Big Al's Daily Angle: UEFA Champions League, NCAA Basketball and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features an intriguing slate of college basketball action as well as the first half of MatchDay 6 of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, as well as the last game in Week 13 in the National Football League.

The first day of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge highlights the Tuesday college basketball card. The nationally televised schedule begins at 5 PM ET, with Kansas hosting Creighton on ESPN as a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 148 (all odds from BetOnline). Seton Hall plays at home as a 21.5-point favorite against Wager on FS1 with an over/under of 144. Purdue plays at Miami (FL) on ESPN2 with the Hurricanes a 1-point favorite with a total of 140.

At 7 PM ET, St. John’s hosts Rider on the CBS Sports Network as a 20-point favorite with the over/under at 150.5. Georgetown plays at home against Coppin State as an 18-point favorite, with the total at 148.5. Boston College travels to Minnesota with the Golden Gophers' a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 148. 

Iowa hosts North Carolina at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN as a 4.5-point favorite with the total at 155.5. Ohio State visits Notre Dame on ESPN2 as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 140. 

Penn State plays at Virginia Tech at 9 PM ET with the Hokies a 5-point favorite with the total at 140. Marquette hosts Green Bay on FS1 as a 22.5-point favorite with an over/under of 153.

At 9:30 PM ET, Rutgers hosts Syracuse as a 4-point favorite with a total of 140.5.

The first eight matches in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 6 take place this afternoon. These matches are all reverse fixtures of the games played on October 20th in the round-robin group stage six-match schedule.

Two matches start at 12:55 PM ET. Lazio hosts Club Brugge as a -0.75 goal line favorite with the total set at 2.75. Borussia Dortmund visits Zenit as a -0.75 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3.

Six more matches take place at 3 PM ET. Sevilla visits Rennes as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.25. Chelsea plays at home against Krasnodar as a -1.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.25. Dynamo Kyiv hosts Ferencvaros as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total at 2.5. Barcelona plays at home against Juventus as a -0.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.25. Paris Saint-Germain is a -2.5 goal line favorite at home against Istanbul Basaksehir, with the total at 4. Manchester United visits RB Leipzig in a pick ‘em matchup with an over/under of 3.

All eight games are available on the CBS Sports All-Access package. Alternatively, the CBS Sports Network broadcasts a whip-around show during the six 3 PM ET games.

Dallas and Baltimore play in the National Football League after the Ravens and Steelers moved to play their Week 12 game last Wednesday. Both of these teams are desperate for a victory to stay alive in the playoff race.

Baltimore has lost three straight games as well as four of their last five games after they losing to Pittsburgh last week by a 19-14 score. That loss eliminated the Ravens from winning the AFC North. They bring a 6-5 record into this game needing a victory to stay one game behind Indianapolis and Miami with their 8-4 records holding down the final two AFC wildcard spots. 

Dallas has lost five of their last six games since quarterback Dak Prescott suffered his season-ending injury in Week 4. The Cowboys return to action after losing at home to Washington on Thanksgiving by a 41-26 score as a 2.5-point favorite. Andy Dalton completed 25 of 35 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the losing effort. He is completing 65.1% of his passes for 870 yards but with just a 5.7 yards-per-attempt average. Dalton has five touchdown passes along with five interceptions. 

Despite their 3-8 record, the Cowboys can still pull within one game of first place in the NFC East with a victory behind the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team, who won this week to raise their records to 5-7 marks. 

The Ravens are an 8-point favorite with the total set at 45.5. Fox and the NFL Network will broadcast the game with the kickoff at 8:05 PM ET.

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