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College Football's Towel Tosser

by Tom Stryker

Friday, Nov 26, 2021

Every sport has one.  That team that gets down to their final game and simply wants nothing more than the season to come to an end.  There could be a number of reasons why – injuries, poor play, bad luck and even terrible coaching.  Regardless, this towel-tosser can provide us with a number of solid money-making opportunities.   On this short holiday week, I took a quick look at the Team Stryker Database at college football teams that were playing in their last game.  My first thought was to take a stone-cold loser and see how they performed against a team that was going places.  It took a little elbow grease.  But I was able to come up with a tremendous college system that we will definitely be able to use to turn a profit.  Check out this gem: Since 1980, PLAY AGAINST any college football home team playing in their last regular season game provided they own a team won/loss percentage less than .333, take the field off two or more straight up losses and are lined up against an opponent that arrives off a SU and ATS win.  41-Year ATS Record = 59-27-1 ATS for 68.6 percent.  This Week’s Play’s = MIAMI FL, HOUSTON, and NOTRE DAME  This is truly a simple set of parameters that churns out winner after winner.  There are a couple of pieces that we can add to this puzzle that make the situation even more profitable.  Provided our “play against” host is priced as an underdog or a favorite of -4 or less and is not off a blowout loss of 38 points or more, this system falls to a jaw-dropping 16-49-1 ATS.  The Cougars and Fighting Irish apply to this tightener. There is one more parameter that can be added to that last situation that really makes this system pop.  With our 16-49-1 ATS in hand, this handicapping tool falls to a disturbing 8-35 ATS provided our “play against” home team carried a won/loss percentage of .250 or better a season ago.  Only one host fits this negative tightener – Stanford.  Good luck with Notre Dame on this holiday weekend!

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Big Ten Draw in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

