Chicago State Cougars (3-11) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-6)
December 22, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -13 / Chicago State Cougars +13 ; Over/Under: -
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The Chicago State Cougars and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Thursday in college basketball action from Williams Arena. Chicago State is 3-11 so far this year and coming off a loss to Illinois State. As for Minnesota, they’re 5-6 overall. The Gophers beat AR-Pine Bluff in their most recent outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago State has wins over only IUPUI, Valparaiso and Southern Indiana so far. The losses have come to St. Thomas MN, Northwestern, Kent State, Marshall, Cleveland State, Marquette, Bethune-Cookman, TN-Martin, Murray State, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.
Matched up against Illinois State on Monday, the Cougars were down 33-23 by the break. Chicago State posted a 33-29 deficit from there in a 66-52 loss. Jahsean Corbett led the team with 14 points and four rebounds.
Over on the Minnesota side, their wins have come over Western Michigan, St. Francis BK, Central Michigan, Cal Baptist and AR-Pine Bluff. The losses were to DePaul, UNLV, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Michigan and Mississippi State.
Last Wednesday versus AR-Pine Bluff, the Gophers didn’t have a ton of trouble. Minnesota scored 36 points in each half on the way to a 72-56 win. Leading the way was Braeden Carrington with 20 points. Jamison Battle added 18 points as well.
PICK: I’ll probably stay with Minnesota here. The Gophers played a pretty solid game against AR-Pine Bluff in their last outing despite getting out-rebounded on the offensive glass 14-5 and coughing up 16 turnovers. Minnesota has been getting drilled by the higher-tier national competition this year, however they’re doing fairly well against smaller schools. As for Chicago State, they’ve scored 65 or fewer points in three straight games. The Cougars are capable of decent points totals this year but I don’t think they’ll see 70 in this one.