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

by Big Al Staff

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

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 7 PM ET. Iona hosts Monmouth on ESPNU. The Gaels, 6-5, lost their second-straight game on Wednesday in a 74-70 upset loss at Quinnipiac as a 7-point favorite. The Hawks, 10-5, take the court for the first time since February 6th when they defeated Manhattan, 71-69, as a 4.5-point favorite. Iona is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 150.5. 

Saint Louis travels to Dayton on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Billikens improved to 11-3 with their fourth straight victory on Tuesday with their 78-57 win against La Salle as a 16.5-point favorite. The Flyers dropped to 11-7 on Tuesday in their 91-89 loss at Rhode Island as a 2.5-point underdog. Saint Louis is a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 136.5.

Akron visits Ball State on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Zips raised their record to 13-4 with an 81-76 victory against Northern Illinois as a 15.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Cardinals, 7-10, lost their fifth game in their last six in a 75-62 loss to Bowling Green as a 4-point underdog on Tuesday. Akron is a 4.5-point road favorite, with the total at 143.

Wyoming plays in Lubbock, Texas, where New Mexico is playing their designated home games on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Cowboys, 11-9, defeated the Lobos at this site on Wednesday, 83-74, as a 6.5-point favorite. Wyoming is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139. 

Buffalo is at home against Toledo on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Bulls improved to 9-6 with their third straight win in an 86-54 win against Western Michigan as a 14.5-point favorite last Friday. The Rockets improved to 17-6 with an 87-75 win against Miami (OH) as an 11-point favorite on Tuesday. Buffalo is a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 161.5. 

Boise State hosts Utah State on FS1 at 10 PM ET. The Broncos improved to 17-4 on Wednesday in a 79-70 victory against the Aggies as a 1.5-point favorite. Utah State fell to 14-6 with the loss. Boise State is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5 in the rematch. 

UC-Santa Barbara plays at home against Cal-State Bakersfield on ESPNU at 11 PM ET. The Gauchos, 13-3, won their tenth straight game on Saturday with their 81-74 victory at Hawai’i as a 5.5-point favorite. The Roadrunners, 14-7, won their third game in a row last Saturday with a 65-50 win against Cal-San Diego as an 8.5-point favorite. UC-Santa Barbara is an 8.5-point favorite with a total of 130.5.

The NBA has ten games on the docket. A doubleheader on ESPN tips off at 7:30 PM ET with Chicago playing at Philadelphia. The Bulls won their second straight game on Wednesday with their 105-102 victory against Detroit as a 3-point favorite. The 76ers’ ended a three-game losing streak with a 118-113 win against Houston as an 8.5-point favorite on Wednesday.

The nightcap on ESPN is a rematch of Utah’s 114-96 win in Los Angeles against the Clippers as a 7-point favorite on Wednesday. The Jazz won their ninth straight game with that victory. The Clippers had their four-game winning steak snapped with the loss. 

Four games are on the NHL schedule. Two games begin the slate at 7 PM ET. Carolina hosts Chicago as a -186 money line favorite with a total of 6, and Florida visits Detroit as a -171 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The card concludes at 10 PM ET with Vancouver playing at home against Winnipeg as a -109 money line favorite with a total of 6.

Matchweek 25 of the English Premier League begins at 3 PM ET with Leed United traveling to play Wolverhampton in a pick ‘em matchup with the over/under at 2.5. The match is on the NBC Peacock app.

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