Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State odds: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will take on the Chicago State Cougars at 3 p.m. ET Thursday at Lantz Arena. EIU is 0-3 and is playing its first home game, while Chicago State is 0-3 and 0-1 on the road. Chicago State was 4-25 last season and winless in the WAC. Eastern Illinois went 17-15 overall with a 9-9 mark in the OVC. 

The Panthers are favored by 24 points in the latest Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points expected is set at 134. Before entering any Chicago State vs. Eastern Illinois picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Chicago State vs. Eastern Illinois:

  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State spread: Eastern Illinois -24
  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State over-under: 134 points
  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State money line: Eastern Illinois -10000, Chicago State 2000

Latest Odds:

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What you need to know about Eastern Illinois

The Panthers fell 66-63 to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday. One thing holding EIU back was the play of guard Josiah Wallace, who struggled from the floor. He played for 29 minutes but put up just six points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Though EIU is winless, it has played a tough schedule and has been able to cover in two out of three matchups. The Panthers easily stayed within the 14.5-point spread against Dayton and the 20.5-point spread against Wisconsin in a 77-67 loss. 

What you need to know about Chicago State

Chicago State, meanwhile, has struggled to be competitive thus far. The Cougars are 0-3 against the spread and are coming off a 74-44 loss to North Carolina A&T. 

They’ll need to improve on both ends of the court, and it will start with more accurate shooting. The Cougars are hitting just 31.2 percent of their shots from the field and only 19.7 percent from 3-point range. Jordan Polynice (10.7 ppg) is the only player scoring more than 7.0 ppg.

How to make Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State picks

The model has simulated Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning under on the total, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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Gonzaga beats Kansas in season opener, Illinois defeats Chicago State, VCU falls to West Virginia

NO. 1 GONZAGA 102, NO. 6 KANSAS 90

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Drew Timme scored 25 points, Jalen Suggs added 24 and Corey Kispert had 23 to help No. 1 Gonzaga beat No. 6 Kansas 102-90 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

The Bulldogs built a double-digit lead in the first half at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off, then saw the Jayhawks tie it twice in the second half before putting them away. Gonzaga went on a 22-7 run to go up 96-78.

Suggs, who got in foul trouble in the first half, scored 17 of his 24 in the second half.

Marcus Garrett led Kansas with 22 points, and Ochai Agbaji added 17 points. Agbai picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half, which hurt the Jayhawks. When he left, Kansas trailed 70-67.

The Jayhawks rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half to tie it at 57.

On Friday, Gonzaga will play Auburn, and Kansas will face St. Joseph’s.

NO. 8 ILLINOIS 97, CHICAGO STATE 38

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ayo Dosunmu scored 22 points, freshman Andres Curbelo added 18 and Illinois routed Chicago State.

The Illini (2-0) scored the first nine points and led 47-17 at halftime. They will host Ohio in the third round of the multi-team event Friday before facing No. 2 Baylor on Wednesday.

Adam Miller added 15 points and Kofi Cockburn finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Illinois shot 60% from the field.

Xavier Johnson led Chicago State (0-2) with 10 points. Chicago State coach Lance Irvin has opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Assistant Rodell Davis is coaching the team in Irvin’s absence.

NO. 15 WEST VIRGINIA 78, VCU 66

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Derek Culver had 23 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 15 West Virginia beat VCU 78-66 in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic semifinals.

West Virginia (2-0) will face Western Kentucky in the final Friday.

Culver rebounded from a seven-point game Wednesday night in the Mountaineers’ opening victory over South Dakota State, finishing two shy of his career high. He was 8 of 14 from the field.

Sean McNeil added 16 points, and Oscar Tshiebwe had 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Nah’Shon Hyland led the Rams (1-1) with 13 points.

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University of Chicago now part of Evans Scholars program

The Glenview-based Western Golf Association’s acclaimed Evans Scholars Foundation and the University of Chicago have formed a new partnership, with the university becoming the organization’s 19th partner school, WGA and university leaders have announced.

The addition of the University of Chicago is part of a larger, ongoing expansion plan for the Evans Scholars Program, which awards full housing and tuition college scholarships to deserving caddies. Currently, 1,045 caddies nationwide are attending school as Evans Scholars, including two at University of Chicago this fall.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“The University of Chicago is delighted to partner with the Western Golf Association,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College, University of Chicago. “As an institution with a long-standing commitment to access, the University of Chicago has found that more students of intellectual promise seek higher education when we remove key barriers for applying to and attending college. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to enable more students of diverse backgrounds to achieve their academic and career aspirations through the Evans Scholars Foundation.”

“Even though we have faced some unique challenges this year, it has still been an exciting time of growth for the Evans Scholars Program,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “We are seeing record numbers of caddies apply for the Evans Scholarship, and we are very fortunate to be able to continue providing new opportunities for these young students to experience the life-changing gift of a college education.”

