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

by Alec McMordie

The Thursday sports card features action in college basketball, the NBA, the NHL, and the English Premier League.

The college basketball card tips off at 5 PM ET, with USC hosting Oregon State on ESPNU. The Trojans, 12-3, have won seven of their last eight games with their 76-68 victory at California as an 8.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Beavers, 8-5, have won three in a row with their 76-64 upset win at Oregon as a 9-point underdog on Saturday. USC is a 12-point favorite with the total set at 136 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Winthrop plays at home against UNC-Asheville on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Eagles remained unbeaten at 15-0 in their last game on January 20th, with their 78-66 win at Presbyterian as a 16-point favorite. The Bulldogs, 9-8, lost their third in a row after getting upset at Radford, 73-63, as a 3.5-point favorite on Monday. Winthrop is a 12-point favorite with an over/under at 153.

Rutgers plays at home against Michigan State on FS1 at 7 PM ET. The Scarlet Knights, 8-6, snapped their five-game losing streak on Sunday with their 74-70 upset win at Indiana as a 6.5-point underdog. The Spartans, 8-4, take the court for the first time since January 8th when they were upset at home to Purdue, 55-54, as a 6-point favorite. Rutgers is a 3-point favorite with a total of 142.

Louisiana Tech visits Southern Mississippi on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Bulldogs, 12-5, won their fourth game in their last five contests after their 73-55 victory at UTEP as a 1.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Golden Eagles fell to 7-8 on Saturday with a 78-72 loss at UTSA as a 5.5-point underdog. Louisiana Tech is a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 131.5. 

SMU is at home against Memphis on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET. The Tigers improved their record to 9-5 on Tuesday when they defeated the Mustangs, 76-72, as a 2.5-point home favorite. SMU, 8-3, is a 3-point favorite with the total at 142 in this rematch.

Houston visits Tulane on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Cougars are 13-1 with six straight wins after their 68-51 victory at Temple as a 12.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Green Wave, 6-4, have lost three of their last four contests after they lost at home to the Owls, 65-57, as a 1-point underdog back on January 16th. Houston is a 17.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 127.

San Diego State hosts Wyoming on FS1 at 9 PM ET. The Aztecs improved their record to 11-4 with their 91-59 victory at Air Force as a 16.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Cowboys are 10-5 with three straight wins after their 93-88 victory at Nevada as a 4.5-point underdog on Sunday. San Diego State is a 16-point favorite with the total at 142.

Belmont visits Austin Peay on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Bruins are 16-1 with thirteen straight victories after their 114-62 win against SIU-Edwardsville as a 17-point favorite on Saturday. The Governors fell to 8-5 with their 76-70 upset loss to Jacksonville State as a 4-point favorite on Saturday. Belmont is a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 152.

Arizona is at home against Stanford on ESPN2 at 10 PM ET. The Wildcats, 12-3, won their third straight game on Monday with their 80-67 victory against Arizona State as a 4.5-point favorite. The Cardinal improved to 9-5 when they upset UCLA, 73-72, as a 6-point underdog. Arizona is a 7.5-point favorite, with the total set at 143.5. 

Arizona State plays at home against California on FS1 at 11 PM ET. The Sun Devils have lost six in a row to fall to 4-8 with their loss at Arizona on Monday. The Golden Bears, 7-10, have lost two in a row after their 76-68 loss to USC as an 8.5-point underdog on Friday. Arizona State is an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 144.

Fresno State hosts New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network at 11 PM ET. The Bulldogs fell to 5-6 with their third straight loss last Wednesday in a 73-51 loss at Boise State as an 11.5-point underdog. The Lobos have lost three of four to fall to 5-9 with their 83-71 upset loss to San Jose State as a 9.5-point favorite on Saturday. Fresno State is a 6.5-point favorite, with the total at 135.

The NBA has four games on tap, including a doubleheader on TNT. Houston plays at home against Portland at 7:35 PM ET. The Rockets, 7-9, won their third in a row with their 107-88 win against Washington as a 3-point favorite on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers, 9-7, lost their second game in their last three contests on Monday with their 125-122 upset loss to Oklahoma City as a 4.5-point favorite. Houston is a 4-point favorite. 

The nightcap on TNT has Golden State visiting Phoenix at 10:05 PM ET. The Warriors raised their record to 10-8 with their 123-111 win against Minnesota as a 9-point favorite on Wednesday. The Suns lost their third game in a row to fall to 8-8 with their 102-97 upset loss to Oklahoma City as an 8-point favorite last night. 

The NHL has 14 games on the Thursday schedule. Seven games begin the card at 7 PM ET, with two games finishing it up at 10 PM ET. None of these games are on national television. 

Matchweek 20 in the English Premier League concludes at 3 PM ET with Liverpool visiting Tottenham on the NBC Sports Network. The reigning EPL champions are a -0.25 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.75.

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