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

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features healthy action in college basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

The college basketball card tips off at 2 PM ET with Georgia State playing at home against South Alabama as a 5.5-point favorite with the total set at 143.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball card tips off at 7 PM ET. Kentucky hosts Arkansas on ESPN. The Wildcats, 5-12, have lost three in a row after their 82-71 loss to Tennessee as a 3.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Razorbacks, 14-5, have won four of the last five games with their 61-45 victory against Mississippi State as a 7.5-point favorite last Wednesday. Kentucky is a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 142.

Michigan State is at home against Penn State at 7 PM ET on ESPN2. The Spartans, 9-7, ended a four-game losing streak on Saturday with a 66-56 win against Nebraska as a 12.5-point favorite. The Nittany Lions improved to 7-8 with their 55-50 win against Maryland as a 3-point favorite on Friday. Michigan State is a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 143.5. 

Kent State visits Bowling Green at 7 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Golden Flashes dropped to 10-5 on Friday with a 72-61 upset loss against Akron as a 2.5-point favorite. The Falcons, 10-8, have lost five in a row after their 76-70 upset loss to Western Michigan as a 13-point favorite last Wednesday. The game is a pick ‘em with an over/under of 157.

Texas Tech hosts West Virginia at 9 PM ET on ESPN. The Red Raiders, 14-5, won their third in a row on Saturday with their 73-62 victory at Kansas State as a 15.5-point favorite. The Mountaineers rank 14th in the Associated Press poll with a 13-5 record. They have won four of their last five games with their 91-79 win against Kansas as a 2.5-point favorite on Saturday. Texas Tech is a 5.5-point favorite, with the total at 140.5.

Creighton travels to Georgetown at 9 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. The Bluejays rank 14th in the nation with a 14-5 record. They have won four of five after their 71-68 win at Marquette as a 5-point favorite on Saturday. The Hoyas dropped to 5-9 on Saturday with an 84-74 loss at home to Villanova as a 13.5-point underdog. Creighton is a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 150.5.

Butler plays at home against St. John’s at 9 PM ET on FS1. The Bulldogs, 6-10, ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 60-58 win against DePaul as a 5.5-point favorite. The Red Storm, 13-7, have won six in a row on Saturday with their 92-81 upset win at Providence as a 2-point underdog. Butler is a 3-point favorite with a total of 139.5.

TCU is at home against Iowa State on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Horned Frogs, 10-7, snapped a five-game losing streak last Wednesday with their 81-78 upset win against Oklahoma State as a 4.5-point underdog. The Cyclones, 2-11, have lost seven straight after their 79-72 setback at Oklahoma as a 14-point underdog on Saturday. TCU is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5.

Colorado State hosts New Mexico on FS1 at 11 PM ET. The Rams, 14-4, have won four of their last five games with their 68-59 victory at Wyoming as a 6.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Lobos, 5-11, have lost three in a row after their 65-55 setback at Fresno State on January 30th as a 6.5-point underdog. Colorado State is an 18-point favorite with the total at 133.

Seven games are on the NBA docket, including a double-header on TNT. Houston visits New Orleans in the TNT opener at 7:35 PM ET. The Rockets come off a 119-94 upset loss at Charlotte on Monday as a 1.5-point favorite. The Pelicans have won three in a row after they upset Memphis on Saturday, 118-109, as a 1-point underdog. 

The nightcap on TNT has Utah hosting Boston. The Jazz have won fifteen of their last sixteen games with their 103-95 win at Indiana as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Celtics have lost four of six after their 100-91 loss at Phoenix as a 3-point underdog. 

Eight games are on the NHL schedule with a double-header on the NBC Sports Network. Philadelphia plays at Washington in the opener at 6:08 PM ET. The Flyers have won five of their last seven in a 7-4 victory on Sunday against the Capitals. Washington has lost three in a row. Philadelphia is a -116 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.

Tampa Bay is at Nashville in the nightcap on the NBC Sports Network at 8:38 PM ET. The Lightning defeated the Predators on Monday, 4-1.

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