth on Monday, Johnson put together his best 20 minutes of the season after the break and hopes to continue that play Thursday when Arkansas-Pine Bluff visits in another campus game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Baylor Bears Preview and Predictions

With star point guard Makai Mason graduated, No. 23 Baylor has new players handling the ball during crunch time this season and the Bears have gained a lot of experience in the past two games. The Bears will try to build on that experience Thursday when they travel to South Carolina to play Ohio in the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

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