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

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card tips off at 1 PM ET with two games. Tulsa visits South Florida as a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 127.5 (all odds from BetOnline). St. Bonaventure plays at home against Saint Joseph’s as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 145.

At 6 PM ET, Richmond hosts Rhode Island on the CBS Sports Network. The Spiders have lost two of their last three games after their 69-66 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday to lower their record to a 7-3 mark. The Rams are 5-5 after winning their last two games with a victory against Saint Joseph’s on Saturday by an 85-77 score as a 12-point favorite. Richmond is a 4-point favorite with the total at 145.

At 7 PM ET, Tennessee plays at home against Arkansas on ESPN2. The Volunteers lost their first game in eight games on Saturday in a 71-63 upset loss to Alabama as a 10-point favorite. The Razorbacks also suffered their first loss in ten games on Saturday in their 81-68 upset loss to Missouri as a 6.5-point favorite. Tennessee ranks ninth in the AP poll, and they are an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5.

Butler hosts Georgetown on FS1. The Bulldogs are just 2-5 after losing on Saturday at Seton Hall, 68-60, as an 8.5-point underdog. The Hoyas have lost three in a row to drop to 3-6 with their 64-60 loss to Marquette as a 4.5-point underdog. Butler is a 4.5-point favorite with the total at 141.

Xavier plays at home against St. John’s at 8 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Musketeers dropped to 8-2 with two straight losses after their 85-68 upset loss to Seton Hall as a 3-point favorite last Wednesday. The Red Storm take the court with their 6-4 record for the first time since December 20th when they defeated Georgetown by a 94-83 score as a 4-point favorite. Xavier is a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 155.5.

Baylor hosts Oklahoma at 9 PM ET on ESPN2. The Bears improved their record to a 9-0 mark on Saturday with their 76-65 win at Iowa State as a 15.5-point favorite. The Sooners have won four of their last five games with their 75-71 victory against West Virginia as a 1.5-point favorite on Saturday. Baylor is an 11.5-point favorite with the total at 151.

Creighton is at home against Seton Hall in a game broadcast on FS1. The Bluejays are 8-2 with four straight wins after they won at Providence by a 67-65 score as a 4-point favorite. The Pirates have won three in a row to improve their 8-4 mark with their 68-60 win against Butler. Creighton is a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5.

Texas A&M visits South Carolina on ESPNU. The Gamecocks are 2-2 after they beat Florida A&M by a 78-71 score as a 19-point favorite on Saturday. The Aggies are 6-2 with three wins in their last four games after they defeated Auburn on Saturday by a 68-66 score as a 1-point favorite. South Carolina is a 4-point favorite with the total at 137.5.

At 10 PM ET, Utah State plays on the road against New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network. The Aggies have a 7-3 record with six straight wins after they defeated Air Force on the road by a 72-53 score as a 14.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Lobos are 3-4 with four straight losses after their 84-74 setback against Nevada on Saturday as a 5.5-point underdog. Utah State is a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5.

The college basketball card concludes at 11 PM ET with Boise State hosting Air Force on FS1. The Broncos won their seventh game in a row to raise their record to a 7-1 mark with their 87-86 win at San Jose State as a 26-point favorite on Saturday. The Falcons are 3-5 after their loss at home to Utah State on Saturday. Boise State is an 18-point favorite with the total set at 132.5.

The NBA card features 11 games featured by a doubleheader on ESPN. The opening contest on ESPN tips off at 7:35 PM ET with Miami playing at home against Miami in a rematch of their Eastern Conference Finals series. The Heat won  Game 7 of that series by a 125-114 score on September 27th in the bubble as a 3-point underdog. Miami raised their mark this season to a 3-3 record on Monday when they crushed Oklahoma City by a 118-90 score as a 9-point favorite. Boston has won four of their last five games to improve their record to 5-3 with their 126-114 upset win at Toronto on Monday as a 6-point underdog. The Heat are 2.5-point favorites with an over/under of 218.

The ESPN doubleheader concludes with the Los Angeles Clippers visiting Golden State for a game starting at 10:05 PM ET. The Warriors have pulled off two straight upset victories to improve to 4-3 after their 137-106 win at home against Sacramento as a 1-point underdog on Sunday. The Clippers fell to 5-3 on Tuesday when they were upset at home against San Antonio by a 116-113 score as a 7.5-point favorite.

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