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

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card features action in college basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

The college basketball card tips off at 3 PM ET, with UNC-Asheville hosting Radford.

The nationally-televised college basketball games begin at 7 PM ET. Virginia plays at home against Syracuse on ESPN. The Cavaliers won their sixth straight games against Georgia Tech, 64-62, as an 8.5-point favorite on Saturday. They rank 13th in the Associated Press poll with a 10-2 record. The Orange are 9-4 after their 78-60 victory against Virginia Tech as a 1-point favorite on Saturday. Virginia is a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 131.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

Furman plays at home against UNC-Greensboro on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Paladins suffered their second-straight upset loss with their 71-62 defeat at East Tennessee State on Saturday as a 4-point favorite. They are now 10-5. The Spartans have won four straight games after defeating UT-Chattanooga, 74-66, as a 3.5-point favorite on Saturday. UNC-Greensboro is 10-5 on the season. Furman is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 137.5. 

Bradley is at home against Loyola-Chicago on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET.  The Braves had their three-game winning streak end on Wednesday to fall to 9-5 with their 71-65 upset loss at Illinois State as an 8.5-point favorite. Loyola-Chicago is 9-5 this season. The Ramblers won their fourth straight game on Wednesday to raise their record to 11-3 after defeating Valparaiso on the road, 75-39, as an 11.5-point favorite. 

Western Virginia plays at home against Texas Tech on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Mountaineers have won two of their last three after defeating Kansas State on the road, 69-47, as an 11-point favorite. They rank 14th in the nation by the AP with a 10-4 record. The Red Raiders are 12th in the AP poll with their 11-4 mark. They had their three-game winning streak snapped on January 16th in a  68-60 loss to Baylor as a 4.5-point underdog. West Virginia is a 2-point favorite with the total at 137.5.

Utah State visits UNLV on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Aggies are 12-4 with 11 straight victories after they beat Colorado State, 84-76, as a 7.5-point favorite on Thursday. The Runnin’ Rebels have won their last four to improve to 5-6 with a 99-45 victory against Benedictine-Arizona on Thursday in an off-the-board game. Utah State is a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 137.

Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Cowboys dropped to 9-4 after an 81-66 loss to Baylor as a 1-point favorite on Saturday. The Cyclones are 2-7 with three straight losses after they lost to Texas Tech, 91-64, as an 8.5-point underdog in their last game back on January 9th. Oklahoma State is a 3-point favorite with the total at 145.

The Monday college basketball card concludes with Arizona hosting Arizona State on ESPN2 at 11 PM ET. The Sun Devils will want to avenge their 84-82 loss in Tuscon on Thursday as a 2-point underdog. That was their fifth straight loss, which lowered their record to 4-7. The Wildcats improved to 11-3 with the victory. Arizona is a 7-point favorite with the over/under at 156.

Ten games are on the NBA schedule. Three games tip-off the card at 7 PM ET, with the two games concluding the night at 10 PM ET. None of the games are on national television.

The NHL has only one game on the Monday docket, with Vancouver playing at home against Ottawa at 10:08 PM ET. The Canucks are a -145 money line favorite with the total at 6.

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