Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAA Basketball Previews and Odds - 03/27/2021

by Alec McMordie

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

The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament tips off at 2:40 PM ET. Oregon State plays Loyola-Chicago on CBS. The Beavers, seeded 12th, have won eight of their last nine games after their 80-70 upset win against Oklahoma State as a 5.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Ramblers, seeded eighth, have won eight straight with their 71-578 upset win against Illinois as a 7-point underdog on Sunday. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site. Loyola-Chicago is a 7-point favorite with the total set at 125.5 (all odds from BetOnline). The winner plays the victor of Syracuse/Houston in the Midwest regional final on Monday. 

Villanova battles Baylor on CBS at 5:15 PM ET. The Wildcats, a fifth seed, advanced to the Sweet 16 with their 84-61 win against North Texas as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Bears, the number one seed in the South region, have won six of seven with their 76-63 win against Wisconsin as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. Baylor is a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The winner plays the victor of Oral Roberts/Arkansas in the South regional final on Monday.

Oral Roberts faces Arkansas on TBS at 7:25 PM ET. The Golden Eagles, seeded 15th, have won seven in a row after their 81-78 upset victory against Florida on Sunday. The Razorbacks, a three-seed, upset Texas Tech, 68-66, as a 2-point underdog on Sunday. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site. Arkansas is an 11-point favorite with the total at 158.5. 

Syracuse plays Houston on TBS at 9:55 PM ET. The Orange, seeded 11th, have won five of six with their 75-72 win against West Virginia as a 2.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Cougars, a two-seed, won their ninth straight game with their 63-60 win against Rutgers as a 7-point favorite on Sunday. Hinkle Fieldhouse is the neutral court. Houston is a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5.

The semifinals of the National Invitational take place on ESPN at Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. Memphis plays Colorado State in the opener at 1 PM ET. The Tigers defeated Boise State, 59-56, as a 4-point favorite on Thursday. The Rams upset North Carolina State, 65-61, as a 1.5-point underdog on Thursday. Memphis is a 4-point favorite with the total at 138.

The second semifinals contest has Mississippi State playing Louisiana Tech at 3:30 PM ET. Mississippi State won three of four with their 68-67 victory against Richmond as a 4-point favorite on Thursday. Louisiana Tech has won eight of nine after their 72-65 victory against Western Kentucky in a pick ‘em contest on Thursday. Mississippi State is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5.

Nine games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off at 8 PM ET with three games. The schedule closes out at 10 PM ET with Cleveland visiting Sacramento and Philadelphia playing at Los Angeles against the Clippers. None of the games are on national television. 

The NHL has 11 games on the schedule. The puck drops at 1 PM ET with two games. The New York Rangers play at Philadelphia as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Boston hosts Buffalo as a -355 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two games conclude the card at 10 PM ET, with Winnipeg playing at Calgary and San Jose visiting Arizona.

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