Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL, NCAA Basketball and NBA Previews and Odds - 03/22/2021

by Alec McMordie

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

The second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament concludes with eight games. The card tips off at 12:10 PM ET with Iowa facing Oregon on CBS at Bankers Fieldhouse. The Hawkeyes have won five of six after their 86-74 win against Grand Canyon as a 17.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Ducks advanced to the second round on Saturday after VCU pulled out of the tournament after a COVID positive test within their program. Oregon last played on March 12th when they lost in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament to Oregon State, 75-64, as an 8-point underdog. Iowa is a 5-point favorite with the total set at 147.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

Gonzaga plays Oklahoma on CBS at the Hinkle Fieldhouse at 2:40 PM ET. The Bulldogs remained the last undefeated team in the nation with a 98-55 victory against Norfolk State as a 33-point favorite on Saturday. The Sooners have won two of three games with their 72-68 upset win against Missouri as a 1-point underdog on Saturday. Gonzaga is a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 154.

UCLA goes against Abilene Christian on TBS at Banks Fieldhouse at 5:15 PM ET. The Bruins have won two in a row in this tournament with their 72-63 victory against BYU as a -0.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Wildcats won their fifth straight game with their 53-52 upset victory against Texas as an 8.5-point underdog on Saturday. UCLA is a 4.5-point favorite with the total at 133. 

Creighton battles Ohio on TNT at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 6:10 PM ET. The Bluejays have won four of five after their 63-62 win against UC-Santa Barbara as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Bobcats won their fourth straight game with their 62-58 upset victory against Virginia as a 7-point underdog on Saturday. Creighton is a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 149.

Michigan plays LSU on CBS at Lucas Oil Stadium at 7:10 PM ET. The Wolverines have won two of three after their 82-66 win against Texas Southern as a 28.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Tigers have won five of their last six games with their 75-61 victory against St. Bonaventure as a 1.5-point favorite on Saturday. Michigan is a 5-point favorite with a total of 149.

Florida State battles Colorado on TBS at Indiana Farmers Insurance Coliseum at 7:45 PM ET. The Seminoles have won two of three after their 64-54 win against UNC-Greensboro as a 10.5-point favorite on Friday. The Buffaloes have won seven of eight with their 96-73 victory against Georgetown as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. Florida State is a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5. 

Alabama goes against Maryland on TNT at Bankers Fieldhouse at 8:45 PM ET. The Crimson Tide have won seven in a row after their 68-55 victory against Iona as a 17-point favorite on Saturday. The Terrapins upset UConn, 63-54, as a 3.5-point underdog on Saturday. Alabama is a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 136.

Kansas faces USC on CBS at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 9:40 PM ET. The Jayhawks have won nine of their last ten games after their 93-84 win against Eastern Washington as a 10.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Trojans have won four of five after their 72-56 win against Drake as an 8.5-point favorite on Saturday. USC is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 134.5.

The College Basketball Invitational tournament begins on Monday with the quarterfinals. All games in the CBI take place at the Ocean Center at Daytona Beach, Florida. Bowling Green plays Stetson at 11:30 AM ET as a 9-point favorite with a total of 151. Coastal Carolina battles Bryant at 2:30 PM ET as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 147.5. Pepperdine faces Longwood at 5:30 PM ET as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 144. Bellarmine goes against Army at 8:30 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. None of the CBI quarterfinals games are on national television. 

Eight games are on the NBA docket. The card begins at 7:40 PM ET, with Sacramento visiting Cleveland as a 4-point favorite with a total of 225. The slate concludes with the Los Angeles Clippers hosting Atlanta as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 222.5. None of the games are on national television. 

Ten games are on the NHL schedule. Five games begin the slate at 7 PM ET. Minnesota plays at home against Anaheim on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 PM ET. The Wild have lost two in a row after they were shutout in Colorado against the Avalanche, 6-0, on Saturday. The Ducks come off a 5-1 loss at home to Arizona. Minnesota is a -220 money line favorite with the total set at 5.5.

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