Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NHL and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/08/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card tips off at 6 PM ET with the first game in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament between Elon and Hofstra. The Phoenix, 8-8, won their sixth straight game on Sunday with their 72-71 upset win against James Madison as a 4.5-point underdog. The Pride, 12-9, advanced to the semifinals with an 83-75 win against Delaware as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Colonial Athletic Association tournament is taking place at the Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The CBS Sports Network has the broadcast.

Milwaukee plays Cleveland State at 6:30 PM ET in the first game of the Horizon League tournament semifinals. The Phoenix improved to 10-11 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday with a 94-92 upset victory in overtime at Wright State as a 13-point underdog. The Vikings improved to 17-7 in their last game on February 20th in a 108-104 win against IUPU-Fort Wayne as a 7.5-point favorite. The Horizon League semifinals are at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. Cleveland State is a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 140.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

Appalachian State plays Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference championship game on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Mountaineers, 16-11,  advanced to the finals with a 64-61 upset win in overtime against Coast Carolina as a 5-point underdog on Sunday. The Panthers, 16-5, joined them in the finals with an 84-73 victory as a 4.5-point favorite against Louisiana as a 4.5-point favorite. The Sun Belt tournament is at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. 

Mercer plays UNC-Greensboro in the Southern Conference championship game on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Bears, 18-10, reached the finals with a 73-59 win against VMI as a 1.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Spartans, 20-8, advanced on Sunday with their 77-65 win against East Tennessee State as a 3.5-point favorite. The Southern Conference tournament is at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Saint Mary’s plays Gonzaga on ESPN at 9 PM in the first game of the West Coast Conference semifinals. The Gaels, 13-4, won the third game in their last four on Saturday in the quarterfinals with their 52-47 win against Loyola-Marymount as a 5-point favorite. The Bulldogs are the number one ranked team in the nation with a 24-0 record. They last played on February 27th when they defeated Loyola-Marymount, 86-69, as a 25-point favorite. The semifinals of the WCC tournament are at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Gonzaga is a 17.5-point favorite with an over/under of 142.

Drexel plays Northeastern in the second semifinals game in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on the CBS Sports Network at 9:30 PM ET. The Dragons, 10-7, advanced from the quarterfinals on Sunday with an 80-75 win against the College of Charleston as a 4.5-point favorite. The Huskies improved to 10-8 with a 63-47 victory against William & Mary as a 7.5-point favorite on Sunday. 

Northern Kentucky plays Oakland University in the second semifinals game in the Horizon League tournament on ESPN2 at 9:30 PM ET. The Norse, 14-10, won their third game in their last four with a 70-69 upset win as a 1.5-point underdog against Detroit in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Grizzlies, 11-17, won their third game in their last four with an 87-83 victory against Youngstown State as a 3-point favorite in the quarterfinals last Tuesday. Northern Kentucky is a -1.5 point favorite, with the total at 148.5.

Pepperdine plays BYU in the second semifinals game in the West Coast Conference tournament on ESPN2 at 11:30 PM ET. The Wave improved to 12-11 on Sunday with a 78-70 victory against Santa Clara as a 4-point favorite in the quarterfinals. The Cougars, 19-5, won their fourth straight game with a 65-51 win against Saint Mary’s as a 7.5-point favorite on February 27th. BYU is a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5. 

Five games are on the NHL docket. The card begins at 8 PM ET with Vegas playing at Minnesota as a -113 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5. Two games close the slate at 10 PM ET. Montreal visits Vancouver as a -150 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Los Angeles travels to Anaheim as a -104 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5.

Matchweek 27 of the English Premier League continues with two matches. Chelsea hosts Everton on the NBC Sports Network at 1 PM ET as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. West Ham United plays at home against Leeds United at 3 PM ET on the NBC Peacock app as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total set at 2.75.

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