Part of the WGA’s overall organizational plans include identifying new universities to send award recipients, and the University of Chicago is a perfect fit, leaders say. University of Chicago is ranked No. 6 in the 2020 U.S. News and World report rankings of national universities, making it the top-ranking university in the Evans Scholars Program.

“The University of Chicago is a world-class university and a tremendous addition to the Evans Scholars Program,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “Our ties date back to the 1960s, when seven Evans Scholars Alumni graduated from the university. We are very excited to now build on that initial history and begin establishing a legacy.”


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Distinguished University of Chicago professor Gene Fama helped connect school officials with ESF Program leaders about the possibility of participating in the Evans Scholars Program.

Fama, 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences, is the Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business. He is a member of The Beverly Country Club and a generous supporter of the Evans Scholars Program. Several other major ESF supporters also are affiliated with the University of Chicago.

“I knew this would be a great fit for both the University of Chicago and the Evans Scholars Program,” Fama said. “Both have a long history of providing world-class educations to a diverse student population. Partnering with the University of Chicago gives the Evans Scholars Program an additional option for

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University of Chicago to study another COVID-19 vaccine, volunteers sought

University of Chicago researchers will study an experimental COVID-19 vaccine with a goal of enrolling 2,000 people.

The U. of C. effort is part of a 60,000-patient nationwide study of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, one of a number being pushed through testing at an accelerated pace with the help of the federal government.

The local researchers hope to enroll a mix of people representing different ages and races. They also want to include both healthy individuals and those with underlying health conditions who are at the greatest risk of complications from the coronavirus.

“We are looking for individuals from all walks of life to participate in this study,” said Dr. Habibul Ahsan, who will lead the research.

Dr. Ahsan said he’d like to aim for as much as 60 percent minority representation in the study. He also said obese individuals and people with high blood pressure or heart disease are examples of patients with other health issues that should be among those studied.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and from the Chicago area. Researchers will give some participants a single dose of vaccine while others will be given a solution with no treatment.

People interested in volunteering for the study, can register at https://www.ensemblestudy.com/#!/.

The trial is separate from a joint study the university is conducting with the University of Illinois at Chicago for another vaccine candidate made by the company Moderna.

Separately, UIC also is conducting human trials for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

State health officials on Monday said that total cases of the virus reached 423,502 and deaths totaled 9,810.

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University of Chicago Medicine looking for 2,000 participants for COVID-19 vaccine trial

University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.



Medical assistant Debbie Turrise assists patients driving thru with self administered COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.


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Medical assistant Debbie Turrise assists patients driving thru with self administered COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.

The trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single dose of a vaccine produced by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The trial began enrolling 60,000 adults across the world in September.

It’s one of a handful of potential vaccines now in advanced clinical trials in the U.S.

The international trial of the Janssen vaccine was temporarily paused in October after one participant developed an unexplained illness.

“Such pauses are not uncommon in vaccine trials, and late last week the FDA approved the resumption of the trial after an independent committee found the vaccine did not cause the illness,” University of Chicago Medicine leaders wrote in an email sent Monday to faculty, staff and students.

This is the second COVID-19 vaccine trial University of Chicago Medicine has offered. Since mid-September, the system has also been enrolling subjects in the Moderna COVE trial.

To participate in the Janssen trial and future research, people can join UChicago Medicine’s registry.

Other large hospital systems in Chicago are also participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is part of the Moderna trial, and Northwestern Medicine, which is part of a trial of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine.

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“Lovecraft Chicago” to continue the education around the HBO series

Before, during and after every episode of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” viewers experienced a type of horror not readily recognized.

What usually passes for horror is a man in a goalie mask murdering teenagers, or a demon-possessed child or a Texan wearing a mask made from human skin. Meanwhile, the horror story for every Black person in America historically involves police brutality and being murdered for simply existing — traumas vividly and sometimes supernaturally depicted on “Lovecraft Country.”

The Chicago History Museum plans to continue the conversation Saturday via Zoom with “Lovecraft Chicago: History, Horror & Afrofutures,” a panel discussion featuring local experts discussing the hit science fiction series.

”Lovecraft” viewers reveled in the show’s themes — horror, racism, science fiction, Afrofuturism — as they live-tweeted factoids briefly mentioned on the show: the 1953 Trumbull Park Race Riots, the connection between recurring character Bobo and the tragic death of Chicago teen Emmett Till (“Bobo” was Till’s nickname), the continued existence of sundown towns, and the cap worn by a cast member of the Chicago American Giants, a Negro Leagues team who played their home games at Comiskey Park, then the home of the White Sox.

“One thing that has kept me really thinking about new ways to engage people in Chicago stories and encourage curiosity about those stories is the ‘Lovecraft Country’ show,” said Erica Griffin, the museum’s public and community engagement manager. “It is so amazingly shot and cast, and the stories are outstanding. The show is a wonderful merger of the real horrors and real community and real hope that African American people were faced with and lived through in 1950 Chicago, coupled with the otherworldly horror.”

