Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NCAA Basketball Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features another six matches in the English Premier League's midweek schedule, along with an afternoon and evening slate in college basketball. 

The college basketball tips off at noon, with UMass visiting LaSalle as a 4-point road favorite with the total set at 141 (all odds from BetOnline).

Six games are on national television for the Wednesday college basketball card. Villanova hosts Butler on FS1 at 7 PM ET. The Wildcats won three games in a row after their 76-63 win at Georgetown last Friday as a 10.5-point favorite. The lone loss for head coach Jay Wright’s team in six games was an 81-73 loss at Virginia Tech. Villanova ranks 7th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Butler only played once this season on November 25th when they defeated Western Michigan by a 66-62 score as an 18.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs have since had four straight games either canceled or postponed after one of their players tested positive for COVID. Villanova is a 12.5-point favorite in this Big East battle with an over/under of 130.5.

Cincinnati plays at home against South Florida on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Bearcats have lost two of their last three games after their 65-56 loss at Tennessee on Saturday. The Bulls have raised their record to a 4-2 mark with three straight victories. South Florida last played on Saturday when they squeaked by Wofford on a neutral court by a 58-56 score as a 1.5-point favorite. Cincinnati looks to improve their record to 3-2 as an 8-point favorite in this American Athletic Conference contest with the total at 132.

TCU visits Oklahoma State on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Horned Frog snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday with a 73-55 win in Atlanta against Texas A&M as a 1-point favorite. The victory improved head coach Jamie Dixon’s team to a 5-2 mark. The Cowboys have opened their season with six straight victories after their 67-64 win at Wichita State on Saturday as a 3-point favorite. Oklahoma State is a 5-point favorite in this Big 12 showdown with an over/under of 133.5.

Mississippi travels to Middle Tennessee on the CBS Sports Network for an 8 PM ET tipoff. The Rebels have won their first three games of the season after their 68-54 victory against Central Arkansas on Monday as a 23-point favorite. Middle Tennessee has won two of their last three games with their 73-57 victory over Covenant on Saturday in a non-boarded contest. The win raised the Blue Raiders' record to a 2-3 mark. Ole Miss is a 12.5-point road favorite with a total of 135.

Duke visits Notre Dame in an ACC clash on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Blue Devils lost their second game in their last three games after their 83-68 loss to Illinois last Thursday as a 3-point favorite. Duke is just 2-2 on the season, with their other setback being a 75-69 loss at home to Michigan State. They will be without their star freshman, Jalen Johnson, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Notre Dame has won two of their last three games after they upset Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Saturday by a 64-63 score as a 7.5-point underdog. The Blue Devils are 4-point road favorites with an over/under of 145.5.

Tulane hosts Memphis in an American Athletic Conference clash on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Green Wave have won their first four games of the season after they defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday by a 67-56 score as an 18.5-point favorite. The Tigers had their three-game winning streak end on Saturday with their 74-71 upset loss to Auburn in Atlanta as a 7.5-point favorite. Memphis is a 10-point favorite with the total at 135.5.

Matchweek 13 in the English Premier League continues with six matches. Three matches take place at 1 PM ET. Arsenal hosts Southampton on the NBC Sports Network as a -0.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75. Leeds United plays at home against Newcastle United as a -0.75 goal line favorite with a total of 2.75. Leicester City hosts Everton as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the over/under at 2.75.

The final three matches start at 3 PM ET. The NBC Sports Network has the premier contest of the week, with Liverpool hosting Tottenham at Anfield in a showdown of the top two teams in the English Premier League table. Liverpool is a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.75. Brighton plays at Fulham in a pick ‘em matchup with the over/under at 2.25. West Ham United plays at home against Crystal Palace as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total at 2.25.

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