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

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday sports card features college basketball with additional action in the NBA, the NHL, and the English Premier League.

The college basketball card tips off at 2 PM ET with SIU-Edwardsville hosting Tennessee State as a 1-point favorite with the total set at 133 (all odds from BetOnline). 

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 7 PM ET. ESPN features a battle of two Big Ten teams ranked in the top-eight in the nation, with Iowa hosting Ohio State. The Hawkeyes are 8th in the Associated Press poll with a 13-4 record. They come off an 84-78 victory against Michigan State as a 9.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The AP has the Buckeyes 7th with their 14-4 mark. Ohio State is on a three-game winning streak after defeating Michigan State, 79-62, as a 6-point favorite on Sunday. Iowa is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 155.

Cincinnati visits Temple on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Bearcats, 3-7, take the court for the first time since January 10th, when they defeated Wichita State, 82-76, as a 0.5-point favorite. The Owls fell to 4-5 with their second loss in three games with their 81-64 upset loss to Tulane as a 7.5-point favorite on Saturday. Cincinnati is a 2-point road favorite with the total set at 139.5.

Arizona plays at Utah on FS1 at 7 PM ET. The Wildcats, 13-4, have won four of five with their 71-50 win against California as a 9.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Utes improved to 7-7 on Saturday with their 77-74 upset win at Colorado as an 8-point underdog. Arizona is a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 143.5. 

Gardner Webb plays at home against Presbyterian on ESPNU at 7 PM ET.  The Runnin’ Bulldogs, 6-11, have lost their last two games after being upset by High Point, 72-69, as a 7-point favorite on Saturday. The Blue Hose, 5-9, come off a 66-53 upset win against Longwood as a 3-point underdog on Saturday. Gardner Webb is a 10-point favorite with the total at 132. 

Stanford plays at California on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Cardinal, 10-7, last played on Tuesday when they lost to USC, 72-66, as a 3-point underdog. The Golden Bears, 7-12, have lost four in a row with their 70-51 loss at Arizona as a 9.5-point underdog on Saturday. Stanford is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 132.5.

Rutgers plays at home against Minnesota on FS1 at 9 PM ET. The Scarlet Knights, 10-6, have won their last three games after a 64-56 victory at Northwestern as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Golden Gophers, 11-6, have lost four of five after their 81-62 upset loss at Purdue as a 1.5-point favorite on Saturday. Rutgers is a 5-point favorite with the total at 138.5.

Oregon hosts Washington State on FS1 at 11 PM ET. The Ducks, 9-3, have lost two of three after a 75-64 upset loss at Oregon State as a 9-point favorite in their last game on January 23rd. The Cougars, 10-7, ended a six-game losing streak on Saturday with their 77-62 upset win at Washington as a 1.5-point underdog. Oregon is a 13-point favorite with an over/under of 135.

Four games are on the NBA slate, including a doubleheader on TNT. Golden State plays at Dallas at 7:35 PM ET. The Warriors come off a 111-107 loss at home to Boston as a 2-point underdog on Tuesday. The Mavericks ended their six-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 122-116 win in Atlanta as a 2-point favorite. 

The nightcap on TNT has the Los Angeles Lakers hosting Denver. The defending NBA champions, 16-6, return home to the Staples Center after a seven-game road trip that ended on Tuesday in a 107-99 win at Atlanta as a 7-point favorite. The Lakers are 5.5-point favorites, with the total at 219. 

The NHL has a busy nine card schedule with four games dropping the puck shortly after 7 PM ET. Colorado plays at home against Minnesota to conclude the card at 9 PM ET.

The English Premier League concludes Matchweek 21 with Chelsea visiting Tottenham at 3 PM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. The match is on the NBC Sports Network. 

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