The Chicago State Cougars (4-9) will try to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Indiana State when they head to Hulman Center to clash with the Sycamores (6-4). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 151 points with Indiana State set as a 26.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
Chicago State Cougars vs. Indiana State Sycamores Betting Preview
In the Cougars’ last game, they lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies, 75-60. With 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting, Xavier Johnson led Chicago State in scoring. Northern Illinois’ 9.9 turnover percentage was their largest strength over Chicago State, who had a rate of 21.2. The Huskies’ mark was better than their season average of 17.5, while the Cougars’ was above the 16.2 mark opponents have averaged against Northern Illinois this season.
The Sycamores will look to keep it rolling after topping the Tennessee State Tigers in their last matchup, 78-72. Indiana State was lifted by Tyreke Key, who was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The Sycamores had an absurd free throw rate of 0.458 (above their season average of 0.265) and had a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 16.8).
The aggressive Indiana State offense looks poised to dominate from the foul line. The Sycamores rank 26th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.286, while Chicago State ranks 328th in FTA rate allowed (0.294). It will also be a matchup of opposite tempos as the up-tempo Cougars rank 58th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Sycamores rank 278th.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games involving Chicago State have finished under 66.7 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of Indiana State games have gone over. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Sycamores have a significant advantage. They are 6-4 SU and 6-3 ATS, while the Cougars are 4-9 SU and 4-5 ATS.
Chicago State Cougars at Indiana State Sycamores Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Indiana State, ATS Winner – Indiana State, O/U – Over
Chicago State ranks 30th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Indiana State ranks 62nd (2.9).
The Sycamores’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 0.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.0 points per game (2.8 below their season average).