Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NHL, NBA and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/04/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card begins at 11 AM ET with the first of four games in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. All four games are on the NBC Sports Network. Richmond plays Duquesne in the opener as a 5.5-point favorite, with the total set at 141.5 (all odds from BetOnline). Saint Joseph’s plays UMass at 1 PM ET after defeating La Salle on Wednesday, 72-66, as a 3-point favorite. The Minutemen are a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 152. Dayton plays Rhode Island at 3:30 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 137. George Washington plays George Mason in the final game at 5:30 PM ET after defeating Fordham, 53-49, as a 7-point favorite on Wednesday.

Michigan hosts Michigan State on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Wolverines are second in the nation by the Associated Press. They fell to 18-2 after their 76-53 upset loss to Illinois as an 8.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Spartans, 14-10, won their fourth game in their last five with their 64-58 victory against Indiana as a 3.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Michigan is a 12-point favorite with the total at 140.5.

Baylor plays at home against Oklahoma State on ESPN2 at 7 PM  ET. The Bears are ranked third nationally by the AP with a 19-1 record. They defeated West Virginia on the road, 94-89, as a 5.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Cowboys are ranked 17th by the AP with a 17-6 mark. They won their fifth in a row with a 79-75 victory against Oklahoma as a 2.5-point underdog on Monday. Baylor is an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 149.

Oklahoma is at home against Texas on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Sooners are ranked 16th in the nation by the AP with a 14-8 record. They lost their third straight game after a 79-75 upset loss at Oklahoma State as a 2.5-point favorite on Monday. The Longhorns rank 15th nationally by the AP with a 15-7 record. They have won four of six with their 81-67 win at Iowa State as a 12.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Oklahoma is a 2-point favorite, with the total at 142.

Colorado hosts Arizona State on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Buffaloes are ranked 24th by the AP with a 19-7 record. They won their third straight game with a 70-61 win against UCLA as a 6.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Sun Devils improved to 10-11 with a 77-74 win against Washington State as a 5-point favorite on Saturday. Colorado is a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 147.5.

Central Florida plays at East Carolina on ESPNU at 9 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total at 134. Utah State is at home against Wyoming on FS1 at 9:30 PM ET as a 16.5-point favorite with the total at 148.5.

Nine games are on the NBA slate before the All-Star Game break this weekend. Miami visits New Orleans on TNT at 8:35 PM ET. The Heat lost at home to Atlanta, 94-80, as a 2.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Pelicans lost their third game in their last four with their 128-124 upset loss to Chicago as a 6-point favorite on Wednesday. 

Ten games are on the NHL docket. The puck drops at 7 PM ET with five game,s with the slate concluding at 10 PM ET with Toronto playing at Vancouver. None of the games are on national television. 

Matchweek 26 in the English Premier League concludes with three matches. Tottenham travels to Fulham at 1 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.25. Everton plays at West Bromwich Albion at 1 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Liverpool hosts Chelsea at 3:15 PM ET as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the over/under at 2.5. All three games are on the NBC Peacock app.

All photographic images used for editorial content have been licensed from the Associated Press.

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