February is a traditionally important month in college basketball, and that will certainly be the case in 2021 as we inch closer to March Madness. The year’s second month also plays host to a certain big football game you may be familiar with.
Here is a look at what’s on tap in sports from Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 7.
NCAABB: No. 2 Baylor vs No. 6 Texas – Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET
The March Madness field is beginning to shape out as the college basketball season pushes forward. The state of Texas has shown up in a major way this season, placing four teams in the top 25 (Baylor, Texas, Houston, Texas Tech). Two of those teams, Baylor and Texas, square off on Tuesday evening. Both the Bears and the Longhorns are vying for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the first meeting between these two teams this season and Baylor is 4-0 against ranked teams in this campaign. Texas is 2-3 against ranked teams this season.
NCAABB: No. 7 Ohio State vs No. 8 Iowa – Thursday, 7 p.m. ET
The hype surrounding Luka Garza and Iowa was absolutely earned and the Hawkeyes are in position to compete for not only a Big Ten title, but also a top seed come the NCAA Tournament. Iowa is second this season in scoring (89.7 points per game), fourth in field goals (31.8 made & 65.8 attempted per game), and first in assists per game (20.6). The Buckeyes, on the other hand, have been led by duo E.J. Liddell (15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds per game) and Duane Washington (14.5 points per game). Ohio State is 3-1 against ranked teams in 2020-21 and this is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
UFC Apex: Alistair Overeem vs Alexander Volkov – Saturday, 5 p.m.
Two heavyweights are going at it Saturday night in UFC Apex: Alistair Overeem (+150 at DraftKings Sportsbook) and Alexander Volkov (-182). The Russia-born Volkov is a slight favorite in the bout with a 32-8 career record and a 68% KO rate. Overeem has a 15-pound advantage (265), but is three inches shorter than Volkov (both fighters have an even 80-inch reach). Both fighters won via TKO in their last outing; for Overeem it was in September and for Volkov it was in October.
Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs Buccaneers – Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET
No individual sporting event brings in more betting handle than the Super Bowl does annually; estimates from last year’s Super Bowl LIV range from $5.3 billion bet to $6.8 billion. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are favorites over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The over/under is set at . In Super Bowl history, favorites are 28-23-2 and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 Super Bowls. Kansas City is looking to become the first repeat champions since the 2003-04 Patriots and Tampa Bay is looking for its first championship since the 2002 NFL season.