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:

Panthers
-26

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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NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec 3. predictions from proven model

The UMass Lowell River Hawks will take on the NC State Wolfpack at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The River Hawks are 1-2 while NC State is 2-0. The programs have never played before but both are exceeding the expectations of oddsmakers early in the 2020-21 college basketball season.

The River Hawks have covered in two of three games so far and NC State has covered comfortably as sizable favorites in each of its first two games. The Wolfpack are favored by 17 points in the latest NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds from William Hill Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 152. Before entering any UMass Lowell vs. NC State picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I 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 NC State vs. UMass Lowell. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for UMass Lowell vs. NC State:

  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell spread: NC State -17
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell over-under: 152 points
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell money line: NC State -2400, UMass Lowell +1100

What you need to know about NC State

NC State played well at home against the North Florida Ospreys last Friday as the team secured an 86-51 win. NC State got double-digit scoring from four players: F Jericole Hellems (17), G Cam Hayes (13), F D.J. Funderburk (11), and F Manny Bates (10).

Funderburk averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a season ago. He and Bates will be a particularly difficult matchup for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell doesn’t have anybody on the roster who measures taller than 6-foot-8 and Funderburk is 6-foot-10, while Bates is 6-foot-11. 

What you need to know about UMass Lowell

Meanwhile, UMass Lowell came up short against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, falling 74-64. Guard Obadiah Noel had a tough game, finishing with 15 points on 5-for-21 shooting and turning the ball over four times in his 40 minutes on the court. However, Noel has still averaged 24.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and poured in 35 on just 19 shot attempts in a hard-fought loss to Illinois State last week.

How to make NC State vs. UMass Lowell picks

The model has simulated NC State vs. UMass Lowell 10,000 times and the results are in. It model is leaning over on the total and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only

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Oregon vs. Missouri odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 2 predictions from proven computer model

Two of college basketball’s top teams square off on Wednesday when the No. 21 Oregon Ducks face the Missouri Tigers at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. The Ducks are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 neutral-site games. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.

Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET. The Ducks are four-point favorites in the latest Oregon vs. Missouri odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 138.5. Before making any Missouri vs. Oregon picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every 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 Oregon vs. Missouri on Wednesday. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Missouri vs. Oregon:

  • Oregon vs. Missouri spread: Oregon -4
  • Oregon vs. Missouri over-under: 138.5 points
  • Oregon vs. Missouri money line: Oregon -190, Missouri +160
  • ORE: The Ducks are 0-5 all time against Missouri.
  • MIZZ: The last time the Tigers played in Omaha, No. 15 seed Norfolk State upset them in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

What you need to know about Oregon

The Ducks pulled out of the Mohegan Sun multi-team event last week because they didn’t know who they would be playing there due to COVID-19 protocols, though Missouri was scheduled to be an opponent before also withdrawing from the event. Oregon hasn’t played a game after its season opener against Eastern Washington was postponed because of COVID-19 considerations within the EWU program.

Despite not playing a game in 2020, Oregon will enter Wednesday’s contest confident it can pull off the victory. That’s because the Ducks have been sensational against teams from the SEC. In fact, Oregon is 6-1 in its last seven games against a SEC opponent.

What you need to know about Missouri

The Tigers walloped Oral Roberts 91-64 on Nov. 25. Mark Smith scored 18 points, Xavier Pinson added 17 and Dru Smith chipped in 16 as Missouri shot 53 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers. The win improved coach Counzo Martin to 4-0 in season openers since taking the helm.

The deeper Missouri bench dropped 27 points to 12 for Oral Roberts. The Tigers also enjoyed a 46-24 advantage on points in the paint.  

How to make Oregon vs. Missouri picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with eight different players scoring double-digits in the simulations. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can

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College hoops back at MSG with Villanova-Virginia on Dec. 19

Villanova's Eric Dixon, left, shoots over Hartford's Hunter Marks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn.

Villanova’s Eric Dixon, left, shoots over Hartford’s Hunter Marks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn.

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College basketball is coming back to Madison Square Garden this month.

