Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAA Basketball and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/02/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features action in NCAA basketball, the NBA, the NHL, and the English Premier League.

The college basketball card begins at 1 PM ET with New Mexico State hosts UT Rio Grande Valley as an 8-point favorite with the total set at 136 (all odds from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 5 PM ET with a Super Tuesday triple-header on ESPN with Baylor playing at West Virginia. The Bears are ranked third in the nation by the Associated Press with an 18-1 record. They lost their first game of the season on Saturday in a 71-58 upset loss at Arkansas as a 4.5-point favorite. The Mountaineers are ranked sixth nationally by the AP with a 17-6 record. They have six of their last seven games after the 65-43 victory against Kansas State as a 16-point favorite. Baylor is a 4.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 149.

Michigan hosts Illinois on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Wolverines are ranked second in the nation with an 18-1 record. They won their seventh in a row with a 73-57 victory at Indiana as a 7-point favorite on Saturday. The Fighting Illini is ranked fourth nationally at 18-6. They won their ninth game in their last ten on Saturday with a 74-69 upset win at Wisconsin as a 4.5-point favorite. Michigan is an 8-point favorite, with the total is at 145.5.

Alabama plays at home against Auburn on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Crimson Tide is ranked eighth nationally with a 19-6 record. They won their fourth game in their last five with their 64-59 win at Mississippi State as a 6.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Tigers, 12-13, ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 77-72 upset win against Tennessee as an 8-point underdog. Alabama is an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 157.5.

Boise State is at home against Fresno State on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET as a 13.5-point favorite with a total of 135. Central Florida hosts Tulsa on ESPNU as a 3-point favorite, with the total at 131. Xavier visits Georgetown on FS1 as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 147.5.

Mississippi plays at home against Kentucky on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Rebels fell to 13-10 on Saturday with their 75-70 upset loss at Vanderbilt as a 10.5-point favorite. The Wildcats, 8-14, had their three-game winning streak end with a 71-67 upset loss to Florida as a 2-point favorite on Saturday. Ole Miss is a 1.5-point favorite with the total at 130.5.

Purdue hosts Wisconsin on ESP2 at 9 PM ET. The Boilermakers are ranked 23rd by the AP with a 16-8 record. They won their third in a row on Friday in a 73-52 win at Penn State as a 1-point underdog. The Badgers are ranked 25th nationally with a 16-9 mark. They have lost three of their last four games after a 74-69 loss to Illinois on Saturday. Purdue is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 129.5. 

Marquette travels to DePaul on FS1 at 9 PM ET as a 5.5-point road favorite, with the total at 136.5. Memphis visits South Florida pm ESPNU as a 10-point road favorite with an over/under of 134.5.

Seven games are on the NBA docket. A doubleheader on TNT begins at 7:35 PM ET with the Los Angeles Clippers visiting Boston. The Clippers have lost two of their last three games after their 105-100 loss at Milwaukee as a 2-point underdog on Sunday. The Celtics won their second straight game on Sunday with a 111-110 win against Washington as a 1-point favorite. 

The nightcap on TNT at 10 PM ET has the Los Angeles Lakers playing at home against Phoenix. The Lakers have won two in a row with a 117-91 victory against Golden State as a 2.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Suns won their fifth game in their last six in a 118-99 win at Minnesota as a 10-point favorite on Sunday. Los Angeles is a 1.5-point favorite with the total set at 211.5.

Seven games are on the NHL slate. Pittsburgh hosts Philadelphia on the NBC Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Penguins have lost two of their last three games after their 2-0 loss at New York against the Islanders on Sunday. The Flyers won their third game in a row with a 3-2 win at Buffalo on Sunday. Pittsburgh is a -110 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.

Matchweek 26 in the English Premier League continues with Manchester City playing at home against Wolverhampton on the NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET as a -2 goal line favorite with the total at 2.75. 

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