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

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card features the conclusion of Week 12 of the National Football League along with college basketball and two matches in the English Premier League.

The college basketball card begins in the afternoon, including games in the Maui Invitational, which is taking place this year in Asheville, North Carolina. The opener of this tournament takes place at noon ET on ESPN2 with Texas playing Davidson. The Longhorns are 8-point favorites, with the total set at 136.5. At 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2 in the Maui Invitational (in Asheville), Indiana plays Providence. The Hoosiers are a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 140 (all odds from BetOnline).

At 6 PM ET, St. John’s plays Boston College on ESPN at the Mohegan Sun Arena mini-bubble in Uncasville, Connecticut. This game is a pick ‘em with a total of 148.5. 

The third game of the Maui Invitational takes place at 7 PM ET on ESPN2, with North Carolina playing UNLV. The Tar Heels are 12.5-point favorites, with the total at 151. 

Kansas State hosts UMKC at 8 PM ET on ESPNU. The Wildcats are 10.5-point favorites with an over/under of 130.

The fourth game of the Maui Invitational concludes the ESPN2 coverage at 9:30 PM ET. Stanford plays Alabama with the Crimson Tide 2.5-point favorites, with the total set at 148.5.

Two matches take place in the English Premier League with both broadcasts on the NBC Sports Network. At 12:30 PM ET, Leicester City hosts Fulham as a -1 goal line favorite with the over/under at 2.75. Aston Villa travels to West Ham United at 3 PM ET with the Hammers a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total at 2.75.

The Monday night game on ESPN is between the top two teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race. 

This meeting between Seattle and Philadelphia is the third time these two teams have played at the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field in just over a calendar year. These two teams played in the regular season last year on November 24th, with the Seahawks winning by a 17-9 score. These two teams then played again on this field in the NFC wildcard playoff round on January 5th, which Seattle also won by an identical 17-0 score. 

The Seahawks ended a two-game losing streak with their 28-21 victory over Arizona 11 days ago, which raised their record to a 7-3 mark. Russell Wilson completed 23 of 28 passes for 197 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He is completing 70.7% of his passes for 2986 yards with 30 touchdown passes and ten interceptions for the season. 

The Seahawks go into this game in first place in the NFC West with a 1/2 game lead over the Los Angeles Rams, who fell to a 7-4 mark with their loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Philadelphia can take over first place in the NFC East with a victory tonight after both Washington and the New York Giants raised their record to 4-7 with wins this week. 

The Eagles lost their second game in a row with their 22-17 loss at Cleveland last Sunday as a 2.5-point underdog. Carson Wentz completed 21 of 35 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns but two interceptions in the loss. The embattled quarterback is completing a career-low of 58.4% of his passes, and his 73.3 passer rating is also a career-low. 

The Seahawks are a 6.5-point road favorite with the total set at 49. Kickoff is at 8:15 PM ET.

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