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

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features action in college basketball, the NBA, the NHL, and the English Premier League in the afternoon.

The college basketball card tips off at 2 PM ET, with Tulsa visiting Temple as a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 143 (all odds from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball games begin at 7 PM ET. Texas hosts Oklahoma on ESPN2 in a battle of ranked Big 12 foes. The Longhorns raised their record to 11-2 with an 82-67 win against Kansas State as a 17-point favorite on January 16th. They rank fifth in the nation in the Associated Press poll. The Sooners won three in a row with their 75-68 upset victory at home against Kansas as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. They are ranked 24th by the AP with a 9-4 record. Texas is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 143.

Alabama plays at home against Kentucky on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Crimson Tide have won nine straight after they defeated Mississippi State on Saturday, 81-73, as a 9.5-point favorite. Alabama ranks 9th in the nation with a 13-3 record. The Wildcats ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday with their 82-69 win against LSU as a 1-point favorite. Yet John Calipari’s team is just 5-9 this season. Alabama is a 7.5-point favorite, with the total at 147. 

Memphis is at home against SMU on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Tigers won their second straight game to raise their record to 8-5 with their 80-53 win at East Carolina as a 7-point favorite on Sunday. SMU is 8-2 after their 78-65 win at Central Florida, 78-65, as a 5-point favorite on Saturday. Memphis is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140.

Saint Louis plays for the first time since December 23rd when they host Dayton at 8:30 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Billikens rank 22nd by the AP with a 7-1 record. The Flyers’ three-game winning streak ended on Saturday in a 66-43 upset loss at VCU as a 6.5-point favorite. Saint Louis is a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 135.5. 

UConn plays at home against Butler on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET. The Huskies fell to 7-3 with their second-straight loss on Saturday in a 74-66 setback at Creighton as a 7.5-point underdog. The Bulldogs are 5-7 with two straight wins after their 67-53 upset win at DePaul as a 2-point dog last Tuesday. UConn is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 125.5.

Auburn is at home against Missouri on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Tigers are 9-7 with three wins in their last four games after their 109-86 upset victory at South Carolina as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Tigers upset Tennessee in Knoxville, 73-64, as a 6.5-point underdog on Saturday. That victory improved Mizzou’s record to 10-2 while placing them 12th in the AP poll. Auburn is a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 148.5.

Duke hosts Georgia Tech on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Blue Devils have lost three in a row falling to 5-5 after their 70-65 loss at Louisville as a 2-point underdog. The Yellow Jackets’ five-game winning streak ended on Saturday in a 64-62 loss at Virginia as an 8.5-point underdog. Georgia Tech is now 7-4. Duke is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 142.

Three games are on the NBA slate. The card begins with Los Angeles Clippers visiting Atlanta at 7:35 PM ET. Utah plays at home at 9:05 PM ET to conclude the card. The Jazz are 11-point favorites with the total at 213.

Fourteen games are on the NHL docket. The New York Islanders visit Washington on the NBC Sports Network at 7:08 PM ET. The Islanders are 3-2-0 after losing at New Jersey by a 2-0 score on Sunday. The Capitals are 3-0-3 after losing to Buffalo, 4-3, on Sunday. New York is a -143 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

Matchweek 20 in the English Premier League begins with four matches on Tuesday. Two games start at 1 PM ET, with Leeds United visiting Newcastle United on the NBC Sports Network as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.75. The final two matches start at 3 PM ET. Manchester City visits West Bromwich on the NBC Sports Network as a -2 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3.25.

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