Big Al’s Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAA Basketball Preview
The Thursday sports card features action in NCAA college basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.The college basketball card tips off at 5 PM ET with Presbyterian hosting South Carolina-Upstate as a 2.5-point favorite with the total set at 133 (odds courtesy of BetOnline).The nationally-televised college basketball schedule begins at 7 PM ET. Houston visits Wichita State on ESP2 at 7 PM ET. The Cougars rank sixth in the nation by the Associated Press with a 17-2 record after they defeated South Florida, 82-65, as a 13-point favorite last Wednesday. The Shockers, 12-4, won their fourth straight last Wednesday with a 61-60 victory at Central Florida as a 2-point favorite. Houston is a 7.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 137.Iowa makes the trip to Madison to play a Wisconsin team looking to bounce back from a home loss to the #3-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Sunday. This will be the first meeting of the season between these Big 10 rivals, and it will be broadcast on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The game has been installed as a PK, with a total of 145.5.Vermont travels to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on ESPNU at 7 PM ET. The Catamounts, 9-3, won their seventh straight game on Sunday in a 61-57 victory against Stony Brook as an 11-point favorite. The Retrievers, 13-4, play for the first time since February 8th, when they defeated Stony Brook, 60-48, as a 3-point favorite. Vermont is a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 133.BYU plays at Pacific on the CBS Sports Network at 8 PM ET. The Cougars fell to 15-5 in their last game on February 8th in an 82-71 home loss to Gonzaga as an 11-point underdog. The Tigers, 6-6, lost their fifth game in six contests in their 80-76 loss at Loyola-Marymount as a 2-point underdog. BYU is a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 136.5.Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary’s on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Bulldogs are ranked number one in the nation by the AP with a 20-0 record. They last played on Saturday when they defeated San Francisco on the road, 100-61, as an 18.5-point favorite. The Gaels fell to 11-6 with a 60-58 loss at Pepperdine as a 1-point underdog on Saturday. Gonzaga is a 20-point favorite with the total at 143.5.Michigan plays at home against Rutgers on FS1 at 9 PM ET. The Wolverines are ranked third by the AP with a 14-1 record. They returned from a three-week hiatus from a COVID shut down by the University of Michigan athletics department with a 67-59 win at Wisconsin as a 0.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights, 12-7, won their fifth game in their last six on Saturday with their 64-50 win against Northwestern as an 8-point favorite. Michigan is a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5.UCLA is at home against Arizona on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET. The Bruins improved to 14-5 with a 64-61 win at Washington as a 9.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Wildcats fell to 14-7 on Saturday in a 63-61 loss to Oregon as a 1.5-point favorite. UCLA is a 1.5-point favorite with the total at 138.5.Winthrop travels to High Point on ESPNU at 9 PM ET. The Eagles improved to 18-1 on Friday with their 55-47 victory at Radford as a 6-point favorite. The Panthers dropped to 8-11 with a 69-68 upset loss to Charleston Southern as a 7.5-point favorite on Friday. Winthrop is a 9.5-point road favorite with the over/under at 142.5. San Diego State visits Fresno State on the CBS Sports Network at 10 PM ET. The Aztecs raised their record to 15-4 with their 77-55 victory against San Jose State as a 29.5-point favorite last Wednesday. The Bulldogs improved to 9-7 with their 67-64 win at the Air Force as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday. San Diego State is a 14-point road favorite with the total set at 130. Stanford plays at Washington on FS1 at 11 PM ET. The Cardinal, 13-8, won their third game in their last four with their 73-66 victory against Utah as a 5-point favorite on Saturday. The Huskies snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-16 with their 65-63 upset win at Washington State as a 6-point underdog on Monday. Stanford is a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5.Oregon plays at home against Colorado on ESPN2 at 11 PM ET. The Ducks, 12-4, won at Arizona, 63-61, as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday. The Buffaloes fell to 16-6 with their 71-63 upset loss as a 9-point favorite last Saturday. Oregon is a 3-point favorite with a total of 140.5.Three games are on the NBA slate with a double-header on TNT. Milwaukee hosts Toronto in the first game on TNT at 7 PM ET. The Bucks lost their fourth in a row on Tuesday in a 124-113 upset loss to the Raptors. Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory.The Los Angeles Lakers play at home against Brooklyn in the TNT nightcap at 10 PM ET. The Lakers won their eighth game in their last nine with a 112-104 win at Minnesota as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. The Nets won their fourth in a row on Tuesday in a 128-124 comeback victory at Phoenix as an 8.5-point underdog. Nine games are on the NHL docket. Six games begin the card at 7 PM ET. Minnesota visits Anaheim to close out the schedule at 10 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. None of the games are on national television.