Who's Playing

Northern Illinois @ Chicago State

Current Records: Northern Illinois 2-6; Chicago State 3-6

What to Know

The Chicago State Cougars are 0-5 against the Northern Illinois Huskies since December of 2015, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Monday. Chicago State has the luxury of staying home another game and will welcome NIU at 1 p.m. ET Dec. 13 at Jones Convocation Center. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'

The Cougars entered their matchup against the Illinois State Redbirds this past Saturday without any home losses -- but there's a first time for everything. Chicago State fell to Illinois State 80-71. Five players on Chicago State scored in the double digits: Jahsean Corbett (17), Coreyoun Rushin (13), Favour Chukwukelu (11), Dominique Alexander (11), and Brandon Betson (10).

Meanwhile, there's no need to mince words: the Huskies lost to the Dayton Flyers two weeks ago, and they lost bad. The score wound up at 79-41. Guard Keshawn Williams had a rough afternoon: he played for 27 minutes but put up just seven points on 3-for-13 shooting.

Barring any buzzer beaters, the Cougars are expected to win a tight contest. They are currently five-for-five against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

The losses put Chicago State at 3-6 and NIU at 2-6. A pair of offensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Chicago State has only been able to knock down 38.80% percent of their shots, which is the 12th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. The Huskies have experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 357th fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 54.6 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Jones Convocation Center -- Chicago, Illinois
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Cougars are a slight 1-point favorite against the Huskies, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line on this game has moved a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Huskies as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Northern Illinois have won all of the games they've played against Chicago State in the last seven years.

  • Dec 18, 2020 - Northern Illinois 64 vs. Chicago State 54
  • Dec 19, 2019 - Northern Illinois 75 vs. Chicago State 60
  • Dec 22, 2018 - Northern Illinois 100 vs. Chicago State 59
  • Dec 02, 2017 - Northern Illinois 95 vs. Chicago State 77
  • Dec 02, 2015 - Northern Illinois 80 vs. Chicago State 58