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

by Big Al Staff

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

The college basketball card tips off at 4 PM ET. Gardner Webb visits Longwood as a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 134 (all odds from BetOnline). Austin Peay plays at home against Tennessee-Martin as a 16-point favorite with an over/under of 139.

Minnesota hosts Purdue at 5 PM ET on ESPN2. The Golden Gophers, 12-7, ended a three-game losing streak on Monday with a 79-61 win against Nebraska as an 11.5-point favorite. The Boilermakers are ranked 24th by the Associated Press with a 13-7 record. They have won six of eight games with a win against Northwestern, 75-70, as an 8-point favorite on Saturday. Minnesota is a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 139.

Kansas plays at home against Iowa State on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Jayhawks, 13-7, defeated Oklahoma State as a 6.5-point favorite on Monday. The Cyclones, 2-12, comes off a 79-76 loss at TCU as a 4.5-point underdog on Tuesday. Kansas is a 14.5-point favorite with an over/under of 143.5.

Colorado travels to Stanford on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Buffaloes, 15-5, defeated Oregon State, 78-49, as a 13-point favorite on Monday. The Cardinal improved to 12-7 on Sunday with their  76-70 win as a 10.5-point favorite against California. Colorado is a 1.5-point road favorite, with the total at 140.

Arizona State plays at home against Oregon on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Sun Devils, 6-8, return to action for the first time since January 30th when they lost, 79-75, against Stanford as a 3-point favorite. The Ducks, 10-4, defeated Washington by an 86-74 score as a 12.5-point favorite on Saturday. Arizona State is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 152.5. 

Belmont hosts Eastern Kentucky on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Bruins, 20-1, defeated SIU-Edwardsville by a 94-62 score as an 18-point favorite on Saturday. The Colonels, 15-4, beat SIU-Edwardsville by a 78-74 score as a 10-point favorite on Monday. Belmont is an 11.5-point favorite, with the total at 160.

Boise State is at home against UNLV on the CBS Sports Network at 10 PM ET. The Broncos fell to 14-4 with two straight losses with their upset loss, 73-62, at Nevada as a 5-point favorite on Sunday. The Rebels, 8-9, defeated Air Force, 69-64, as a 14-point favorite on Monday. Boise State is a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 142.

UCLA visits Washington State on FS1 at 11 PM ET. The Bruins, 13-4, lost at USC, 66-48, as a 5-point underdog on Saturday. The Cougars, 11-8, upset Oregon State by a 68-66 score as a 2-point underdog on Saturday. UCLA is a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 128.5. 

Five games are on the NBA slate, including a doubleheader on TNT. Miami plays at Houston in the TNT opener at 7:35 PM ET. The Heat have won three in a row with their 98-96 win against New York as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. The Rockets have lost three in a row after their 130-101 loss at New Orleans as a 6-point underdog on Tuesday. 

The nightcap on TNT has Philadelphia visiting Portland at 10:05 PM ET. The 76ers won their sixth game in their last seven with a 119-111 victory at Sacramento as a 4.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers won their third game in their four after their 106-97 win against Orlando as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. Philadelphia is a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 229.5.

Ten games are on the NHL docket. Three games begin the NHL schedule at 7 PM ET, with three contests closing out the card at 10 PM ET. None of the games are on national television.

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