The Chicago State Cougars have not won a conference game since March 3, 2018. In the final game of the regular season Deionte Simmons led five Cougars in double figures in a 96-82 win over Kansas City.
That is an impressive streak to break. And after an 0-2 start to WAC play in 2022, the Cougars are still looking for that elusive conference win. It could possibly come this week. The Cougars host Seattle on Thursday night at the Jones Convocation Center. Seattle has been off for nearly two weeks due to COVID issues. So, with the long travel, and perhaps overlooking the Cougars, Thursday might be the night.
Jahsean Corbett and Brandon Betson lead the team in scoring. Coreyoun Rushin has played multiple positions despite the lack of size. And the Cougars need to get healthy and get Bryce Johnson back on the floor. It would give Chicago State a third scorer to take the pressure off Corbett and Betson. If Ali Abdou Dibba can replicate his performance against GCU consistently, it would also give the Cougars another scorer.
Either way, this Chicago State team is playing with some confidence. Add in the energy coming from head coach Gerald Gillion and there is a belief that the Cougars will win some games in their final season in the WAC.