Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAA Basketball, NBA, NHL and EPL Previews and Odds - 03/14/2021

by Big Al Staff

The college basketball card tips off at noon ET. Loyola-Maryland plays at Colgate on the CBS Sports Network in the championship game of the Patriot League. The Greyhounds, 6-10, won at Army in the semifinals, 67-63, as a 3-point underdog on Wednesday. The Raiders defeated Bucknell, 105-75, as an 11.5-point favorite on Wednesday. Colgate, 13-1, is a 9.5-point favorite with the total set at 147 (all odds from BetOnline). 

VCU battles St. Bonaventure at 1 PM ET in the Atlantic 10 Championship Game on CBS. The Rams improved to 19-6 with a 64-52 victory against Davidson as a 2-point favorite last Saturday in the semifinals. The Bonnies raised their record to 15-4 with a 71-53 upset win against St. Louis as a 2-point favorite last Saturday. St. Bonaventure is a 3-point favorite with the over/under at 128.

LSU goes against sixth-ranked Alabama in the championship game of the SEC tournament on ESPN at 1 PM ET. The Tigers, 18-8, won their fourth game in a row with a 78-71 upset win against Arkansas as a 4-point underdog on Saturday. The Crimson Tide, 23-6, won their fifth game in a row with a 73-68 victory against Tennessee as a 4-point favorite on Saturday. Alabama is a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 137.5. 

Cincinnati faces seventh-ranked Houston in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on ESPN at 3:15 PM ET. The Bearcats, 12-10, won their third in a row with a 60-59 upset win against Wichita State as a 4-point underdog in the semifinals on Saturday. The Cougars, 23-3, won their sixth in a row with their 76-74 victory Memphis as a 7.5-point favorite on Saturday. Houston is a 13-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5.

Ohio State plays Illinois in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament on CBS at 3:30 PM ET. The Buckeyes are ranked ninth by the Associated Press with a 21-8 record. They upset Michigan, 68-67, as a 5-point underdog in the semifinals on Saturday. The Fighting Illini are ranked third nationally with a 22-6 record. They won their fifth in a row with an 82-71 win against Iowa as a 3-point favorite on Saturday. Illinois is a 5.5-point favorite with the total at 150.5.

Nine games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off at 2 PM ET with Memphis playing at Oklahoma City. 

The Los Angeles Clippers visit New Orleans on ESPN at 9:05 PM ET. The Clippers ended a three-game losing streak with a 130-104 win against Golden State as a 7-point favorite on Thursday. The Pelicans snapped their three-game slide in a 116-92 victory against Cleveland as a 6.5-point favorite on Friday. Los Angeles is a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 236.

Six games are on the NHL slate. The opening contest has Minnesota hosting Arizona as a -185 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Colorado plays at home against Los Angeles on the NBC Sports Network at 5:30 PM ET. The Avalanche defeated the Kings at home on Friday in a 2-0 shutout. Colorado is a -240 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.

Matchweek 28 in the English Premier League continues with four matches. Brighton travels to Southampton on the NBC Peacock app at 8 AM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25. Leicester City is at home against Sheffield United on NBC Peacock at 10 AM ET as a -1 goal line favorite with the total at 2.5. Tottenham visits Arsenal on the NBC Sports Network at 12:30 PM ET in a pick ‘em matchup with an over/under of 2.5. Manchester United hosts West Ham United on the NBC Sports Network at 3:15 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total at 2.5.

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