Northwestern vs. Chicago State - 12/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago State Cougars (3-7) at Northwestern Wildcats (7-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -24 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago State Cougars and Northwestern Wildcats square off Sunday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Chicago State Cougars could use a monster upset after losing their last six games. The Chicago State Cougars are averaging 65 points on 37.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Elliot Cole is averaging 12.9 points and 3.1 assists while Kieran Woods is averaging 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Trayvon Palmer is grabbing 8.2 rebounds and Anthony Eaves is dishing 1.1 assists. The Chicago State Cougars are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. Chicago State is allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The Chicago State Cougars have lost six straight road games.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look for their fifth straight win to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 78.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 15 points and 2.6 rebounds. Alex Olah is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Falzon is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. Northwestern is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.5 turnovers per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have won nine straight home games.
The Cougars are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Northwestern appears to be that sleeper Big Ten team this season, as the depth has improved and the Cats have some knockdown shooters from the outside. Chicago State did hang with an OK Illinois team but also got waxed by Iowa State and DePaul. I see this game being a blowout.