Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAA Basketball and UEFA Champions League Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features the continuation of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the Big East/Big 12 Battle in college basketball, along with the second half of MatchDay 6 of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The nationally-televised schedule of college basketball games begins at 5 PM ET, with Clemson hosting Maryland as a 2-point favorite with the total set at 135 on ESPN2. TCU plays at home against Providence on ESPNU as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 127.5. 

Michigan has Toledo visiting Ann Arbor for a 6 PM ET tip-off on FS1, which replaces their canceled game with North Carolina State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge given COVID issues. The Wolverines are -13-point favorites with the total at 146.5. 

At 7:15 PM ET, Indiana travels to Florida State on ESPN with the Seminoles 3-point favorites and the over/under set at 139.5. Nebraska hosts Georgia Tech on ESPN2 as a 1-point favorite with the total at 147.5.

Oklahoma plays at Xavier at 8 PM ET on FS1, with the Musketeers a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146.5. 

Pepperdine hosts California at 9 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network with the Waves a 5-point favorite with the total set at 140. Pittsburgh visits Northwestern at 9:15 PM ET on ESPN2 with the Wildcats a 3.5-point favorite with the over/under at 142.

The final eight matches in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 6 take place this afternoon. These matches are all reverse fixtures of the games played on October 27th in the round-robin group stage six-match schedule.

Two matches start at 12:55 PM ET. Ajax hosts Atalanta as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total set at 3.5. Ajax must win this match to advance to the Round of 16 knockout stage, with Atalanta needing a draw. 

Liverpool visits Midtjylland as a -0.50 road favorite with an over/under of 2.75. The Reds have clinched the top seed from Group D in the Round of 16.

Another six matches begin at 3 PM ET. Bayern Munich hosts Lokomotiv Moskva as a -1.75 goal line favorite with the total at 3.75. The Bavarians have already clinched the top seed in the Round of 16 from Group A. 

Atletico Madrid visits Salzburg as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Salzburg must win this match to advance to the Round of 16, with Atletico Madrid needing one point from a draw.

Inter Milan plays at home against Shakhtar Donetsk as a -1.75 goal line favorite with the total at 3.25. Inter Milan not only needs three points from a win but also the Real Madrid/Borussia Monchengladbach match to not end in a draw. 

Real Madrid plays at home against Borussia Monchengladbach as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Los Blancos must win this match to advance to the Round of 16, with Borussia Monchengladbach satisfied with a draw.

Olympiacos takes on Porto at home as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.25. Porto has already advanced to the Round of 16 in Group C with Olympiacos eliminated but playing for third place, which puts them in the Europa League. Manchester City plays at home at Etihad Stadium against Marseille as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Man City has also advanced to the Round of 16 from Group C, with Marseille still jockeying for the possible Europa League consolation from third place in the group.

All eight games are available on the CBS Sports All-Access package. Alternatively, the CBS Sports Network broadcasts a whip-around show during the six 3 PM ET games.

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