Chicago State Cougars vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago State Cougars vs Eastern Illinois Panthers
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago State (+22.5)
The Chicago State Cougars (0-3) are headed to Lantz Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-3). Chicago State opens this contest as 22.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 139.5.
Chicago State will play this contest with a mark of 0-3 for the campaign. They have an average of 47.7 points per game (269th in D-1) while hitting 31.2% from the field. The Cougars are shooting 19.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (12 of 61) and 67.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Chicago State is collecting 23.7 boards per game and has tallied 23 assists on the season, which ranks 186th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 16.7 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 24.0 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Cougars are able to force 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.3 fouls. They rank 254th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 51 conceded so far this season. The Cougars defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 54.2% (90 of 166) and they surrender 41.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 41.7% on 3-point shots and they rank 240th in college hoops in points per game allowed (85.0).
The Chicago State Cougars faced off with the North Carolina A&T Aggies and took a loss by a score of 74-44 in their last contest. Chicago State walked away from the game with a 30.4% FG percentage (14 out of 46) and knocked down 4 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Cougars made 12 of 19 tries for a rate of 63.2%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they earned 29 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 8 assists for this contest as well as getting 2 steals and 4 blocked shots. In reference to defending, Chicago State allowed their opponent to shoot 30.4% from the floor on 14 of 46. North Carolina A&T distributed 20 dimes and 5 steals for the contest. In addition, the Aggies collected 31 boards (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 blocks. North Carolina A&T finished shooting 70.6% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 17 tries. They also made 10 out of their 23 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Jordan Polynice is a guy who came through in this game. He had 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins played and grabbed 3 boards. Polynice shot 33.3% from the field and also earned 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of action in this contest for the Cougars was Rajeir Jones. He grabbed 5 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 4-of-8 (12 points). Overall, Jones was on the court for 25 min.
Eastern Illinois has a win-loss mark of 0-3 on the season. Eastern Illinois has accumulated 180 points for the campaign (60.0 per contest) and they snag 34.7 boards per contest. The Panthers are committing 19.7 fouls per contest and they shoot 73.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Panthers are hitting on 34.6% from the field, which has them ranked 339th in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 10.3 times per contest (220th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game. The Panthers defensively are ranked 166th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 72.7. They are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (191st in D-1). The Eastern Illinois defense allows 40.4% from downtown (23 of 57) and their opponents are converting on 69.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 15.7 dimes and 39.0 boards per contest, which ranks them 201st and 193rd in the nation.
In their last game, the Eastern Illinois Panthers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-63 when they faced the Dayton Flyers. The Panthers snagged 20 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 32 for the matchup. They also turned away 2 attempts while recording 3 steals in the game. The Flyers had 11 fouls for this game which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for a total of 9 shots. They were able to make 5 of the free throws for a clip of 55.6%. Concerning 3-point shots, Eastern Illinois made 6 out of their 13 attempts (46.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Panthers finished shooting 26 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.6%. The Panthers permitted the Flyers to make 24 of 47 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.1% for the matchup. They went 46.7% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 15 and ended up shooting 11 out of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). Concerning how they rebounded, Eastern Illinois allowed Dayton to snag 29 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Josiah Wallace was pivotal for the Panthers for the matchup. He buried 3 out of 14 in the game for a rate of 21.4%, which had him sitting at 6 points. Wallace had 2 boards in his 29 minutes played and had 4 assists in this contest. Another guy that was important for Eastern Illinois was Mack Smith. He ended up finishing with 13 points in 27 minutes played by going 5 of 6 from the floor for this game. Smith ended up shooting 83.3% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago State (+22.5)
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