by Nelly's Sports

Friday, Nov 26, 2021

Big Ten Draw in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge  After the chaos of the Thanksgiving week tournaments, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge provides compelling matchups next week in this year’s 14-game draw. A reliable event of interest that often signals the start of the college basketball season in earnest, here is a quick look at this season’s pairings from the Big Ten perspective for games Monday, Nov. 29 to Wednesday, Dec. 1.  Monday Iowa at Virginia: Iowa has quietly started the season 5-0 after being in the headlines a lot last season in an uneven 22-9 season that ended abruptly with a Round of 32 blowout loss to Oregon as a #2 seed. Sophomore Keegan Murray leads this year’s team and Iowa remains one of the highest scoring teams in the nation. This will be a big test however as the Hawkeyes have had a very light early-season schedule and are yet to play a road game. The line on this game will likely be near-even as Iowa’s offense will face the usually elite Virginia defense.  CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 50% Notre Dame at Illinois: Illinois has already lost twice this season while the roster has been in flux in several games with a few injuries and the suspension for the first three games for Kofi Cockburn. The Illini entered the NCAA Tournament as one of the overall favorites last March but lost in the Round of 32 for a disappointing finish. Ayo Dosunmu is in the NBA now but there is still a strong roster in place for Brad Underwood. Turnovers and free throw shooting have been problem spots for Illinois so far this season as the defense has held up its end but the offense has been hard to count on. Losses away from home to Marquette and Cincinnati are not overly damaging but the Illini are a risk to continue to be overvalued: CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 75% Tuesday Clemson at Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights were a Round of 32 NCAA Tournament team last year just like Iowa and Illinois but Rutgers will have a hard time living down the collapse against Houston, the team that eventually made the Final Four after delivering a great comeback to beat the Knights. Rob Harper and Geo Baker are familiar leaders for Rutgers this season but the 3-2 start has offered plenty of concern, with losses to DePaul and Lafayette. Rutgers has shot below 25 percent from 3-point range so far this season as the offense has really struggled. Clemson has had some up-and-downs as well but the losses came in close games to much better teams than Rutgers lost to. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 45% Duke at Ohio State: Ohio State may have a bit of a break in this scheduling as Duke will be coming off Friday’s huge national game with Gonzaga in Las Vegas before traveling to Columbus. Ohio State was upset in the Round of 64 as a #2 seed in one of many failures for the conference last March. The Buckeyes have EJ Liddell back and he has been among the most productive players in the nation so far. Penn State transfer Jamari Wheeler also joins the starting five along with freshman Malaki Branham as the Buckeyes have some questions to answer still this season. Ohio State is 4-2 with a nice win over Seton Hall but two narrow losses away from home to top 40 caliber teams. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 45% Florida State at Purdue: Purdue has started the season 5-0 with notable wins over North Carolina and Villanova in close games in Connecticut in the Hall of Fame Classic. The offense has tremendous numbers this season including scoring at least 80 points in every game and all five wins have been top 200 foes. The depth and size for Purdue will attract some attention for the Boilermakers to be among the Big Ten favorites this season. Purdue won’t draw a top ACC contender in this pairing but Florida State beat Purdue two years ago in non-conference play and the Boilermakers lost to Miami in this event last season. Florida State will be one of the few teams with a size edge against Purdue and the 5-1 start has featured good defensive numbers so far. RayQuan Evans missed the last game for Florida State and will impact the number on this game. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 80% Minnesota at Pittsburgh: The Gophers are quietly 5-0 under new head coach Ben Johnson. The schedule has not been difficult with no top 100 results but that won’t change this week drawing a Pitt squad sitting towards the bottom of the ACC. This is almost a completely different team from last season as Eric Curry is the long holdover in the starting lineup as Johnson has filled the roster with transfers from all over the country. The offensive efficiency has not been as strong as last season’s team so far but the defense has made some noise with most strong performances. 5-0 could swing the other quickly for this group with Mississippi State next weekend plus starting the Big Ten season with Michigan State and Michigan in the first two games. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 55% Indiana at Syracuse: In what was a great season for the Big Ten last year outside of the NCAA Tournament results, Indiana struggled falling far from its typical place as one of the prominent programs in the conference. Archie Miller’s fifth season in Bloomington should draw elevated expectations and this was a competitive game that had three overtime losses last season, including losing to Florida State on the road in this event. ACC transfer Xavier Johnson is now the leader of this team as this is a rather inexperienced group but the Hoosiers have started the season 5-0 including a win over St. John’s. This game is going to be the first road game of the season however. Syracuse has drawn a tough path and has two losses already but this has been an excellent shooting team and is always a challenge to play. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 50% Northwestern at Wake Forest: The Wildcats were 9-15 last season for Chris Collins and only returns two starters with a couple of transfers out of Evanston. So far so good for the Wildcats however with a 5-1 start and the only loss coming in a close game with Providence away from home. Heading to Wake Forest is a manageable draw for the Wildcats as Wake Forest has started 5-0 but through an incredibly weak schedule under Steve Forbes. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 55% Wednesday Wisconsin at Georgia Tech: The Badgers had a huge Thanksgiving week, delivering three excellent wins to win the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, including the notable upset over Houston. Johnny Davis had a star-making tournament and he missed the only loss for Wisconsin, a five-point home defeat to Providence. As usual the defense has been excellent and Wisconsin takes good care of the ball, while being an exceptional free throw shooting team so far this season. Georgia Tech has won five straight since losing the season opener but none of the wins offer great substance with the only top 200 win coming against Georgia. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 55% Louisville at Michigan State: The Spartans have had five top 100 games already as while the 5-2 record has been a slight disappointment, the defeats have come against Kansas and Baylor, elite national title contenders. Wins over Loyola-Chicago and Connecticut are quality results and the Spartans have featured a top tier defense so far this season. 3-point shooting has been a problem as have turnovers for this veteran roster joined by freshman Max Christie. Louisville had a nice win over Mississippi State on Thanksgiving and this will be a second straight Big Ten foe after facing Maryland over the weekend.  CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 75% Miami at Penn State: Penn State has its first big test coming up facing LSU before this game as the Nittany Lions lost to Massachusetts in its only noteworthy early season game. Micah Shrewsberry is the team’s new coach coming from Purdue and with NBA experience as an assistant with the Celtics for several years. The roster from last season mostly was retained as Penn State is one of the most experienced teams in the nation filled with upperclassmen. Miami has had mixed results and is a bit of a wild card at this point and 3-point shooting has been a problem sot on both sides of the ball. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 65% Michigan at North Carolina: The Wolverines have two losses already and only one top 100 win as it has been a shaky start for the Wolverines against very high expectations. Michigan has top 15 efficiency numbers on both sides of the ball as the losses were puzzling. 3-point shooting and free throw shooting have been poor so far for Michigan and turnovers have been an issue as newcomers Caleb Houstan and DeVante’ Jones try to fit into the lineup. North Carolina lacks any win of substance but the Tar Heels played Purdue very tough in a non-conference loss. Hubert Davis leads the Tar Heels now and his players are finding good looks with strong shooting rates so far. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 65% Nebraska at NC State: Fred Hoiberg’s first two seasons in Lincoln have not been successful but this year’s team is already halfway to last season’s win count. None of those wins were top 200 results and Nebraska has a loss outside the top 200. 3-point shooting has been very poor for the Huskers so far but the rest of the offensive numbers offer some promise with three newcomers joining the starting five this season. There is good size on this team but it is a young group without much experience playing together. NC State didn’t make the NCAA Tournament last season but should be a threat this season. The only loss came in a close game vs. Oklahoma State as this could be an overlooked team in the ACC for Kevin Keatts. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 30% Virginia Tech at Maryland: Mark Turgeon’s team has back-to-back ACC draws as this game comes after facing Louisville in the Bahamas. Maryland has struggled with its outside shooting through a rather easy non-conference path but this is a top 50 team nationally in offensive and defensive efficiency. The loss came at home against George Mason and this will be a difficult draw even with home court advantage. Mike Young’s Virginia Tech team is a tough matchup and the 3-point shooting numbers on both sides of the ball sharply favor the Hokies. The Hokies are coming off tournament play in Brooklyn for a taxing week on the road to help Maryland’s cause. CHANCE OF BIG TEN WIN: 50% The Big Ten should be favored in eight of 14 games in this event and with a few other toss-up games the chances for the conference to win the series is high. The Big Ten has won the even the past two seasons going 7-5 last year and 8-6 in 2019 but the ACC has had the overall edge since the event started in 1999. The Big Ten has seen a few of its high profile teams disappoint so far but the matchups appear to favor the Big Ten this week.     

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Big Al's NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 11/26/2021

