Northwestern vs. Chicago State - 12/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern vs. Chicago State - 12/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago State Cougars (3-9) at Northwestern Wildcats (7-3)

College Basketball: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

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The Chicago State Cougars will travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Huskies this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Chicago State Cougars had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-9 on the season after being defeated by the DePaul Blue Devils, 104-70, this past Wednesday. Chicago State had no answers on the defensive end for the Blue Devils and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 49-30 margin. Chicago State allowed DePaul to shoot 54.7% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Delshon Strickland who had 25 points, 1 rebound, and a steal.

On the season, Chicago State is averaging 68.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 4.5 three-pointers per game on 27.8% shooting from the field. Offensively, Chicago State has been led by Anthony Harris (15.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Rob Shaw (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Christian Jacob (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and Cameron Bowles (9.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg).

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Defensively, Chicago State is allowing their opponents to average 86.2 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -4.7 and a turnover margin of -3.8.

The Northwestern Wildcats snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 7-3 (0-2 Big 10) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Devils, 75-68, on December 8th. Northwestern trailed by double-digits midway through the 2nd half however was able to fight back and pull away for the victory after a 20-0 run gave the Wildcats a 67-57 lead with 2:58 left in regulation. Northwestern shot 41.8% from the field and 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Vic Law who had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist.

On the season, Northwestern is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Vic Law (18.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 bpg), Dererk Pardon (14.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.4 apg), Ryan Taylor (12.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), and A.J. Turner (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apg).

Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Cougars are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big 10 opponents. The Wildcats are 4-1—1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

It’s been a tough season for Chicago State as although they’ve played a tough road schedule to start the season, the Cougars have still really struggled and come into this game ranked 310th in scoring offense & 350th in scoring defense. Northwestern dropped a couple of tough games agianst Indiana & Michigan to start Big-10 play, however this is still a very good team that is led by their defense that ranks 31st in scoring defense and T-84th in blocks per game. Chicago State lost by an average of 36.6 ppg to Indiana, Notre Dame, and DePaul this season and as I think Northwestern is on the same level as those three teams, I’m taking Northwestern to cover  a large home spread if this one is lined.

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