Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NCAA Basketball and NHL Previews and Odds - 03/05/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Friday sports card features action in NCAA basketball and the NHL.

The college basketball card begins at 11 AM ET with the first of four games in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Duquesne plays against St. Bonaventure at the E.J. Wade Arena in the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. The Dukes, 9-8, upset Richmond yesterday, 67-62, as a 3.5-point underdog. The Bonnies, 13-4, last played on Monday when they lost to Dayton, 55-52, as a 5.5-point favorite. St. Bonaventure is a 7.5-point favorite with the total set at 129.5 (all odds from BetOnline) on the NBC Sports Network.

UMass plays St. Louis at 1 PM ET at the Robins Center in Richmond, Virginia in the second quarterfinals contest in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen, 8-6, defeated Saint Joseph’s yesterday, 100-66, as an 8-point favorite. The Billikens improved to 13-5 with a 78-57 win against UMass as an 11-point favorite on Monday. Saint Louis is an 8-point favorite with the over/under at 143.5 on the NBC Sports Network. 

Dayton plays VCU at 3:30 PM ET at the Wade Center in Richmond in the third game in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Flyers raised their record to 14-8 with an 84-72 win against Rhode Island as a 3.5-point favorite yesterday. The Rams fell to 17-6 with a 65-57 loss at Davidson as a 3.5-underdog on Saturday. VCU is a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 133.5 on the NBC Sports Network.

Monmouth plays at Rider on ESPNU at 4 PM ET. The Hawks improved to 11-7 with their 77-74 win at Rider as a 5.5-point favorite yesterday. The Broncs fell to 5-15 with the loss. Monmouth is a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 153.5.

George Mason plays Davidson at 5:30 PM ET at the Robins Center in Richmond in the final game of the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. The Patriots, 12-8, defeated George Washington yesterday by a 73-59 score as a 7.5-point favorite. The Wildcats raised their record to 12-7 with a 65-57 win against VCU on Saturday. Davidson is a 5.5-point favorite with the total at 131 on the NBC Sports Network.

Buffalo hosts Kent State at 6 PM ET on ESPNU. The Bulls, 13-7, won their fourth straight game with an 80-78 win against Akron as a 6.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Golden Flashes, 15-6, won their fifth game in their last six with their 64-51 upset victory at Miami (OH) as a 6-point underdog. Buffalo is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 154.5.

Jacksonville State plays Belmont at 8 PM ET in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament at Evansville, Indiana. The Gamecocks, 18-8, won their fourth game in a row with their 68-65 upset win against Murray State as a 3.5-point underdog yesterday. The Bruins improved to 25-3 with a 78-61 victory against SIU-Edwardsville as a 19-point favorite yesterday. Belmont is a 7.5-point favorite with the total at 146 on ESPNU. 

Colorado State visits Nevada on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Rams, 17-4, won their fifth straight game with an 87-73 victory against New Mexico as a 19-point favorite on Wednesday. The Wolf Pack fell to 13-9 on Sunday with an 87-66 loss at Utah State as a 9.5-point underdog. Colorado State is a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 145.

Eastern Kentucky plays Morehead State at 10:30 PM ET in the second semifinals game in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament at Evansville. The Colonels, 22-7, won their seventh game in their last eight with a 70-67 victory against Austin Peay as a 3-point favorite yesterday. The Eagles, 21-7, won their fourth in a row with a 61-54 win against SE Missouri State as a 7.5-point favorite yesterday. Morehead State is a 1-point favorite with a total of 142 on ESPNU.

Six games are on the NHL docket. The slate begins at 7 PM with Boston hosting Washington as a -133 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The card concludes at 10:30 PM ET with Vegas traveling to San Jose as a -213 money line road favorite with the total at 6. None of the games are on national television.

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