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Nov 26, 2021

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 13 in the college football regular season continues with 16 games between FBS opponents. Four games tip-off the card at noon ET. Texas hosts Kansas State on Fox as a 3-point favorite with the total set at 52.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Boise State visits San Diego State on CBS as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 44.5. Central Michigan is at home against Eastern Michigan on ESPNU as an 8.5-point favorite with a total of 64. Ohio travels to Bowling Green on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 48. Utah State plays at New Mexico on FS1 at 1 PM ET as a 16.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 48.5. Four NCAAF games start at 3:30 PM ET on national television. Cincinnati travels to East Carolina on ABC as a 14-point road favorite with a total of 57. Arkansas hosts Missouri on CBS as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 62.5. Central Florida is at home against South Florida on ESPN as an 18.5-point favorite with an over/under of 62. Air Force plays at home against UNLV on the CBS Sports Network as an 18-point favorite with a total of 49.5. Utah is at home against Colorado on Fox at 4 PM ET as a 24-point favorite with an over/under of 51.5. Iowa State hosts TCU on FS1 as a 15-point favorite with a total of 60. Two NCAAF games begin in the evening slate. North Carolina State plays at home against North Carolina on ESPN at 7 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 62. Washington State visits Washington on FS1 at 8 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 44.5. Twelve games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. The Los Angeles Clippers are at home against Detroit at 3:40 PM ET as an 11.5-point favorite with an over/under of 206.5. Three games tip-off at 7:10 PM ET. Charlotte hosts Minnesota as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 222. Phoenix visits New York as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 215.5. Chicago plays at Orlando as an 8-point road favorite at BetRivers. Three more games begin at 8:10 PM ET. Memphis is at home against Atlanta as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 224.5. Indiana hosts Toronto as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 211. Washington travels to Oklahoma City as a 7-point road favorite at BetRivers. Boston visits San Antonio at 8:40 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with a total of 214.5. Two NBA games start at 9:10 PM ET. Milwaukee plays at Denver as a 3.5-point road favorite at BetRivers. Utah is at home against New Orleans as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 214.5. Golden State hosts Portland at 10:10 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 223. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against Sacramento at 10:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 222. The National Hockey League has 13 games on its Friday slate. Boston plays at home against the New York Rangers on ABC at 1:08 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 6. Three more games drop the puck at 3:38 PM ET. St. Louis visits Chicago as a -150 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Carolina plays at Philadelphia as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Minnesota is at home against Winnipeg as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Anaheim hosts Ottawa at 4:08 PM ET as a -175 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Washington plays at home against Florida at 5:08 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Nashville is at home against New Jersey at 6:08 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Three more NHL games start at 7:08 PM ET. Montreal travels to Buffalo as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Tampa Bay plays at home against Seattle as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Columbus is at home against Vancouver as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two more games begin at 7:38 PM ET. Pittsburgh visits the New York Islanders as a -140 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Colorado plays at Dallas as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Toronto is at San Jose at 10:38 PM ET as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Eighteen games are on national television in college basketball. The ESPN Events Invitational continues with four games at the HP Fieldhouse in Kissimmee, Florida. Miami (FL) plays North Texas on ESPN2 at 11 AM ET. Dayton goes against Kansas on ESPN at 1:30 PM ET. Alabama battles Drake on ESPNU at 4:30 PM ET. Iona faces Belmont on ESPNU at 7 PM ET.Four games take place on the third day of the Battle 4 Atlantic tournament at the Imperial Arena in Nassau, Florida. Baylor plays Michigan State in the championship game on ESPN at 11 AM ET. Connecticut faces Virginia Commonwealth on ESPN2 at 1:30 PM ET. Auburn battles Syracuse on ESPN2 at 4:30 PM ET. Loyola-Chicago goes against Arizona State on ESPN News at 7 PM ET. DePaul hosts Northern Kentucky on FS2 at 5 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 137.The Emerald Coast Classic at the Arena at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, tips off with two games on the CBS Sports Network. LSU plays Penn State at 7 PM ET as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5. Wake Forest battles Oregon State at 9:30 pM ET as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 140. The NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, continues with its second day of games on ESPN2 after taking Thanksgiving Day off. Virginia Tech faces Xavier at 7 PM ET as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 135. Memphis goes against Iowa State in the championship game at 9:30 PM ET as a 12-point favorite with a total of 138.5. The Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada, concludes with two games. Towson battles New Mexico on FS2 at 9 PM ET. San Francisco faces UAB in the championship game on FS1 at 11:30 PM ET. The Wooden Legacy at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, concludes with two games. Saint Joseph’s plays Georgetown on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. USC goes against San Diego State in the championship game on ESPN at 11:30 PM ET. Gonzaga plays Duke on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET on a neutral court at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 154.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 11/25/2021

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Nov 25, 2021

The Thursday Thanksgiving sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, and NCAAB.Week 12 in the National Football League kicks off with three games. Chicago visits Detroit on Fox at 12:30 PM ET. The Bears lost their fifth straight game after a 16-13 loss to Baltimore as a 1-point underdog on Sunday. The Lions come off a 13-10 loss at Cleveland as a 14-point favorite on Sunday. Chicago is a 2.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 41 (all odds from DraftKings). Dallas hosts Las Vegas on CBS at 4:30 PM ET. The Cowboys lost their second game in their last three with their 19-9 loss at Kansas City as a 2.5-point underdog on Sunday. The Raiders dropped their third straight game with a 32-13 loss to Cincinnati as a 2.5-point underdog. Dallas is a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 51.5.Buffalo plays at New Orleans on NBC at 8:20 PM ET. The Bills got upset at home to Indianapolis as a 7-point favorite last week. The Saints lost their third straight game with a 40-29 loss at Philadelphia as a 3-point underdog on Sunday. Buffalo is a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 45. Week 13 in the college football regular season resumes with two games. Fresno State travels to San Jose State on FS1 at 3:30 PM ET. The Bulldogs won their fourth game in their last five with a 24-7 victory against New Mexico as a 24-point favorite on November 13th. The Spartans lost their second-straight game with a 48-17 upset loss to Utah State as a 3.5-point favorite on November 13th. Fresno State is a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 51.5. Mississippi State is at home against Mississippi in the Egg Bowl on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Bulldogs won their fourth game in their last five with a 55-10 victory against Tennessee State as a 44-point favorite on Saturday. The Rebels won their sixth game in their last seven with a 31-17 win against Vanderbilt as a 35.5-point favorite on Saturday. Mississippi State is a 2-point favorite with a total of 64.5. Fourteen games are on the college basketball schedule. Four games take place on the second day of the Battle 4 Atlantic tournament at the Imperial Arena in Nassau, Florida. Connecticut plays Michigan State on ESPN at noon ET. Auburn goes against Loyola-Chicago on ESPN2 at 2:30 PM ET. Baylor faces Virginia Commonwealth on ESPN at 5 PM ET. Arizona State battles Syracuse on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET. The ESPN Events Invitation tips off with four games at the HP Fieldhouse in Kissimmee, Florida. Miami (Fl) faces Dayton on ESPN2 at noon ET as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5. Kansas goes against North Texas on ESPN at 2:30 PM ET as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 131. Alabama battles Drake on ESPNU at 5 PM ET as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 150. Drake plays Belmont on ESPNU at 7:30 PM ET as a 2-point favorite with a total of 149.5.The Las Vegas Classic begins with two games on FS1 at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada. UAB battles New Mexico as a 12.5-point favorite with an over/under of 147. San Francisco goes against Towson at 9:30 PM ET as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 137.The Baht Mar Hoops Championship at the Baha Mar Convention Center in Nassau, Bahamas, plays two games on the CBS Sports Network. Maryland plays Richmond at 7 PM ET as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Mississippi State faces Louisville at 9:30 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 132.5. The Wooden Legacy at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, has two games on ESPN2. USC battles Saint Joseph’s at 9:30 PM ET as an 18-point favorite with an over/under of 146. San Diego State goes against Georgetown as a 6-point favorite with a total of 132.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 11/24/2021

