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

by Big Al Staff

The Sunday sports card features college basketball with action in the NBA, the NHL, and English Premier League.

The college basketball card tips off with Temple hosting Tulane at noon ET with the Owls a 7-point favorite with the total set at 130 (all odds courtesy of BetOnline).

The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 1 PM ET, with Houston playing at home against SMU on ESPN. The Cougars, 14-1, are ranked sixth in the AP poll with seven straight victories after they defeated Tulane on the road, 83-60, as a 15.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Mustangs, 9-3, won their third game in their last four with their 67-65 win against Memphis as a 4-point favorite on Thursday. Houston is a 9.5-point favorite with the over/under at 139.

Ohio State is at home against Michigan State on CBS at 1 PM ET. The Buckeyes, 13-4, rank 13th by the AP with five wins in their last six games after they beat Penn State, 83-79, as a 7-point favorite on Wednesday. The Spartans, 8-5, played their first game since January 8th on Thursday in a 67-37 loss at Rutgers as a 7.5-point underdog. Ohio State is a 7-point favorite with the total at 143. 

Loyola-Illinois travels to Missouri State on the CBS Sports Network at 3 PM ET. The Ramblers, 13-3, have won six in a row after their 68-58 win at Bradley as a 7-point favorite on Monday. The Bears fell to 9-3 after their 78-73 loss to Drake as a 4-point underdog on Wednesday. Loyola-Illinois is a 6.5-point road favor with the over/under at 136. 

Marquette hosts St. John’s on Fox at 3:30 PM ET. The Golden Eagles fell to 8-8 with their 72-63 loss at Providence as a 2-point underdog on Thursday. The Red Storm won their fourth game in their last five to improve to 10-7 with their 81-68 victory at DePaul as a 1-point favorite on Thursday. Marquette is a 4-point favorite with a total of 150.5.

Stephen F. Austin plays at home against Sam Houston State on ESPNU at 4 PM ET. The Lumberjacks, 9-3, had their six-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday in their 82-62 loss at Abilene Christian as a 2.5-point underdog. The Bearkats won their tenth straight to improve to 13-5 with their 75-70 victory at Texas A&M Corpus Christi as a 9-point favorite on Wednesday. Stephen F. Austin is a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 149.5. 

Colgate plays a rematch at Holy Cross on the CBS Sports Network at 5 PM ET. The Raiders, 6-1, won their meeting on Saturday by a 74-63 score in overtime as a 15-point favorite. The Crusaders fell to 2-7 with the loss. 

Northern Iowa is on the road at Southern Illinois on ESPN2 after winning on Saturday, 74-62, to improve to 5-10. The Salukis fell to 7-6.

Nevada is at home against UNLV on FS1 at 9:30 PM ET. The Wolf Pack, 9-7, have lost two in a row after their 93-88 upset loss at Wyoming as a 4.5-point favorite last Sunday. The Runnin’ Rebels had their five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday to drop to 6-7 with their 83-74 loss to Utah State as a 7-point underdog. Nevada is a 2-point favorite with the total at 142.

Six games are on the NBA docket. The Los Angeles Clippers play at New York at 1 PM ET as a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 211.5. The card concludes at 8 PM ET with Cleveland visiting Minnesota as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total at 219. None of the games are on national television.

The NHL has eight games on its Sunday schedule. Buffalo plays at home against New Jersey at 1 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The card concludes at 9 PM ET with Ottawa visiting Edmonton. None of the games are on national television. 

Four matches take place in the English Premier League to conclude Matchweek 21. Chelsea hosts Burnley at 7 AM ET as a -1.5 goal line favorite with the total set at 2.75. Leicester plays at home against Leeds United at 9 AM ET as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Liverpool visits West Ham United at 11:30 AM ET as a -0.75 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.75. Tottenham travels to Brighton and Hove Albion at 2:15 PM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

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