Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NHL, and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/06/2021

by Alec McMordie

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

The college basketball card tips off at noon ET. Florida State plays at Notre Dame on ESPN2. The Seminoles are ranked 11th in the nation in the Associated Press poll and are 6.5-point road favorites with the total set at 153 (all odds from BetOnline). Kentucky hosts South Carolina on ESPN as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 150. UConn plays at home against Georgetown on CBS as a 10-point favorite with the total at 137. Rutgers visits Minnesota on Fox as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 140.5.

Indiana State plays Loyola-Chicago in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference  in Saint Louis on the CBS Sports Network at 1 PM ET. The Ramblers are ranked 20th nationally by the AP.

West Virginia is at home against Oklahoma State on ESPN2 at 2 PM ET. The Mountaineers are ranked 6th nationally by the AP, and the Cowboys are ranked 17th. West Virginia is a 6-point favorite with the total at 148.5. Alabama travels to Georgia on CBS. The 8th ranked Crimson Tide is an 8-point road favorite with an over/under of 156. Purdue hosts Indiana on ESPN. The 23rd-ranked Boilermakers are a 7-point favorite, with the total at 134. Utah plays at home against Arizona State on FS1 as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 147. Villanova visits Providence on Fox at 2:30 PM ET. The 10th-ranked Wildcats are a 4.5-point road favorite with the total at 139.

Ohio State is at home against Illinois on ESPN at 4 PM ET. The Buckeyes are ranked 7th by the AP, with the Fighting Illini ranked 4th nationally. Ohio State is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 150.5. Virginia plays at Louisville on ESPN2, with the 21st-ranked Cavaliers a 2-point road favorite with the total at 121.5. USC visits UCLA on CBS as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 135. Missouri State plays Drake in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis on the CBS Sports Network. 

Creighton hosts Butler on Fox at 5 PM ET. The 14th-ranked Bluejays are a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 134. North Carolina plays at home against Duke on ESPN at 6 PM ET as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 148. Seton Hall visits St. John’s on FS1 at 7 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite, with the total at 152.5. Morehead State plays Belmont in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Evansville, Indiana on ESPN at 8 PM ET.

Loyola-Marymount plays Saint Mary’s in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. Davidson plays VCU in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond on the CBS Sports Network. Marquette is at home against Xavier on FS1 as a 1.5-point favorite, with the total at 144.

Utah State travels to Fresno State on FS1 as an 8.5-point road favorite with an over/under 132.5 at 11 PM ET. Wyoming hosts UNLV on the CBS Sports Network as a 1-point favorite with a total of 145. Santa Clara plays Pepperdine in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference in Las Vegas at 11:59 PM ET.

Twelve games are on the NHL docket, with three games beginning the slate at 1 PM ET. The NHL card concludes at 10:30 PM ET with Vegas playing at San Jose. None of the games are on national television. 

Matchweek 27 in the English Premier League begins on Saturday with four matches. Arsenal plays at Burnley on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -0.75 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.5. Southampton travels to Sheffield United on the NBC Sports Network at 10 AM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25. Aston Villa hosts Wolverhampton on NBC at 12:30 PM ET as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total at 2.25. Leicester City visits Brighton and Hove Albion on the NBC Peacock app at 3 PM ET in a pick ‘em matchup with an over/under of 2.25.

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