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021

The Wednesday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the UEFA Champions League.Thirteen games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Three games tip-off at 7:10 PM ET. Phoenix visits Cleveland as a 6.5-point road favorite with the total set at 209.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Indiana plays at home against the Los Angeles Lakers as a 1-point favorite. Charlotte is at Orlando as a 7-point road favorite. Brooklyn travels to Boston on ESPN at 7:40 PM ET in a pick ‘em match. Six games in the NBA start at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago plays at Houston as a 7.5-point road favorite. Memphis hosts Toronto as a 4-point favorite. Milwaukee plays at home against Detroit as a 14.5-point favorite with an over/under of 214. Miami visits Minnesota as a 1.5-point road favorite. Utah is at Oklahoma City as an 11.5-point road favorite. Washington travels to New Orleans as a 3.5-point road favorite. Atlanta is at San Antonio at 8:40 PM ET as a 4-point road favorite with a total of 220.5. Two games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 PM ET. Golden State plays at home against Philadelphia on ESPN as a 10-point favorite. Portland visits Sacramento as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 223.5.Fourteen games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. The puck drops at 7:08 PM ET for six games. Boston travels to Buffalo as a -245 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Florida plays at home against Philadelphia as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Minnesota is at New Jersey as a -120 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Pittsburgh hosts Vancouver as a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Washington is at home against Montreal as a -210 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Two more games in the NHL begin at 7:38 PM ET. The New York Rangers play at the New York Islanders as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. St. Louis visits Detroit as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Nashville is at home agent Vegas at 8:08 PM ET as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Colorado plays at home against Anaheim at 9:08 PM ET as a -235 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. The NHL has three games starting at 10:08 PM ET. Edmonton travels to Arizona as a -225 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Toronto plays at Los Angeles on TNT was a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Carolina is at Seattle as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. San Jose plays at home against Ottawa as a -170 money line favorite with a total of 6. Sixteen games are on national television in college basketball. The Battle 4 Atlantic tips off with four games at the Imperial Arena in Nassau, Florida. Michigan State plays Loyola-Chicago on ESPN at noon ET as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. UConn goes against Auburn on ESPN at 2:30 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 143.5. Syracuse battles Virginia Commonwealth on ESPN2 at 5 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 133. Baylor faces Arizona State on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET as a 12-point favorite with a total of 143. The second day of the Maui Invitational at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas continues with four games. Houston plays Oregon on ESPN2 at 2:30 PM ET. Wisconsin faces Saint Mary’s on ESPN at 5 PM ET. Butler battles Chaminade on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. Texas A&M goes against Notre Dame on ESPN2 at 11:30 PM ET. The Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maja, Mexico, concludes with two games pm the CBS Sports Network. Buffalo plays Illinois State at 6 PM ET. Stephen F. Austin faces Saint Louis at 8:30 PM ET. The Fort Myers Tip-Off at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida, has two games on FS1. Seton Hall battles California at 6 PM ET. Ohio State goes against Florida at 8:30 PM ET. The NIT Tip-Off Classic has two games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Xavier plays Iowa State on ESPNU at 7 PM ET as an 8-point favorite with a total of 136.5. Memphis faces Virginia Tech on ESPN2 at 9:30 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5. Two games are set for the SoCal Challenge on the CBS Sports Network at the JSerra Pavilion in San Juan Capistrano, California. TCU battles Pepperdine at 10:30 PM ET as a 10-point favorite with a total of 137.5. Santa Clara goes against Fresno State at 1 AM ET as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5. Matchday 5 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League concludes with eight matches. Two games start at 12:45 PM ET. Ajax visits Besiktas as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Inter Milan plays at home against Shakhtar Donetsk as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Six more matches begin at 3 PM ET. RB Leipzig travels to Club Brugge as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Manchester City hosts Paris Saint-Germain as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 3. Atletico Madrid is at home against AC Milan as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Liverpool plays at home against Porto as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Borussia Dortmund travels to Sporting CP in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Real Madrid plays at Sheriff as a -2 goal line road favorite with a total of 3.5.All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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NFL Week 12: Top 10-Ranked Teams

