Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL, NHL, NBA and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/07/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card tips off at 11 AM ET with Delaware playing Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic tournament at the Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisburg, Virginia. The Pride is a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 139.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Houston hosts Memphis on CBS at noon ET. The Cougars are ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll with a 20-3 record. They won their fifth game in their last six with their 98-52 victory against South Florida as an 18.5-point favorite last Sunday. The Tigers, 15-6, won their sixth straight game with a 73-52 victory at South Florida last Tuesday. Houston is a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 134. 

Tennessee plays at home against Florida on ESPNU as a 4.5-point favorite, with the total at 137.5. Winthrop is at home against Campbell in the Big South conference tournament championship game on ESPN as an 11.5-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5. 

Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Fox at 12:30 PM ET. The Hawkeyes rank fifth in the nation with a 19-7 record. They won their sixth game in their last seven games with a 102-64 victory against Nebraska as a 17.5-point favorite on Thursday. The Badgers are 25th by the AP with a 16-10 record. They lost their fourth game in their last five with their 73-69 loss at Purdue as a 2-point underdog on Tuesday. Iowa is a 6-point favorite with a total of 144.

North Alabama plays Liberty in the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game at the UNF Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on ESPN at 2 PM ET. The Flames are a 13.5-point favorite with the over/under of 133.5. Drake plays Loyola-Illinois on CBS at 2:10 PM ET in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. 

Baylor plays at home against Texas Tech on ESPN at 4 PM ET. The Bears are ranked third by the AP with a 20-1 record after they defeated Oklahoma State, 81-70, as a 12.5-point favorite on Thursday. The Red Raiders are 18th in the AP poll with a 17-8 record. They won their third straight game with an 81-54 victory against Iowa State as a 17.5-point favorite on Thursday. Baylor is an 8-point favorite with the total at 138. Michigan plays at Michigan State on CBS at 4:30 PM ET. The Wolverines are second in the nation with a 19-2 record. They defeated the Spartans, 69-50, as an 11.5-point favorite on Thursday. Michigan State has lost two of three since upsetting Ohio State. Michigan is an 8-point road favorite with an over/under of 137.

ESPNU broadcasts the two semifinal games in the Southern Conference tournament at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina. East Tennessee State plays UNC-Greensboro at 5 PM ET. Mercer goes against VMI at 7:30 PM ET. 

Oregon travels to Oregon State on FS1 at 8 PM ET. The Ducks, 18-5, defeated UCLA by an 82-74 score as a 6-point favorite on Wednesday. The Beavers, 14-11, have won three in a row with their 75-70 upset win at Utah as a 5.5-point underdog on Wednesday. Oregon is a 5.5-point road favorite with the total at 136.

Eight games are on the NHL docket. Buffalo plays at New York against the Islanders on NBC at noon ET.  The Sabres lost their sixth in a row with their 5-2 loss to New York on Saturday. The Islanders have won four in a row. 

Tampa Bay visits Chicago on the NBC Sports Network at 2 PM ET. The Lightning had their five-game winning streak snapped on Friday with their 4-3 loss on the road against the Blackhawks. Chicago has won four of their last six games. Tampa Bay is a -186 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. 

Boston hosts New Jersey on the NBC Sports Network at 5 PM ET. The Bruins beat Washington by a 5-1 score on Friday, while the Devils lost to the New York Rangers, 6-3, yesterday. Boston is a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. 

Pittsburgh is at home against the New York Rangers on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 PM ET. The Penguins defeated Philadelphia by a 4-3 score yesterday, while the Rangers won their fifth game in their last seven against New Jersey yesterday. Pittsburgh is a -141 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.

The NBA All-Star Game will be played at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta at 8 PM ET on TNT. Team LeBron is a 4-point favorite against Team Durant, with the total at 314. The Dunk Contest will be at halftime. The 3-Point Contest and Skills Competition is at 6:30 PM ET on TNT.

Matchweek 27 in the English Premier League continues with four matches on the NBC Sports Network. West Bromwich Albion hosts Newcastle United at 7 AM ET as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total at 2.25. Liverpool plays at home against Fulham at 9 AM ET as a -1.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75. Manchester City is at home against Manchester United at 11:30 AM ET as a -1 goal line favorite with the total of 2.75. Tottenham hosts Crystal Palace at 2:15 PM ET as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5.

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