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Illinois State vs Chicago State 12/19/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago State Cougars (3-10) vs. Illinois State Redbirds (5-7)
December 19, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -5.5 / Chicago State Cougars +5.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Chicago State Cougars and the Illinois State Redbirds meet Monday in college basketball action from Redbird Arena. Chicago State is 3-10 overall this year and fresh off a loss to Southern Illinois. As for Illinois State, they’re sitting at 5-7 on the season. The Redbirds lost to Ball State in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Chicago State started out the year at 2-2 then hit losses to Kent State, Marshall, Cleveland State, Marquette and Bethune-Cookman. After a win over Southern Indiana, the Cougars lost to TN-Martin, Murray State and Southern Illinois. 

Back on Friday versus Southern Illinois, the Cougars trailed 32-26 at the break. Chicago State posted a 31-26 deficit from there and lost 63-52. Wesley Cardet was tops in scoring with 14 points and five rebounds. 

Over on the Illinois State side, they went just 2-6 over their first eight games with wins over Eastern Illinois and Northwestern State. The Redbirds beat Belmont, Eastern Michigan and SIU Edwardsville in the next three games. 

Illinois State took on Ball State in Saturday’s game. The Redbirds scored 34 points in the first half and 35 more in the second for an 83-69 loss. Malachi Poindexter was the leading team scorer on 14 points and six rebounds. 

PICK: I’ll probably stay with Illinois State in this one. The Redbirds are coming off a pretty limp effort versus a decent Ball State team. Illinois State has been scoring quite well over the last five games however, hitting 67 or more points in each outing. The Redbirds are 3-2 in that stretch. As for Chicago State, they had a nice scoring run going earlier this month but they’ve hit a tepid 117-point combined total over their last pair. Chicago State will probably finish in the 60s again for this one. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Illinois State Redbirds -5.5

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