by Wayne Root

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021

10. Indianapolis Colts (6-5): After surviving a 1-4 start, the Colts look like one of the most dangerous teams in the unpredictable AFC. But why can’t Jonathan Taylor win MVP? The Colts are 6-0 in games in which he rushed for over 100 yards. This dome team is built for the elements, which will serve them well if they get to the postseason. Bold prediction: Indy wins the AFC South.  9. Baltimore Ravens (7-3):  Lamar Jackson’s illnesses are making Ravens fans a little queasy. Ten games in, the Ravens are a 5-5 masquerading as a 7-3 outfit. But the bill is about to come due. Damn, they’re even making me queasy. The Ravens are getting by on guts right now: Marquise Brown joined Jackson as an inactive on Sunday, while 15 players are parked on injured reserve. Survive and advance. 8. Tennessee Titans (8-3):  Go figure. The Titans are the epitome of this upside-down season, winning seven games against 2020 playoff teams while also losing to the Jets and Texans. No Derrick Henry, no Julio Jones and now A.J. Brown is banged up. The Titans’ offense needs someone to save it, but Ryan Tannehill isn’t up to the task. Tennessee has shown no hints of mounting a sustainable offense since Henry went on the shelf after foot surgery three weeks ago. This all feels like terrible timing for a game against the red-hot Patriots, but Mike Vrabel's Titans have a habit of overcoming the odds.  7. Los Angeles Rams (7-3): If the Rams are the type of team that gains motivation from the doubts of others, well, last week's bye might have been a very productive week. The Greatest Show-offs on Turf need to show something at Lambeau this week or else. The Rams can tweet about going all-in-all they want. But it’s time they show they are more than just empty expectations and a roster assembled on Madden. QB Matthew Stafford heads back to Lambeau Field, where he’s 3-7 all time.  6. Dallas Cowboys (7-3):  An excellent performance by the defense should have put the team in position to make a huge statement at Arrowhead. Instead, Dallas shrunk in the spotlight, fueling speculation we're watching another Cowboys team that's more sizzle than steak. Don’t look now, but here come the Eagles. But for that to matter they need to deal with injuries and the Raiders. The good news for Dallas after its 19-9 loss to the Chiefs? The imploding Raiders are coming to town on Thanksgiving. The bad news? The Cowboys have been outscored 66-45 by the AFC West this season. Oof.  5. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4):  The Chiefs look like a team ready to restore order in the chaotic AFC. The defense is getting back to its former form. Now we’ll see if the offense eventually can do the same. Melvin Ingram’s arrival has allowed Chris Jones to move back inside and return to his position as a game wrecker. Is the defense really keeping the Chiefs in games? The Chiefs’ offense still is figuring some things out, but rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated.  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3):  Last year, they didn’t need home-field advantage in the playoffs. This year, they do. Tom Brady saw Justin Herbert run for 90 yards Sunday night and decided to show off his wheels with a 10-yard run against the Giants. That was the most exciting moment of a Monday-nightsnooze fest. The competition jumps up a notch next Sunday with a road matchup against the red-hot Colts. 3. New England Patriots (7-4):  The Pats matched their 2020 win total by Thanksgiving and have found themselves in first place as a result. This team is one the up and up. Physical defense, bruising run game and a polished rookie quarterback who does exactly what is asked of him. Bill Belichick’s Patriots are hitting their stride and there’s no reason they can’t win an AFC filled with flawed contenders. Mac Jones reminds so many of a rookie from 2001. The Pats could end up partying like it’s 2001. Tampa Bay won the battle earlier but Coach Belichick has eyes on the War in February.  2. Green Bay Packers (8-3):  The Packers are dealing with two toe injuries. Their knicker and their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is hurting with a toe injury but Green Bay just lost star offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins. The Packers desperately need their bye, but first, they have to deal with a Rams team looking to get right. The Packers remain in fine shape, but they'll need to grind their way to the finish line. 1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2):  The Cardinals swept their NFC West road slate by a score of 91-50 and did so with Colt McCoy starting two of those three games. Coach Cool and the Cards are for real. But, they need to avoid having to play a playoff game in Green Bay at all costs. Zona hits a perfectly timed bye week. Murray (ankle) and DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) now get two more weeks to heal up before a favorable Week 13 matchup against the Bears. McCoy, meanwhile, probably bought himself another three years of lucrative backup work through his performance this month. Good gig.

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NFL Week 12 Breakdown

by Will Rogers

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021

BEST GAME -- Tennessee at New England (-5.5)Tennessee 8-3 SU, 7-4 ATSNew England 7-4 SU, 7-4 ATSAnd just like that, the Patriots are in first place in the AFC, a mere five games (all wins) after being buried at 2-4 in mid-October. New England has all the ingredients for successful cold-weather / playoff football – a killer defense, a two-pronged (Stevenson and Harris) powerful running game and a mistake-averse quarterback (Jones) who cares more about winning than he does about statistics. Not only that, they get to play at home this week against a Titans team that not only lost, at home, to Houston but had to score late to make the game (22-13) as close as it was. Tennessee figured to have the AFC South wrapped up by Dec. 1, but now has to worry about the surging Colts.WORST GAMENew York Jets at Houston (-3)New York 2-8 SU, 2-8 ATSHouston 2-8 SU, 5-5 ATSAny given Sunday, right? The Texans proved that they can beat one of the best teams in the NFL when they offed the Titans this past Sunday. Now, can they beat one of the worst? We’ll find out when the 2-8 teams claw it out in the Week 12 Dog of the Week. At a minimum, the Texans showed that they have some fight in them after breaking their 8-game losing streak by stunning Tennessee. Outplayed the entire game, Texas turned the tables by intercepting Ryan Tannehill four times, leading you to wonder if they can put a similar hurt on vet Joe Flacco.  Houston is favored by 2.5 on this one, though New York-area money could affect the line toward the end of the week.BIGGEST SPREAD and LARGEST TOTAL – Las Vegas at Dallas (-7.5, 54.5)Las Vegas 5-4 SU, 4-5 ATSDallas 7-3 SU, 8-2 ATSThe Raiders looked like they were going to come out ok post-Gruden, but reality sucks – and so has LV. Three straight losses are on the books, and the next three games include Dallas this Sunday and Kansas City in early December. It’s hard to look at LV’s schedule and figure out where it will get the five wins it will probably need to get to the playoffs. Dallas has different concerns. Right now the Cowboys just want to right the ship after a puzzling loss in Kansas City. There’s no harm in losing to the Chiefs on the road, but the Boys managed to play 60 minutes without scoring a touchdown against one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Dak Prescott was picked twice, and the Dallas offense stalled in the red zone all day and settled for three field goals. The early O/U number was set at 54.5, and it will be interesting to see if that drops as bettors analyze Dallas’ poor offensive showing in KC.SMALLEST SPREAD – Atlanta at Jacksonville (PK)Atlanta 4-6 SU, 4-6 ATSJacksonville 2-8 SU, 4-6 ATSHow bad are things in Atlanta? The Falcons have gone eight straight quarters without scoring a touchdown, and have three total points in that time. They were shut out last Thursday at home by the Patriots, and thus will get some extra time to figure out what is going wrong on offense. A good start might be for Matt Ryan to stop throwing the ball to Falcon opponents – he’s had seven picks in the last two games. Ryan should at least have some time in the pocket as the Jaguars don’t apply too much pocket pressure.SMALLEST TOTAL – Carolina at Miami (43)Carolina 5-6 SU, 5-6 ATSMiami 4-7 SU, 5-5-1 ATSYes, 43.5 is a short number here. But there is no evidence that either the Panthers or Dolphins are getting their acts together offensively. Dolphin games are averaging less than 43 points this season, and the Panthers are even lower at less than 41. Add in the fact that Carolina has one of the better defenses in the league and the arrow trends toward Under. Turnovers are the key here, of course, but both teams take care of the ball. Both coaches are in job preservation mode, and that means fewer chances.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL, NCAAB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 11/23/2021

