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

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features two college football bowl games, along with action in the NBA and college basketball, and the continuation of Matchweek 16 in the English Premier League.

The Cheez-It Bowl kicks off at 5:30 PM ET in a game between Oklahoma State and Miami (FL) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The Cowboys ended their regular season with a 7-3 record after their 42-3 victory at Baylor as a 6-point favorite on December 12th. The Hurricanes are 8-2 after they lost at home to North Carolina by a 62-26 score as a 3-point favorite on December 12th. Oklahoma State is a 1-point favorite with a total of 61 (all odds from BetOnline). ESPN has the broadcast.

The ESPN doubleheader continues at 9 PM ET with the Alamo Bowl between Texas and Colorado at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Longhorns are 6-3 on the season after their 69-31 win at Kansas State as a 7-point favorite on December 5th. The Buffaloes lost their first game in five days on December 12th, with their 38-21 loss to Utah as a 3-point favorite. Texas is a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 63.5.

Nine games are in the docket in the NBA. The TNT doubleheader starts at 7:35 PM ET with Milwaukee visiting Miami in their first meeting since the Heat defeated them in five games in Eastern Conference Semifinals last season. The Bucks have lost two of their first three games after their 130-110 upset loss at New York as a 13-point favorite on Sunday. The Heat are 1-1 so far this season after they defeated New Orleans last Friday by a 111-98 score as a 3-point favorite. Milwaukee is a 5.5-point favorite with the total at 223.

Phoenix hosts New Orleans in the TNT nightcap at 10:05 PM ET. The Suns improved their record to a 2-1 mark with their 116-100 win at Sacramento as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Pelicans have won two of their first three games after defeating San Antonio by a 98-95 score as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday. Phoenix is a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 223.5.

The nationally-televised college basketball card tips off at 7 PM ET. Rutgers hosts Purdue on FS1. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 14th in the nation in the latest Associated Press poll. They are 3.5-point favorites with a total of 139.5. Memphis plays at home against South Florida on ESPN2 as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136. Mercer is at home against Wofford on ESPNU as a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 144.5.

Houston travels to Tulsa for a game on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The fifth-ranked Cougars are 7.5-point road favorites with an over/under of 127. A battle of ranked Big Ten teams features on FS1 as well at 9 PM ET. Iowa is ranked 10th in the nation as they host the 19th ranked Northwestern. The Hawkeyes are 10.5-point favorites with a total of 152.5.

The festive fixture schedule continues with five matches to continue Matchweek 16 in the English Premier League. Four games start at 1 PM ET, headlined by Arsenal playing at Brighton and Hove Albion on the NBC Sports Network. Arsenal comes off a triumphant 3-1 win at home against Arsenal on Saturday to elevate them to 15th place with 17 points. The Seagulls come off a 2-2- draw at West Ham United on Sunday, which leaves them in 16th place with 13 points. Arsenal is a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

At 3 PM ET, Manchester United hosts Wolverhampton on the NBC Sports Network. The Red Devils come a 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Saturday, which has them in fourth place with 27 points. The Wolves settled for a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham on Sunday to give them 21 points, which puts them in 11th place in the EPL table. Man United is a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5.

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