In a matchup between the past two NCAA champions, Villanova and Virginia are scheduled to square off Dec. 19 in the heart of New York City, the arena announced Tuesday.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, no fans will be allowed to attend the Holiday Hoops Classic — the first college game at The Garden since the Big East Tournament was stopped at halftime of a March 12 quarterfinal between St. John’s and Creighton. Not long after that, the rest of the 2019-20 season was scuttled and the NCAA Tournament was canceled, wiping out an East Regional and the annual NIT championship slated for “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

MSG normally hosts a string of early season events featuring top programs from around the country, but all the restrictions and uncertainty created by COVID-19 this year has left many teams scrambling for available venues and opponents as they schedule on the fly.

Virginia and Villanova plan to meet in midtown Manhattan six days before Christmas, keeping a date with each other that had been booked for the Big Apple long ago.

Villanova, ranked No. 12 in this week’s AP Top 25, improved to 3-1 with an 87-53 victory over Hartford on Tuesday in Uncasville, Conn. Coached by Jay Wright, the Wildcats won the national championship in 2016 and 2018.

No. 15 Virginia is 2-1 following a 76-51 win in its home opener Tuesday against Saint Francis (Pa.). Tony Bennett guided the Cavaliers to the 2019 national title.

The nonconference game will be broadcast on national television by FOX at 8 p.m. EST.

Virginia holds a 5-3 lead over Villanova in a series that dates to 1981. The schools haven’t played since January 2017.

“Madison Square Garden is excited to host these two storied college basketball programs for the first college basketball game at The Garden since March,” Joel Fisher, the arena’s executive vice president for marquee events and operations, said in a release.

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A total solar eclipse will occur in Chile and Argentina on Dec. 14

In an unusual coincidence, Chile and Argentina will both find themselves in the path of totality for the second time in 531 days, with the Dec. 14 event stretching just 600 miles south of its predecessor. This time, however, the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic is likely to complicate or altogether prevent viewing of the spectacle by eclipse aficionados, with thousands canceling their plans to journey south amid surges of the virus in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, with travel restrictions in place.

For those who can make it, however, this year’s show promises to be spectacular — weather permitting. The path of totality spans from south-central Chile east-southeast through the arid plains of Argentina, crossing through a diverse landscape that features active volcanoes, the Andes Mountains and the Patagonian Desert.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow within which daylight on Earth is momentarily extinguished.

The path of totality

The eclipse will begin over the south-central Pacific Ocean about 90 minutes before reaching the shores of South America, where totality will commence on Mocha Island a minute before 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14. The shadow, only 56 miles wide, will sweep rapidly east-southeast.

Temuco, a city of 220,000, is the first major city in line for totality, but only the south side of town will enjoy the show. Areas north of Cerro Neilol, a hill in the northern half of the city that offers panoramic views of the skyline, will witness only a partial solar eclipse. Areas less than three miles to the south will experience about a minute of totality.

Then comes Villarica, home to about 45,000. The popular lakeside resort town lies directly on the centerline of totality, and should have about two minutes and nine seconds of peak eclipse viewing. Modest Airbnbs are running at between $200 and $500 a night now as astrotourists prepare to congregate there and in neighboring Pucón.

Chile has instituted a “Paso a Paso,” or “step-by-step” program, which categorizes coronavirus travel and commerce restrictions in varying municipalities on a 1-5 scale. Level 3 demarcates “preparation,” which entails nightly quarantines from midnight to 5 a.m., inter-communal travel, and the allowing of social gatherings of up to 25 indoors or 50 outside.

The eclipse will bring about a sudden nightfall atop three volcanoes along the Chilean-Argentine border, including the Villarica volcano, where the Villarica National Park is selling tickets to campers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thereafter, the shadow slides into Argentina, where weather prospects are better, but international admission largely impossible. Only small communities dot the path of totality before the shadow exits offshore into the Gulf of Saint Matias and eventually the open Atlantic.

Those within the path of totality can expect a deep twilight to set in within a matter of just 30 seconds or a minute, transforming the early afternoon into a dusky scene with pastel hues of orange about the horizon and azure overhead. More spectacular

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University of Hartford men’s basketball unveils America East schedule; will play 18 league games, starting Dec. 19

The University of Hartford will play 18 conference games in the America East this winter starting Dec. 19 at home against Maine, the school announced on Monday.



a person standing in front of a crowd: University of Hartford Hawks head coach John Gallagher talks to a referee during the second half.