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021

The Tuesday sports card features action in the NCAAF, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the UEFA Champions League.Week 13 of the regular season in college football kicks off with two games in the Mid-American Conference at 7 PM ET. Ball State hosts Buffalo on ESPN+. The Cardinals lost their third game in their last four with their 37-17 defeat to Central Michigan as a 2.5-point underdog on Wednesday. They are 5-6 on the season. The Bulls have lost three in a row after a 33-27 loss in overtime to Northern Illinois as a 1.5-point underdog on Wednesday. Buffalo has a 4-7 record. Ball State is a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 58.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Western Michigan visits Northern Illinois on ESPNU. The Broncos lost their third game in their last four with a 22-21 upset loss at Eastern Michigan as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. They have a 6-5 record. The Huskies won their second straight game with their victory at Buffalo last week. Northern Illinois has an 8-3 record. Western Michigan is a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 62. Four games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Miami travels to Detroit at 7:10 PM ET as a 9-point road favorite with a total of 208.5. New York plays at home against the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:40 PM ET on TNT as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 214.5. Portland hosts Denver in the nightcap on TNT at 10:10 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite at BetRivers. The Los Angeles Clippers are at home against Dallas at 10:40 PM ET as a 5-point favorite at BetRivers.Three games on the slate in the National Hockey League. Tampa Bay plays at home against Philadelphia at 7:08 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Dallas hosts Edmonton at 8:38 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Calgary is at home against Chicago at 9:08 PM ET as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Twelve games are on national television in college basketball. The Maui Invitational at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has four games on tap. Texas A&M plays Butler on ESPN2 at 2:30 PM ET. Wisconsin faces Houston on ESPN at 5 PM ET. Oregon battles Saint Mary’s on ESPN at 8 PM ET. Chaminade goes against Notre Dame on ESPNU at 10:30 PM ET. The Legends Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, has two games on ESPN2. Georgia plays Northwestern at 5 PM ET. Virginia faces Providence at 7:30 PM ET.The Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has two games on the CBS Sports Network. Buffalo plays Stephen F. Austin at 6 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 155. Saint Louis battles Illinois State at 8:30 PM ET as a 12-point favorite with a total of 144.5. The Hall of Fame Classic at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas, Missouri, has two games. Illinois plays Kansas State on ESPN News at 7 PM ET. Cincinnati faces Arkansas on ESPN2 at 9:30 PM ET. St. Francis (Brooklyn) visits St. John’s on FS2 at 7 PM ET. The finals of the Empire Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas tips off on ESPN at 10 PM ET. Gonzaga plays UCLA as a 5.5-point favorite. Matchday 5 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins with eight matches. Two games start at 12:45 PM ET. Bayern Munich travels to Dynamo Kyiv as a 2-goal road favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 3. Manchester United visits Villarreal in a pick ‘em at PlayMGM with an over/under of 2.5. Six games begin at 3 PM ET. Barcelona plays at home against Benfica as a 1-goal line favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 3. Atalanta is at the Young Boys as a -0.5 goal line road favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 3. Salzburg visits Lille in a pick ‘em match at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. Sevilla hosts Wolfsburg as a -0.5 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 2.5. Zenit Peterburg travels to Malmo as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Chelsea plays at home against Juventus as a -1 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 2.5. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 11/22/2021

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 11 in the National Football League concludes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the New York Giants on ESPN at 8:15 PM ET. The Buccaneers are a 10.5-point favorite with the total set at 50 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Ten games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Two games tip-off the card at 7:10 PM ET. Brooklyn visits Cleveland as a 7.5-point road favorite. Washington is at home against Charlotte as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 214.5. Two more NBA games start at 7:40 PM ET. Atlanta plays at home against Oklahoma City as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 212.5. Boston hosts Houston as an 11-point favorite. Three games in the NBA start at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago is at home against Indiana as a 3.5-point favorite. Milwaukee plays at home against Orlando as a 13.5-point favorite. Minnesota visits New Orleans as a 2-point road favorite. Phoenix visits San Antonio at 8:40 PM ET as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 219. Utah plays at home against Memphis at 9:10 PM ET as a 9-point favorite. Sacramento hosts Philadelphia at 10:10 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite at BetRivers.Six games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Columbus travels to Buffalo at 7:08 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two games have the puck drop at 8:08 PM ET. St. Louis plays at home against Vegas as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Nashville is at home against Anaheim as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two more games begin at 8:38 PM ET. Winnipeg plays at Pittsburgh as a -125 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Colorado hosts Ottawa as a -350 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Carolina visits San Jose at 10:38 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Twelve games are on national television in college basketball. The Maui Invitational Classic tips off on ESPN at 2 PM ET. Wisconsin plays Texas A&M as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 121.5. Houston battles Butler at 4:30 PM ET as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 123. Oregon plays Chaminade on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. Notre Dame faces Saint Mary’s on ESPN2 as a 2-point favorite with a total of 135. The Fort Myers Tip-Off at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on FS1. Seton Hall plays Ohio State at 6 PM ET as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 138.5. Florida plays California at 8:30 PM ET as a 12-point favorite with a total of 129. The Hall of Fame Classic at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri tips off at 6:30 PM ET. Cincinnati plays Illinois on ESPN as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139. Arkansas plays Kansas State on ESPN News as an 8-point favored with a total of 141. Virginia plays Georgia in the Legends Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Cavaliers are an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 126. TCU plays Santa Clara in the opening game of the SoCal Challenge at JSerra Pavilion at San Juan Capistrano in Santa Clara, California on the CBS Sports Network at 10:30 PM ET. The Horned Frogs are a -1.5-point favorite with a total of 142.5. Fresno State plays Pepperdine in the nightcap at 2 AM ET on the CBS Sports Network as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Gonzaga plays Central Michigan in the Empire Classic on ESPNU at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 11 PM ET. The Bulldogs are a 31.5-point favorite with a total of 154.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 11/21/2021

