Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NBA, NCAA Basketball and NHL Previews and Odds - 03/21/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins with eight games. The card tips off at 12:15 PM ET Illinois facing Loyola-Illinois on CBS at Bankers Fieldhouse. The Fighting Illini have won eight in a row after their 78-49 victory against Drexel as a 19.5-point favorite on Friday. The Ramblers won their seventh straight game with their 71-60 win against Georgia Tech as a 5.5-point favorite on Friday. Illinois is a 7-point favorite with the total set at 133 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Baylor plays Wisconsin on CBS at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 2:40 PM ET. The Bears have won five of six after beating Hartford, 79-55, as a 25.5-point favorite on Friday. The Badgers have won two of three after they upset North Carolina, 85-62, as a 2-point underdog on Friday. The Bears are a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 137.

West Virginia faces Syracuse on CBS at Bankers Fieldhouse at 5:15 PM ET. The Mountaineers snapped a two-game losing streak with an 84-67 win against Morehead State as a 13-point favorite on Friday. The Orange have won four of five with their 78-62 victory against San Diego State as a 3-point underdog on Friday. West Virginia is a 3-point favorite with a total of 147.5.

Texas Tech battles Arkansas on TNT at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 6:10 PM ET. The Red Raiders have won four of six with their 65-53 victory against Utah State as a 4.5-point favorite on Friday. The Razorbacks have won ten of their last eleven games with their 85-68 victory against Colgate as an 8.5-point favorite on Friday. Texas Tech is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5.

Houston battles Rutgers on TBS at Lucas Oil Stadium at 7:10 PM ET. The Cougars have won eight in a row with their 87-56 win against Cleveland State as a 20.5-point favorite on Friday. The Scarlet Knights have won three of four with their 60-56 win against Clemson as a 2.5-point favorite on Friday. Houston is an 8-point favorite with a total of 132. 

Florida plays Oral Roberts on truTV at Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7:45 PM ET. The Gators have won two of three with their 75-70 upset win against Virginia Tech as a 1.5-point underdog on Friday. The Golden Eagles won their sixth straight game in their 75-72 upset victory against Ohio State as a 15-point underdog on Friday. Florida is an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5.

Villanova goes against North Texas on TNT at the Bankers Field House at 8:45 PM ET. The Wildcats defeated Winthrop, 73-63, as a 6-point favorite on Friday. The Mean Green won their fifth straight in a 78-69 victory against Purdue as a 7.5-point underdog on Friday. Villanova is a 5.5-point favorite with the total at 127.

Oklahoma State battles Oregon State on TBS at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 9:40 PM ET. The Cowboys won their fourth game in their last five with a 69-60 victory against Liberty as a 7-point favorite on Friday. The Beavers won their seventh game in their last eight with their 70-56 upset win against Tennessee as a 9-point underdog on Friday. Oklahoma State is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 142.

Ten games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off at 1 PM ET, with Miami hosting Indiana as a 5-point favorite with a total at 217.5. The slate concludes at 10 PM ET with the Los Angeles Lakers visiting Phoenix and Dallas playing at Portland. None of the games are on national television.

Four games are on the NHL schedule. Pittsburgh hosts New Jersey at 1 PM ET as a -213 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Vegas visits the Los Angeles Kings on the NBC Sports Network at 6 PM ET as a -160 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5. The card concludes at 8:30 PM ET with Nashville visiting Dallas. 

Matchweek 29 of the English Premier League concludes with two matches. Arsenal travels to West Ham United on Peacock at 11 AM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Tottenham visits Aston Villa on the NBC Sports Network at 3:30 PM ET as a -0.25 money line road favorite with the total at 2.5.

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