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

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card tips off at 4 PM ET with UConn visiting Providence on FS1 at 4 PM ET. The Huskies, 8-4, have lost three of their last four games after their 80-73 loss to Seton Hall as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Friars, 9-10, have dropped seven of nine after their 92-81 loss to St. John’s as a 2-point favorite on Saturday. UConn is a 2-point road favorite with the total set at 133 (all odds from BetOnline).

UNC-Greensboro plays at home against Furman on ESPNU at 5 PM ET. The Spartans, 13-6, ended their seven-game winning streak on Monday in a 68-49 loss at Furman as a 4-point underdog. The Paladins have won two of three to improve to 12-6. UNC-Greensboro is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5.

Houston travels to South Florida on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Cougars are ranked 8th in the Associated Press poll with a 16-2 record. They have won nine of their last ten with their 112-46 win against Our Lady of the Lake on Saturday. The Bulls, 7-5, return to the court for the first time since January 9th, when they won at East Carolina, 69-63, as a 1-point favorite. Houston is an 11.5-point road favorite with the total at 128.5. 

Drake plays at home against Northern Iowa on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Bulldogs, 18-1, lost their first game of the season on Sunday in their 74-57 upset loss at Valparaiso as a 13-point favorite. The Panthers raised their record to 6-12 on Sunday with a 70-67 win against Indiana State as a 3-point favorite. Drake is a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 143.5.

Tennessee is at home against Georgia at 8 PM ET on ESPN2. The Volunteers are ranked 16th by the AP with a 13-4 record. They have won three of four with their 82-71 win at Kentucky as a 3.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Bulldogs, 12-6, won their third straight game on Saturday with their 73-70 win against Vanderbilt as a 4.5-point favorite. Tennessee is a 12.5-point favorite, with the total at 140.5.

Villanova hosts Marquette on FS1 at 9 PM ET. The Wildcats are ranked fifth in the nation by the AP with a 12-2 record. They defeated Georgetown, 84-74, as a 13.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Golden Eagles, 9-10, lost their fourth game in their last five on Saturday in a 71-68 loss as a 5-point underdog to Creighton. Villanova is a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. 

Saint Louis plays at home against Rhode Island on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Billikens improved to 8-3 with a 70-59 win against St. Bonaventure as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Rams, 9-11, lost their third straight game on Saturday to UMass, 75-63, as a 10-point favorite. Saint Louis is an 8-point favorite with the total at 138.

Mississippi State is at home against LSU on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Bulldogs improved to 11-9 on Saturday with their 75-59 upset win at South Carolina as a 3-point underdog. The Tigers, 11-6, lost their fourth game in their last five with their 98-60 loss as an 8.5-point underdog last Wednesday. Mississippi State is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146.

San Diego State hosts San Jose State on the CBS Sports Network at 11 PM ET. The Aztecs, 14-4, won their fifth in a row with their 85-54 victory against the Spartans as a 27.5-point favorite on Monday. San Jose State dropped to 5-12 with the loss that ended their three-game winning streak. San Diego State is a 28.5-point favorite with the total set at 144.

There are nine games on the NBA docket with a doubleheader on ESPN. Dallas is at home against Atlanta on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Mavericks won their third game in their last four on Monday with their 127-122 win against Minnesota as a 10-point favorite. The Hawks snapped their three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 132-121 upset win against Toronto as a 1.5-point underdog. Dallas is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 233. 

Milwaukee travels to Phoenix in the nightcap on ESPN at 10 PM ET. The Bucks have won five in a row with their 125-112 win at Denver as a 2-point favorite on Monday. The Suns won their sixth game in their last seven with a 119-113 win against Cleveland as a 5.5-point favorite on Monday. 

Two games are on the NHL slate, with Boston visiting the New York Rangers on the NBC Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Bruins won their seventh game in their last eight with their 2-1 win on Friday against Philadelphia. The Rangers had their two-game winning streak end on Monday in a 2-0 loss at home to the New York Islanders.

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