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

by Alec McMordie

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

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule tips off at 6:30 PM ET, with Butler playing at home against Marquette, on Fox Sports 1. The Bulldogs, 7-11, ended a two-game winning streak with a 78-63 loss at Georgetown a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Golden Eagles, 9-12, lost their third straight game with a 57-51 loss at Seton Hall as a 6.5-point underdog pm Sunday. Butler is a 2-point favorite with the total set at 128.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

VCU hosts Richmond on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Rams, 15-4, won their fifth straight game on Friday with a 67-64 win against St. Bonaventure as a 3-point favorite. The Spiders defeated St. Mary’s-MD, 90-49, on Sunday. VCU is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5. 

Central Florida is at home against South Florida on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Knights, 6-11, lost their second game in their last three on Sunday with a 69-68 loss at Cincinnati as a 6-point underdog. The Bulls fell to 7-7 with a 62-50 upset loss to Tulane as a 5-point favorite on Sunday. The Knights are a 3-point favorite with the total at 130.

USC hosts Arizona State on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET. The Trojans won their sixth straight game with their 76-65 win at Washington State as an 8-point favorite on Saturday to improve their record to 17-3. The Sun Devils raised their record to 7-9 with a 75-73 win against Oregon State as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday. USC is a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146. 

Seton Hall plays at home against DePaul on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET. The Pirates, 12-8, won their third-straight game with their 57-51 win agent Marquette as a 6.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Blue Demons, 3-9, lost their fourth game in a row on Saturday with their 57-47 loss to Providence as a 3.5-point underdog. Seton Hall is a 13-point favorite with the total set of 140.

Boise State is at home against Utah State on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Broncos improved to 15-4 with their 61-59 win against UNLV as a 10.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Aggies last played on February 4th when they raised their record to 14-5 with a 69-53 victory at Fresno State as an 11-point favorite. Boise State is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 137.5. 

Nine games are on the NBA docket. A doubleheader on ESPN begins at 7:35 PM ET with Houston visiting Philadelphia. The Rockets lost their sixth in a row on Monday with their 131-119 loss at Washington as a 1.5-point underdog. The 76ers lost their third straight game on Monday with a 134-123 loss at Utah as an 8.5-point underdog.

Miami travels to Golden State for the ESPN nightcap at 10:05 PM ET. The Heat had their four-game winning streak end on Monday in a 125-118 loss at Los Angeles against the Clippers as a 6.5-point favorite. The Warriors won their third game in their last four with their 129-98 victory against Cleveland as an 8-point favorite on Monday. 

Five games are on the NHL schedule. A doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network begins at 7:30 PM ET with Chicago playing at Detroit. The Blackhawks won for the fifth time in six games with their 3-2 victory against the Red Wings on Monday. Detroit has lost three of their last four games. 

The second game on the NBC Sports Network has Edmonton hosting Winnipeg at 10 PM ET. The Oilers’ three-game winning streak ended on Monday in a 6-5 loss to the Jets. Winnipeg has won two of three and four of their last six games.

Matchweek 24 of the English Premier League concludes with two matches on the NBC Sports Network. Fulham visits Burnley at 1 PM ET in a pick ‘em matchup with the total set at 2.25. Manchester City travels to Everton at 3 PM as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.75.

The first leg of the Last 16 in the UEFA Champions League continues with two matches at 3 PM ET. Juventus plays at FC Porto as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.5. Sevilla plays at home against Borussia Dortmund as a -0.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Both matches are available on CBS All-Access.

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