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the EPL.Week 11 in the National Football League continues with 15 games. Nine games kickoff the card at 1 PM ET. Green Bay visits Minnesota as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 47.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Philadelphia plays at home against New Orleans as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 42.5. Baltimore travels to Chicago as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 43.5. San Francisco plays at Jacksonville as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 45.5. Cleveland hosts Detroit as a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 42. Carolina is at home against Washington as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 42.5. Buffalo plays at home against Indianapolis as a 7-point favorite with a total of 49.5. Tennessee hosts Houston as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 45. Miami visits the New York Jets as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 44.5. Three games take place in the second afternoon window. Cincinnati travels to Las Vegas at 4:05 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 50.5. Kansas City plays at home against Dallas as a 3-point favorite with a total of 56. Seattle is at home against Arizona as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 46.5. The Los Angeles Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC at 8:20 PM ET for Sunday Night Football. The Chargers come off a 27-20 upset loss to Minnesota as a 3-point favorite last week. The Steelers settled for a 16-16 tie with Detroit as a 6-point favorite on Sunday. Los Angeles is a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 47.5.Five games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. The Los Angeles Clippers play at home against Dallas at 3:40 PM ET as a 3-point favorite. The Los Angeles Lakers visit Detroit as a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 210. Two NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago is at home against New York as an 8-point favorite with a total of 209.5. Phoenix plays at home against Denver as an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 211. Golden State hosts Toronto at 8:40 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite.Seven games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Tampa Bay is at home against Minnesota at 5:08 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. The New York Rangers are at home against Buffalo as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Boston is at home against Calgary at 7:08 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Toronto visits the New York Islanders at 7:38 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Vancouver hosts Chicago as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6. Washington travels to Seattle as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings play at home against Arizona at 10:08 PM ET as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Seventeen games are on national television in college basketball. The Charleston Classic concludes with four games at the TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina. Temple plays against Elon on ESPNU at 10:30 AM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 135.5. Boise State plays Mississippi on ESPN2 at 1 PM ET as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 134.5. West Virginia faces Clemson on ESPN2 at 5 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 137.5. St. Bonaventure faces Marquette on ESPNU at 7:30 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Xavier hosts Norfolk State on FS1 at noon PM ET. The Myrtle Beach Invitational continues with four games at the HTC Arena in Conway, South Carolina. Old Dominion plays Pennsylvania on ESPN News as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 130.5. Oklahoma goes against Utah State on ESP2 as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5. Davidson plays East Carolina on ESPNU at 6 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with a total of 139.5. New Mexico State plays Indiana State on ESPN2 at 8:30 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140. Villanova plays Purdue in the finals of the Hall of Fame Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on ABC at 1 PM ET. Tennessee plays North Carolina on ESPN in the consolation match at 3:30 PM ET. Loyola-Marymount plays Florida State at UNF Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, at 5:30 PM ET. The Seminoles are an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 140. The Roman Main Event concludes with two games at T-Mobile Arena. Michigan plays Arizona on ESPN at 9:30 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with a total of 142 in the championship game. Wichita State plays UNLV at midnight as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 131 on ESPN2.Matchweek 12 in the English Premier League concludes with two matches on the NBC Sports Network. Manchester City hosts Everton at 9 AM ET as -2 goal favorite with a total of 3. Tottenham plays at home against Leeds United as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. 

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Rink Report

by Ben Burns

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021

November is busy. With so much football and basketball, it can be hard to keep up with hockey. While it might seem like the season just started, some teams have already played 20 games. Let's get caught up. BEST CONFERENCEThe Stanley Cup has gone to a team from the Eastern Conference in five of the past six seasons. So far, the top three teams, in terms of records, all reside in the East. Florida has the most points (29) but Carolina has the best record. The (14-2) Hurricanes have 28 points but have played two fewer games than the Panthers. Next, comes Washington with 27 points. Edmonton, #1 in the West, has the fourth most points overall. There's a big gap between the haves and the have nots. The Coyotes and the Kraken, a pair of Western Conference teams, are the worst of the bunch. They have eight and nine points, respectively. Ottawa also has nine points but has played a few less games. Edmonton averages four goals per game, Arizona averages just 1.8. PROFITABLE TEAMSWith their strong records, it stands to reason that Carolina, Florida and Edmonton are among the most profitable teams. Likewise, Arizona and Seattle have hurt their backers the most. Some other teams might surprise you though. Columbus, Anaheim, Vegas, Minnesota, Boston and the NY Rangers have all produced solid profits. Teams like Montreal, Chicago, Pittsburgh and the Islanders are all significantly in the red. HOME SWEET HOMEDoes playing at home matter? It depends on which team you ask. The Panthers are 10-0 at home but 3-2-3 on the road. On the other hand, the defending champions have been better on the road than at home. Overall, on the season, home teams have won 56.3% of the time. TOTALSThus far, there have been more 'unders' than 'overs.' At 52.3% to 47.7%, the difference is fairly modest. We'll keep an eye out to see if the gap narrows, or widens. Interestingly, 63.5% of overtime games have stayed below the number. VEZINA TROPHY IN TORONTO?There are a number of goalies with excellent stats. Jack Campbell is right there in all the major categories. Of goalies who have played at least 10 games, the Leafs' netminder has the best goals-against-average (1.66) and also the best save percentage (.944). However, it's Calgary's Jacob Markstrom who leads the league in shutouts. He's already got five. Campbell is tied for second, at three. Good luck with the games. I wish everyone the best, during the upcoming holiday season. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 11/20/2021

