Western Kentucky vs. Illinois State odds: 2022 Cayman Islands Classic picks, predictions from proven model

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Illinois State Redbirds in the consolation round of the 2022 Cayman Islands Classic in George Town, Grand Cayman, on Tuesday morning. The Hilltoppers (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Monday, falling 72-53 to Akron. The Redbirds (2-3), meanwhile, dug a deep first-half hole in their first-round game against LSU and dropped a 77-61 decision. Illinois State has won three of the previous five meetings with Western Kentucky.

The game from John Gray Gymnasium in George Town, Grand Cayman, tips off at 11 am ET. WKU averages 80.2 points per game, while Illinois State averages 63.8. The Hilltoppers are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 135.5. Before making any Western Kentucky vs. Illinois State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past six years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of more than $1,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread.

Now, the model has set its sights on WKU vs. Illinois State and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Illinois State vs. WKU:

  • Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky spread: Western Kentucky -8.5
  • Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky over/under: 135.5 points
  • Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky money line: Western Kentucky -420, Illinois State +320
  • ISU: The Redbirds are 5-1 against the spread in their last six Tuesday games
  • WKU: The Hilltoppers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss
  • Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why Western Kentucky can cover

Senior guard Luke Frampton has reached double figures in two of four games this season, including a 21-point performance against Eastern Kentucky in the season opener. He also scored 20 points in a 127-61 win over Kentucky State on Nov. 12. For the season, Frampton is averaging 13 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In 100 career games at Davidson and Western Kentucky, he is averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Senior forward Jairus Hamilton has scored in double figures in three of four games this season, including one double-double. He scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Kentucky State. He will look to rebound from a two-point performance on Monday against Akron. In 29 games last season, he made 26 starts for the Hilltoppers, averaging 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

Why Illinois State can cover

Senior forward Kendall Lewis continues to lead the Redbirds offense. He averages 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He has two games of 20 or more points, including a season-high 24 points in a win at Northwestern State on Nov. 12. He has had a double-double in two games this season, and has started all 38 games he’s played at Illinois State. Prior to that, he played two seasons at Appalachian State. For his career, he is averaging 8.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Junior guard Darius Burford is also scoring in double digits. The Elon transfer averages 12 points, 2.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. He is connecting on 44.4% of his field goals and 88.9% of his free throws. He has reached double figures in three games this season, including 17 on Monday in the loss to LSU. He scored 20 points in a home loss to Northwestern State, dishing out five assists and grabbing four rebounds. In the win at Northwestern State, he scored 16 points and had four assists.

How to make Illinois State vs. Western Kentucky picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 143 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can see the picks here.

So who wins WKU vs. Illinois State? And which side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picksand find out.

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