Preview: WKU vs. Chicago State

The Toppers host the Cougars on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

After a big road win at Ole Miss last Saturday, Western Kentucky returns home to host Chicago State tomorrow night, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. CT.

Read our full preview below for details on the matchup.


Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network. Click HERE for network listings.

Vegas line: Unavailable.

Kenpom model: WKU is ranked No. 123 nationally on, while Chicago State is No. 337 overall. Kenpom’s system likes the Toppers by 18, giving them a 95 percent chance to win.

Opponent roster highlights: The Cougars go-to player is Clarke Rosenberg, a 6-foot-4 senior guard. Rosenberg is averaging 13.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting, and takes 31.6 percent of the Cougars shot attempts when he's in the game. Chicago State has a very small roster overall, and looks to play a lot of three, even four-guard lineups.

Looking at their team profile, the Cougars rank No. 348 overall nationally in offensive efficiency--so, only three Division 1 teams are worse. They rank 338th in the country in effective field goal percentage earned (40.6 percent,) and 343rd in turnover rate, committing a turnover on 26.4 percent of their possessions (more than 1 in every 4.) Conversely, they're allowing opponents to shoot at 59.7 percent effective field goal percentage, the 347th rate nationally. They have played a very difficult schedule to this point though, with four games against the Kenpom Top 100, and three more against teams ranked between No. 101 and No. 150.

Game Notes: WKU--LINK.

Stat of the match: WKU is 31-10 in Diddle Arena during Ray Harper's tenure as head coach.

Quote of the match: Harper on Chicago State: "Athletic. They're gonna press, trap. They play a lot of guys. They're a good basketball team, I mean they play in the WAC, they've played a very, very difficult schedule, played on the road a lot. They're gonna come in here and compete hard, they've been here since Sunday. It's gonna be a good test for us."

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