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Nov 20, 2021

The Saturday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, CFL, and the EPL.Week 12 in the college football regular season concludes with 51 games between FBS opponents. Seventeen games kick off the card in the opening window from noon ET to 3 PM ET. Five games are on national television at noon ET. Oklahoma hosts Iowa State on Fox as a 3-point favorite with the total set at 59.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Ohio State plays at home against Michigan State on ABC as a 19-point favorite with an over/under of 68.5. Clemson is at home against Wake Forest on ESPN as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 57. West Virginia hosts Texas on ESPN2 as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 56.5. Army plays at home against Massachusetts on the CBS Sports Network as a 35.5-point favorite with a total of 56. Iowa is at home against Illinois on FS1 as a 13-point favorite with an over/under of 38.5. Notre Dame plays at home against Georgia Tech on NBC at 2:30 PM ET as a 17.5-point favorite with a total of 58.5. Twenty-one NCAAF games take place from 3:30 PM ET through 5:30 PM ET. Five games are on national television at 3:30 PM ET. Wisconsin hosts Nebraska on ABC as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 43. Alabama plays at home against Arkansas on CBS as a 20.5-point favorite with a total of 58. Cincinnati is at home against SMU on ESPN as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 66. Pittsburgh hosts Virginia on ESPN2 as a 14.5-point favorite with an over/under of 66. East Carolina travels to Navy on the CBS Sports Network as a 4-point road favorite with a total of 47. Two games are on national television at 4 PM ET. UCLA visits USC on Fox as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 65.5. Liberty plays at home against Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPNU as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 53.5. Kansas State is at home against Baylor on FS1 at 5:30 PM ET as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 50. Thirteen NCAAF games conclude the card starting at 7 PM ET. Auburn is at South Carolina on ESPN as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 44.5. Two games kick off on national television at 7:30 PM ET. Utah hosts Oregon on ABC as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 59. Tennessee plays at home against South Alabama on ESPNU as a 27.5-point favorite with a total of 62. Two more games are on national television beginning at 8 PM ET. Oklahoma State travels to Texas Tech on Fox as a 10-point road favorite with an over/under of 56.5. Utah State hosts Wyoming on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point favorite with a total of 52.5. Two games are on national television at 9 PM ET. LSU is at home against Louisiana-Monroe on ESPN2 as a 29-point favorite with an over/under of 57.5. Boise State plays at home against New Mexico on FS1 as a 27-point favorite with a total of 58. Arizona State visits Oregon State on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 58.5. Nine games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. New York plays at home against Houston at 5:10 PM ET as an 11-point favorite with a total of 212. Two games tip-off at 7:10 PM ET. Indiana is at home against New Orleans as an 8-point favorite at BetRivers. Miami plays at Washington as a 1.5-point road favorite at BetRivers. Two more NBA games begin at 7:40 PM ET. Atlanta is at home against Charlotte as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 226. Boston hosts Oklahoma City as a 10.5-point favorite at BetRivers. Two NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. Milwaukee is an 11-point favorite at BetRivers. Minnesota plays at home against Memphis as a 1-point favorite with a total of 219. The NBA card concludes with two games at 10:10 PM ET. Portland is at home against Phoenix as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 218. Utah travels to Sacramento as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 223. Twelve games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Two games begin the card at 4:08 PM ET. Tampa Bay plays at home against New Jersey as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Carolina visits Los Angeles as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Florida is at home against Minnesota as a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Four games drop the puck at 7:08 PM ET. The New York Islanders are at home against Calgary as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Boston plays at Philadelphia as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Toronto is at home against Pittsburgh as a -175 money line favorite with a total of 6. Nashville plays at Montreal as a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two games in the NHL begin at 8:08 PM ET. Detroit visits Arizona as a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Dallas is at home against St. Louis as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two more games start at 10:08 PM ET. Vegas is at home against Columbus as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Edmonton plays at home against Chicago as a -215 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Washington travels to San Jose at 10:38 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite with a total of 6. The New Rangers/Ottawa game got postponed because of the COVID outbreak with the Senators. Five games are on national television in college basketball. Connecticut hosts Binghamton at noon ET on FS2 as a 28.5-point favorite at William Hill with an over/under of 138.5. The Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on ESPN News. The opening game at 1 PM ET has Villanova playing Tennessee as a 2-point favorite with a total of 140. Purdue plays North Carolina in the second game at 4 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 153. St. John’s plays at home against Farleigh Dickinson on FS2 at 6 PM ET as a 28.5-point favorite at William Hill with a total of 155.5. DePaul is at home against Western Illinois on FS2 at 8 PM ET as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5. Week 16 in the Canadian Football League concludes with two games on ESPN+. Hamilton hosts Saskatchewan at 4 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with a total of 41.5. Winnipeg visits Calgary at 7 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 41.5. Matchweek 12 in the English Premier League begins with eight matches. Chelsea travels to Leicester City on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. Six games start at 10 AM ET. Brighton and Hove Albion visit Aston Villa on the NBC Sports Network in a pick ‘em match at PlayMGM with an over/under of 2.5. Crystal Palace plays at Burnley on Peacock in a pick ‘em match at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. Newcastle United hosts Brentford on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Southampton is at Norwich City on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line road favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. Manchester United travels to Watford on Peacock as a -1 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. West Ham United visits Wolverhampton on the USA Network in a pick ‘em match at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. Liverpool hosts Arsenal on NBC at 12:30 PM ET as a -1 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 3.

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