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

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card features action in the NBA and college basketball, with the main attraction being the College Football National Championship Game.

Eight games are on the NBA docket. Four games tip-off the card at 7 PM ET. Two contests conclude the schedule at 10 PM ET. None of the games are on national television.

The college basketball schedule tips off at 3 PM ET with SMU hosting Temple in an American Athletic Conference showdown. The Mustangs are an 11.5-point favorite with the total set at 142 (all odds from BetOnline).

UConn travels to DePaul at 6 PM ET on FS1. The Huskies raised their record to 6-1 after their 72-60 win at Butler as a 1.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Blue Demons have lost three in a row to fall to 1-3 season after losing to Seton Hall on Saturday by a 76-68 score. UConn is a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 140. 

Boise State plays at Wyoming at 9 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Broncos lost their opening game of the season at Houston by a 68-58 score but have since rattled off nine straight victories. They last played on Friday when they defeated Air Force by an 80-69 score as an 18.5-point favorite with a total of 132. Wyoming is now 7-2 on the season after their six-game winning streak ended last Monday in an 81-61 loss at Fresno State as a 3.5-point underdog. Boise State is an 8.5-point road favorite with the total at 147.5.

Ohio State and Alabama will play for the 2020-21 College Football National Championship at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, is the site for the game.

The Buckeyes reached this pinnacle game by upsetting Clemson in the national semifinals on January 1st, 49-28, as a 7-point underdog. Ohio State generated 639 yards against the Tigers’ defense while outgaining them by 195 yards. Their 8.9 yards-per-play average was their highest output in a game since 2017 when they averaged 9.2 yards-per-play against Rutgers. 

Alabama beat Notre Dame in the national semifinals, 31-14, as an 18.5-point favorite on January 1st. Mac Jones completed 25 of 30 passes for 297 yards with four touchdowns and without an interception in the victory. The junior completed 77% of his passes for 4036 yards with 36 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Jones’ top target was DeVonta Smith. The Heisman Trophy winner caught 105 passes for 1640 yards with 20 touchdowns. 

Alabama won 11 of their 12 games by at least 15 points. They were riding an NCAA record 24-game streak where they scored at least 35 points before the Fighting Irish held them to 31 points. 

Ohio State makes their first appearance in the National Championship Game since 2014 when they won the title. The Buckeyes defeated the Crimson Tide in the semifinals by a 42-35 score, which was the last time these two teams played on the gridiron. Alabama will be playing in their eighth championship game since 2009. The Tide's last appearance in this game was on January 8th, 2018, when Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench to lead their second-half rally to defeat Georgia in overtime by a 26-23 score. The Crimson Tide has won five national championships under head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama is an 8.5-point favorite, with the total set at 75.

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