Diana (Jada Harris) wore a cap from the Negro League’s Chicago American Giants on “Lovecraft Country.”
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The four-panel event will feature Chicago’s role in the HBO series, along with detailing themes surrounding Black trauma, culture, geography, and Afrofuturism — a subgenre of science fiction highlighting Black culture and history.

“After mining through the collection and the archives, there were some really outstanding pieces that spoke to this story, and instantly, I’m like: ‘OK, we’ve got a program,’ ” said Griffin, who joined the museum in February ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We can merge the collection, the historians to speak to the history, and then bring in individuals to speak to this speculative art and Afrofuturism, and how the two came together on the show.”

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Cultural anthropologist Dr. Stanford W. Carpenter, the event’s moderator, enjoyed the diversity of the characters portrayed on the hit series, which stayed away from the usual tropes of showcasing Black people strictly as athletes and/or entertainers while coming to grips with the racism of the show’s namesake, H.P. Lovecraft, a legendary but controversial sci-fi/horror author.

“Horror stories have always been about boundaries; they’ve always been about cultural norms, right? People violate cultural norms, and the monsters come along with the things that go bump

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Chicago State University drum line performs in Vic Mensa’s new music video

When we last heard from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, he was standing virtual Lollapalooza 2020 on its head with the majestic “No More Teardrops,” a searing indictment of racist violence as well as a call to action. On Wednesday, Mensa set up camp in Bronzeville to record the video for “Teardrops,” accompanied by the Chicago State University Marching Soul of Chicago drum line.



Members of Zakharchuk video production, shoot a video of Chicago rapper Vic Mensa at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.


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Members of Zakharchuk video production, shoot a video of Chicago rapper Vic Mensa at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.



Members of Zakharchuk video production, shoot a video of Chicago rapper Vic Mensa at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.


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Members of Zakharchuk video production, shoot a video of Chicago rapper Vic Mensa at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.

Mensa’s performance will also be part of the “Vote With Us” virtual rally, that will run from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.votewith.us for more information on the event, which will also include appearances from the likes of Demi Lovato, Justine Bieber and Shaileen Woodley, as well as activists Emma Gonzales and David Hogg.



a person standing in front of a door: Chicago rapper Vic Mensa briefly stands for a portrait after shooting his new video at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.


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Chicago rapper Vic Mensa briefly stands for a portrait after shooting his new video at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.

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a man sitting on a table: Chicago rapper Vic Mensa briefly meditates, before shooting his new video at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020. Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune


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a man sitting in a room: Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, left, looks at his phone before shooting his new video with the participation of activist Alex King, right, and direction of Andrew Gould at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.


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Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, left, looks at his phone before shooting his new video with the participation of activist Alex King, right, and direction of Andrew Gould at The Forum, in the south side, Wednesday Oct., 21, 2020.

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More than 100 University of Chicago MBA students are in quarantine after COVID-19 outbreak

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is temporarily shifting to online classes and more than 100 of its students are under quarantine after a COVID-19 outbreak was connected to a large, off-campus gathering where some didn’t wear masks.



The University of Chicago Booth School of Business' campuses in Hyde Park, shown here, and downtown are closing temporarily because of a COVID-19 outbreak tied to a large group of MBA students.


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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ campuses in Hyde Park, shown here, and downtown are closing temporarily because of a COVID-19 outbreak tied to a large group of MBA students.

University of Chicago administrators shared the news in a schoolwide email Wednesday, saying Booth’s downtown and Hyde Park campuses will be closed for two weeks.

A copy of the email provided by the school said officials “learned that within the last week a large group of full-time MBA students congregated off-campus on Chicago’s North Side, many without wearing face coverings. Some individuals from that group have since tested positive for COVID-19.”

More than 100 MBA students were instructed to quarantine for 14 days, and all students involved in the event were told to get tested, the email said. Students who attended the event are cooperating with contact tracers, the email said.

A school spokesman did not comment on whether the students could face discipline. It’s not clear how many positive cases are linked to the gathering.

The university’s COVID-19 dashboard may not reflect the new cluster; the latest results available are through Oct. 9. As of that date, a total of 33 cases had been confirmed out of 12,932 tests since Sept. 20.

Classes for full-time MBA students began Sept. 21. Some were already offered in remote formats because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Continuing in-person activities on our campus depends critically on everyone following public health requirements to the greatest extent possible,” the email said. “It takes only one incident like this to put many others at risk.”

Courses outside the business school are not affected, the email said.

Other universities that pivoted to remote learning after early outbreaks had success driving cases down and have since restored in-person classes. Many of the large outbreaks at other campuses were connected to undergraduates parties, sometimes leading to expulsion or suspension of the participants.

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