/Chicago State vs. Illinois State odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 15 predictions from top model
Chicago State vs. Illinois State odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 15 predictions from top model

Chicago State vs. Illinois State odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 15 predictions from top model

Tuesday afternoon’s college basketball schedule features a matchup between in-state rivals, albeit from different conferences. The WAC’s Chicago State Cougars visit the Illinois State Redbirds (MVC), with regional bragging rights on the line. Chicago State is in search of its first victory this season after an 0-6 start. Illinois State sits at 2-3 on the young season, though the Redbirds have lost two straight games.

Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET at Redbird Arena. William Hill Sportsbook lists Illinois State as a 21-point home favorite, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 144 in the latest Chicago State vs. Illinois State odds. Before making any Illinois State vs. Chicago State picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 8-4 on all its top-rated picks and returning well over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Chicago State vs. Illinois State. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Illinois State vs. Chicago State:

  • Chicago State vs. Illinois State spread: Illinois State -21
  • Chicago State vs. Illinois State over-under: 144 points
  • CSU: The Cougars are 1-5 against the spread this season
  • ISU: The Redbirds are 6-7-1 against the spread in the last 14 home games

Latest Odds:

Redbirds
-22

What you need to know about Chicago State

The Cougars are undeniably struggling, but they have a pair of talented guards in senior Xavier Johnson and junior Levelle Zeigler. Johnson led the team in scoring during the 2019-20 season, averaging 15.4 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Zeigler leads the team in scoring so far in 2020-21, and they will rely on both players for shot creation. Illinois State is allowing opponents to shoot 55 percent on 2-point attempts this season, providing some optimism near the rim, and the Redbirds are also outside the top 200 nationally in turnover creation at 17.4 percent.

Defensively, Chicago State will need to secure the glass, but Illinois State is grabbing only 23.6 percent of offensive rebounds this season. Finally, the Redbirds are a poor free throw shooting team, making only 59.7 percent of their attempts, and that inefficiency could help Chicago State.

What you need to know about Illinois State

The Redbirds have a talented pair of junior contributors in guard Josiah Strong and forward Dusan Mahorcic. Strong is averaging 13.4 points and 4.8 assists per game, while also shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point distance. Mahorcic missed the team’s first three games but, since returning, he is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest. Illinois State maximizes possessions by taking the care of the ball, turning the ball over on only 18.1 percent of possessions, and the Redbirds are above-average in 3-point shooting and tempo.

Defensively, Illinois State has a 9.7 block rate, ranking well above-average, and the Redbirds are better than the national baseline in both defensive rebounding and 3-point shooting allowed. Against a Chicago State that projects as one of the worst teams in the nation statistically, Illinois State should be in a favorable position on both ends.

How to make Chicago State vs. Illinois State picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with no player on either team projected to score as many as 12 points per game. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Illinois State vs. Chicago State? And which side of the spread is hitting in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.