Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL, NBA, and NCAA Basketball Preview

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Jan 22, 2021
The Friday sports card features college basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

The college basketball card tips off at noon ET, with Wright State visiting IUPUI as an 11-point road favorite with the total set at 147.5 (all odd from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 7 PM ET. Michigan travels to Purdue on FS1. The Wolverines are ranked seventh in the nation by the Associated Press with a 12-1 record. They defeated Maryland, 87-63, on Tuesday as a 13.5-point favorite. The Boilermakers have won their last four to improve to 11-5 after their 67-65 upset win at Ohio State as a 6.5-point underdog on Tuesday. Michigan is a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 138.

Siena hosts Saint Peter’s on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Saints maintained an unbeaten 6-0 record last Saturday with their 74-72 win at Rider as a 5.5-point favorite. The Peacocks are 6-5 with two straight losses after their 63-60 upset loss at Canisius as a 3-point favorite back on January 2nd in their most recent game. Siena is a 4-point favorite with a total of 132.5.

Ohio plays at home against Ball State on CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Bobcats are 7-6 with two losses in their last three games after their 89-79 upset loss to Kent State as a 2-point favorite on Saturday. Ball State fell to 6-6 after their 81-71 upset loss at Miami (OH) on Tuesday as a 3.5-point favorite. Ohio is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 148.

San Diego State visits Air Force at 9 PM ET on FS1. The Aztecs dropped to 9-4 after a 64-59 loss at Utah State as a 3.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Falcons are 4-8 with five losses in their last six games after their 77-58 loss to Wyoming as a 3.5-point favorite on Monday. San Diego State is a 15.5-point road favorite with the total at 126.5.

Cleveland State hosts Milwaukee at 9 PM ET on ESPN2. The Vikings had their nine-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in an 85-49 loss at Wright State as an 8.5-point underdog. The Panthers fell to 5-4 with their second-straight loss on Saturday in an 81-74 loss to IUPUI-Fort Wayne as a 3-point favorite. Cleveland State, 9-4, is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 133.5. 

Boise State plays Fresno State at home at 9 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network in a rematch of their encounter on Wednesday. The Broncos won that game by a 73-51 score as an 11.5-point favorite to raise their record to 12-1. The Bulldogs have lost three in a row to fall to 5-6. Boise State is a 14.5-point favorite with a 136 total. 

The NBA schedule has 11 games on tap. A double-header on ESPN tips off a 7:30 with Philadelphia playing at home against Boston. The 76ers won their third in four games with their 117-109 victory against the Celtics as a 4.5-point favorite on Wednesday. Philadelphia raised their record to 10-5. Boston had been on a five-game winning streak, but they now have lost their last two games to fall to 8-5. 

The nightcap on ESPN has Phoenix playing at home against Denver. The Suns ended their two-game losing streak with a 109-103 win at Houston as a 5.5-point favorite on Wednesday. The Nuggets have won four of their last six games with a 119-101 win against Oklahoma City as a 10.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Phoenix is a 1-point favorite with a total of 218.5.

The NHL schedule has eight games. Three games start at 7 PM ET. The card concludes at 10 PM ET with Colorado playing at Anaheim as a -210 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

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