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

by Alec McMordie

The Tuesday sports card features action in college basketball and the NBA.

The college basketball card tips off at 2 PM ET, with Kent State hosting Toledo as a 1.5-point favorite with the total set at 145.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

At 7 PM ET, ESPNU has Texas Tech playing at home against Kansas State. The Red Raiders fell to an 8-3 record on Saturday with an 82-77 upset loss at home to Oklahoma State as an 8-point favorite. Texas Tech begins the week ranked 18th in the nation by the Associated Press. Kansas State has a 5-6 record after losing at home to TCU on Saturday as a 3.5-point underdog. Texas Tech is a 16-point favorite with an over/under of 125.

Davidson visits Duquesne at 7 PM on the CBS Sports Network. The Wildcats fell to 5-4 after their 80-74 loss at home to Richmond as a pick ‘em last Wednesday. Duquesne fell to 2-2 on Sunday when they were upset at George Washington as an 8-point favorite. The Dukes are a 1-point favorite with a total of 136.

Florida plays at Alabama at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. The Gators are 5-1 with two straight wins after defeating LSU by an 83-79 score as a 1-point favorite on Saturday. Alabama has won three in a row after they upset Tennessee in Knoxville as a 10-point underdog on Saturday by a 71-63 score to improve their record to 7-3. The Crimson Tide are 2.5-point favorites with an over/under of 154.

The opening game in the Tuesday night college basketball double-header on ESPN at 8 PM ET involves two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference underperforming despite NCAA Tournament aspirations. 

North Carolina snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday with their 66-65 victory over Notre Dame as a 9.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels had lost on the road at Georgia Tech and North Carolina State before that win. Head coach Roy Williams’ team has also experienced high-profile losses at Iowa and on a neutral court against Texas on a buzzer-beating shot. North Carolina has posted victories against Kentucky and Stanford.

Miami (FL) has opened the season 4-4 after losing two straight games along with four of their last five contests. The Hurricanes last played on Saturday, where they lost at home to Clemson, 66-65, as a 4.5-point underdog. That setback came on the heels of a 2-point loss at Virginia Tech. 

North Carolina is a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 140.5.

Michigan State hosts Rutgers on ESPN 2 in a battle of ranked Big Ten foes at 9 PM ET. The Spartans ended a three-game slide on Saturday with an 84-77 victory at Nebraska as a 9.5-point favorite. MSU is 7-3 and ranks 23rd in the AP poll. The Scarlet Knights have lost two of their last three games after losing a nail-biter at home to Iowa on Saturday, 77-75, as a 0.5-point underdog. Rutgers has a 7-2 record, and they rank 15th by the AP. Michigan State is a 1.5-point favorite with the over/under at 152. 

UConn travels to Marquette for a 9 PM ET tip on FS1. The Huskies rebounded from their first loss in five games to start the season against Creighton by defeated DePaul, 82-61, as an 8.5-point favorite last Wednesday. Marquette snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 64-60 victory at Georgetown as a 4.5-point favorite to improve their 6-5 record. The Golden Eagles are 4.5-point favorites with a total of 139. 

Memphis visits Central Florida on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Tigers have won two of their last three games to improve their record to a 6-4 mark with their 58-57 win against South Florida as a 10-point favorite last Tuesday. The Knights are 3-3 after losing two in a row on Saturday with a 68-61 upset loss at South Florida as a 1-point favorite. Memphis is a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 137.

The nationally-televised college basketball card concludes at 10 PM ET on ESPN, with Kansas playing at TCU. The Jayhawks last played on Saturday when they were stunned at home against Texas in an 84-59 loss as a 4.5-point favorite. Kansas is ranked sixth by the AP with an 8-2 record. The Horned Frogs have won five in a row with their victory at Kansas State on Saturday, 67-60, as a 3.5-point favorite. TCU raised their record to 9-2. The Jayhawks are a 5.5-point road favorite with the total set at 138.5.

Five games are on the NBA docket. The card starts at 7:30 PM ET with Brooklyn hosting Utah. Chicago visits Portland at 10:30 PM ET to conclude the slate. None of the games are on national television.

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