Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAA Basketball, NHL and NBA Previews and Odds - 03/28/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Sunday sports card features action in NCAA basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament concludes with four games. The opener tips off at 2:10 PM ET with Creighton playing Gonzaga on CBS. The Bluejays, seeded fifth, have won five of six games after defeating Ohio as a 1.5-point favorite last Monday. The Bulldogs, the top seed in the tournament, advanced to the Sweet 16 with their 87-71 victory against Oklahoma as a 15.5-point favorite on Monday. Gonzaga is a 13-point favorite with the total set at 158.5 (all odds from BetOnline). Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site. The winner plays the victor of Oregon/USC in the West regional final.

Florida State faces Michigan on CBS at 5 PM ET. The Seminoles, a four-seed, upset Colorado, 71-53, as a 2.5-point underdog last Monday. The Wolverines, a one-seed, beat LSU, 86-78, as a 5-point favorite last Monday. Michigan is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 143.5. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site. The winner plays the victor of UCLA/Alabama in the East regional final. 

UCLA battles Alabama on TBS at 7:15 PM ET. The Bruins, an 11 seed, won their third straight game with a 67-47 victory against Abilene Christian as a 4.5-point favorite on Monday. The Crimson Tide, a two-seed, won their eighth straight with their 96-77 win against Maryland as a 6-point favorite on Monday. Alabama is a 6.5-point favorite, with the total at 145.5. Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site. 

Oregon goes against USC on TBS at 9:45 PM ET. The Ducks, a seven seed, has won seven of their last eight games with their 95-80 upset win against Iowa on Monday. The Trojans, a six-seed, has won five of six after defeating Kansas, 85-51, as a 1-point favorite last Sunday. USC is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 137.5. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site. 

The championship of the National Invitational Tournament tips off at noon PM ET on ESPN with Mississippi State playing Memphis. The Bulldogs advanced to the finals with an 84-62 upset win against Louisiana Tech as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Tigers reached the finals with their 90-67 victory against Colorado State as a 4.5-point favorite yesterday. Memphis is a 4-point favorite with the total at 135.5. Comerica Park in Frisco, Texas, is the site. 

Louisiana Tech plays Colorado State in the third-place consolation game on ESPN at 3 PM ET. This game is a pick ‘em with an over/under of 140.5. Comerica Park is the neutral court. 

Four games are on the NBA docket. The card begins at 1 PM ET, with Philadelphia visiting Charlotte. The schedule concludes at 10 PM ET with the Los Angeles Lakers hosting Orlando at 10 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 208.

Six games are on the NHL slate. Washington plays at home against the New York Rangers on NBC at noon PM ET. The Capitals have won nine of their last ten games after a 4-0 shutout win against New Jersey on Friday. The Rangers had their three-game winning streak end on Saturday in a 2-1 loss in Philadelphia. Washington is a -134 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. 

Columbus visits Detroit on the NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET. The Bluejackets lost their third in a row after their 3-1 loss at Detroit yesterday. The Red Wings ended a three-game losing streak with the triumph. Columbus is a -150 money line road favorite with the total at 6.

Boston hosts New Jersey on the NBC Sports Network at 5:30 PM ET. The Bruins have won three of four with their 3-2 win against Buffalo on Saturday. The Devils lost their second straight game with their 4-0 loss to Washington. Boston is a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

Nashville plays at Chicago on the NBC Sports Network at 8 PM ET. The Predators won their fourth straight on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost five of their last seven games.

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