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

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features another full day of college basketball action as well as the second half MatchDay 5 of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, as well as a rare midweek game in the National Football League.

The college basketball card begins at 1:30 PM ET, with the final day of the Maui Invitational taking place on a neutral court in Asheville, North Carolina, this year. The opening game on ESPN has Indiana playing Stanford after both teams lost in the semifinals of this tournament.

At 2:30 PM ET, Army plays Florida on ESPN2 in the mini-bubble at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The championship of the Maui Invitational in Asheville takes place at 4 PM ET on ESPN, with Texas playing North Carolina.

At 5 PM ET, VCU travels to Penn State, where the Nittany Lions are a 4-point favorite with the total set at 143. FS1 has the broadcast. St. John’s plays BYU in Uncasville on ESPN2 with the Cougars a 1-point favorite and the over/under set at 158 (all odds from BetOnline).

The first game in the Jimmy V Classic at the Banker’s Field House in Indianapolis takes place at 7 PM ET on ESPN. West Virginia plays Gonzaga with the Bulldogs a 4-point favorite. Providence faces Alabama on ESPN2 in one of the consolation matches in the Maui Invitational in Asheville. The CBS Sports Network has Rhode Island hosting Seton Hall at 7 PM ET with the Pirates a 2-point road favorite with the total at 149.

At 9 PM ET, Oregon plays Missouri on a neutral court in Omaha, Nebraska. FS1 has the broadcast with the Ducks a 4-point favorite with a total of 139.5.

Davidson plays UNLV on ESPN2 at 9:30 PM ET in the final consolation game in the Maui Invitational in Asheville. 

The second game in the Jimmy V Classic takes place on ESPN at 10 PM ET. Baylor plays Illinois as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 144.5 at Banker’s Field House. 

The Wednesday sports card features the first eight matches in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 5. These matches are all reverse fixtures of the games played on October 20th in the round-robin group stage six-match schedule.

Two matches start at 12:55 PM ET. Krasnodar hosts Rennes in a pick ‘em contest with the total set at 2.5. RB Leipzig visits Istanbul Basaksehir as a -1.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3.

Another six matches take place at 3 PM ET. Sevilla hosts Chelsea in a battle for first place in Group E pick ‘em match with the total at 2.5. Borussia Dortmund hosts Lazio as a -1 goal line favorite with the over/under at 3. Club Brugge plays at home against Zenit as a -0.50 goal line favorite with a total of 2.75. Juventus hosts Dynamo Kyiv as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75. Barcelona travels to Ferencvaros as a -1 goal line road favorite with the total at 3. Paris Saint-Germain visits Old Trafford to play at Manchester United as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the over/under at 3.25. 

All eight games are available on the CBS Sports All-Access package. Alternatively, the CBS Sports Network broadcasts a whip-around show during the six 3 PM ET games.

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will finally play their Week 12 matchup on Wednesday afternoon, assuming neither team experiences any more positive COVID tests. This game has been moved three times already, with its initial prime-time slot for Thanksgiving moved to Sunday afternoon and then Tuesday evening before this final move to the 3:40 PM ET kickoff on Wednesday. NBC still has the broadcast to make up for the lost Thursday night game, but the network could not accommodate an evening start given their previous commitment to broadcast the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center Wednesday evening. Pittsburgh is a 10-point favorite with the total set at 42.5.

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