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University of Hartford Hawks head coach John Gallagher talks to a referee during the second half.

The Hawks’ league slate will pit them against nine conference foes. Each school will play each other in back-to-back games at the same location, with Hartford hosting Maine on Dec. 19-20.

The start time for each game has yet to be decided. The full league schedule is as follows:

Home vs. Maine, Dec. 19-20

At New Hampshire, Dec. 27-28

Home vs. Binghamton, Jan. 2-3

At UMass Lowell, Jan. 8-10

At University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Jan. 16-17

Home vs. Vermont, Jan. 23-24

Home vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jan. 30-32

At Stony Brook, Feb. 18-19

Home vs. Albany, Feb. 27-28

Hartford, which finished with an 18-15 record, advanced to the America East championship game last spring, before it was canceled due to COVID-19. Information regarding the 2021 America East tournament will be released at a later time.

All Hartford home and league games will be aired on ESPN3 or ESPN-Plus.

Shawn McFarland can be reached at [email protected]

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Major college football bowl season set to kickoff Dec. 19

The bowl season will start Dec. 19, the day most of the major college football conferences are set to play their championship games, and includes 37 games.

College football’s postseason schedule was finally set Friday. Several bowls, including the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Hawaii Bowl, have already called off their games for this season because of issues related to the pandemic.

But there will still be opportunities for 72 teams to go bowling in the 36 games that lead up to the College Football Playoff national championship on Jan. 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The CFP semifinals will be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Peach Bowl in Atlanta will also be played earlier on New Year’s Day.

The Cotton Bowl will be the first New Year’s Six game played on Dec. 30. The Orange and Fiesta bowls will be played on Jan. 2.

Because of the delayed start to the regular-season in college football, and schedules altered to deal with COVID-19 disruptions, championship weekend is now on what would have been the first Saturday of bowls.

The day before the playoff field is set on Dec. 20 — when conferences such as the Big Ten and SEC are crowning their champions — the Frisco Bowl is set to be played in Texas.

Two new bowl games debut this season: the Montgomery Bowl in Alabama on Dec. 23 and the L.A. Bowl in Los Angeles on Dec. 30.

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High school sports in Maryland could resume by Dec. 7, board of education votes

After Maryland’s state athletic association last month permitted high school sports to begin in October, only three small counties went ahead with plans to do so. Others remained committed to beginning in February, with condensed fall, winter and spring seasons in the second academic semester.



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High school basketball at Maryland schools such as Wise could begin as early as December.

However, the Maryland State Board of Education voted Monday to move the start date to Dec. 7, and that’s when winter sports practice will begin under the new plan. Winter competitions will occur between Jan. 4 and Feb. 13.

The vote pushes up the start date nearly two months, though with the coronavirus still a threat, nothing is definitive. Case numbers nationally have risen throughout October, and in Maryland the seven-day average as of Monday was 670 new cases per day.

If all goes to plan, the traditional fall sports season will compete between March 5 and April 7, followed by a spring sports season between May 7 and June 19. The revised agenda grants an extra week of competitions for each condensed season.

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The only Maryland counties planning to commence competitions Tuesday are Allegany, Garrett and Washington. Last month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon ruled high school sports could resume in October, but most counties opted out of that date due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak and the optics of playing sports while classes are still being conducted virtually. Hogan and Salmon’s announcement overruled the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s original decision from August to wait until at least January to launch high school sports.

Some counties, including Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s, are holding in-person conditioning but weren’t planning to partake in competitions until February before Monday’s announcement. The MPSSAA says counties are required to participate within the state’s defined sports seasons and teams must practice at least 20 days before competition. That means if a county doesn’t allow practices in December, those teams will miss the start of the winter sports season. Montgomery, Maryland’s largest county, and others released statements saying they will review the plan announced Monday.

A flag football league provides Maryland high school players their competitive fix

The Maryland Department of Health requires face coverings at indoor athletic events. When outdoors, it requires face coverings when unable to maintain at least six feet of distance from others. The MPSSAA says schools may limit the number of spectators allowed to attend games and recommends teams avoid using locker rooms.

D.C. and Virginia are on track for similar starts as Maryland. Practices for D.C. schools can begin Dec. 14, with competitions starting Jan 4. Virginia schools can practice Dec. 7 and play games Dec. 28.

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