SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State opens year three of the Greg Lansing era on Friday, November 9 when the Sycamores travel to nationally-ranked UCLA for the first game to be played in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 11:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc (pbp), Marques Johnson (analyst), Laura McKeeman (reporter) and Kevin Frazier (host) on the call. The game will also be available on WIBQ 98.5 FM and along the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network with Brian Fritz (pbp) and Matt Renn (analyst) on the call. An audio only web stream will be available at GoSycamores.com.
THE UCLA SERIES
This is just the second meeting in the all-time series between Indiana State and UCLA with the Bruins holding a 1-0 advantage. UCLA, led by legendary head coach John Wooden, returned to the ISU Arena where his collegiate coaching career began on December 5, 1964 as UCLA earned a 112-76 victory over the Sycamores.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 38-29 (Second Season)
- Overall: 38-29 (Second Season)
- vs. UCLA: First Meeting
- vs. PAC 12: First Meeting
UCLA: Ben Howland (Weber State, ‘79)
- Overall: 376-196 (19th Season)
- at UCLA: 208-97 (10th Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
JOHN WOODEN CONNECTION
Legendary head coach John Wooden, was at the helm of Indiana State University's basketball team during the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons, where he posted a career record of 44-15 (.746) prior to his record breaking, 27-year run at UCLA. While at ISU, he assisted with the baseball team, taught classes and served as the athletic director while completing his master's degree in education in addition to his duties as head basketball coach. The court inside Hulman Center was named the Nellie & John Wooden Court on November 8, 2008 in honor of coach Wooden and his wife. Wooden is a member of the Indiana State Athletics Hall Of Fame, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame as well as the Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame. During his two seasons with the Sycamores, Wooden led ISU to a pair of Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Championships and two invitations to the NAIB National Tournament as well as an appearance in the 1948 National Championship Game.
An Indiana State Win Over UCLA Would ...
• Give the Sycamores their first-ever victory over the Bruins, in just the second all-time meeting.
• Give Indiana State four consecutive victories in season opening contests.
• Be Indiana State's first victory in a season opener on the road since December 1, 1970 when the Sycamores won at Purdue, 84-82, and break a string of 13 straight times that ISU has dropped its season opener on the road.
• Improve the Sycamores to 3-0 under head coach Greg Lansing in season opening contests.
• Improve the Sycamores to 2-4 against the current membership of the PAC-12 Conference, and its first since downing Oregon in 1946.
• Give the Sycamores a win over a nationally-ranked program for the first time since a December 17, 2011 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 38-29 (.567) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 20-16 all-time in MVC games, including a 13-5 mark at home and a 7-11 mark on the road. During his career, he is 21-7 in all home games, 10-17 on the road, 7-5 in neutral court contests and 12-5 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 0-0 all-time against UCLA, and is 0-0 versus the Bruins on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-2 in overtime games and 26-1 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Friday's game will be Greg Lansing's 68th as Indiana State head coach. Lansing is the second head coach to lead the Sycamores to the NCAA Tournament in their rookie campaign in the history of the program, with the other being Bill Hodges leading ISU to a 33-1 record and a Final Four appearance in the 1979 NCAA Tournament. Lansing was just the 14th rookie head coach in the history of the MVC to lead his team to 20 victories during their debut season.
The UCLA game is being broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net. Fans should tune into their local Fox Sports Net Regional Network to watch the game. For those on Time Warner Cable in Terre Haute, the game will be available on Channel 35 (Fox Sports Net Ohio) as well as Channel 254 (Fox College Sports Pacific). Time Warner will also carry an HD broadcast on Channel 798. Locally, the game will be shown on Directv on Channel 671 (Fox Sports Midwest), but that game can also be found on nearly all FSN Regional Sports Networks across the nation. On Dish Network, the game can be found locally on Fox Sports Midwest on Channel 418, but can also be found on most other Fox Sports Regional Networks across the nation. Nationally, fans should check their local TV listings to find the Fox Sports Regional in their area.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,385-1,196 all-time on the hardwood. Indiana State's game at Oral Roberts in 2010 was the historic 2,500th game in the history of the program.
Indiana State is 75-41 in season openers as they prepare to open up the 117th year of college basketball on Friday night at UCLA. The Sycamores won each of their last three lidlifters, two of which came at home and one on a neutral floor. The Sycamores have not won a season opener on the road since 1970 when they opened the season with a victory at Purdue. ISU has dropped each of last 13 season openers on the road.
Against The PAC-12 Conference
Indiana State is 1-4 all-time against the current membership of the PAC-12 Conference, and are facing off against the league for the first time since taking on Southern California on December 21, 2004 in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. ISU's lone victory against a PAC-12 member came in 1946 when they Sycamores downed Oregon. The Sycamores have also played Arizona State and Washington State in previous seasons. Indiana State is playing their first game in the state of California since Dec, 30, 1950 when they played two consecutive road games at San Diego State.
Sycamores In Postseason Play For Third Consecutive Season
With Indiana State's appearance in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the Sycamores have now made three consecutive trips to postseason play. ISU played in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational as well as the 2011 NCAA Tournament in addition to the CIT Tournament in 2012. The last time the Sycamores reached postseason play for three consecutive seasons came in 1977-79 when Indiana State played in the 1977 & 1978 NIT as well as the 1979 NCAA Tournament. The last time Indiana State hosted a postseason game came on March 10, 1978 when the Sycamores hosted Illinois State in the first round of the NIT.
Jake Odum Named To The Preseason All-Missouri Valley Team
Indiana State guard Jake Odum was one of five student-athletes named to the Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference Team on October 29. Odum finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4.9 assists per game average. That mark was ranked 61st nationally. Odum recorded a career-high 12 assists against Fairfield as part of the Old Spice Classic, a number which ranked tied for fourth all-time at ISU in a single game. Odum is third in the MVC in steals per game with a 1.8 average, which ranks 81st nationally. Additionally, Odum's 4.5 assists per game average of his career is fifth-best in the history of the program while his 119 steals are ranked ninth-best in the Sycamore record books, while his 1.8 steals per game average ranks third.
Sycamores Picked To Finish 7th In Missouri Valley Conference Race
The Indiana State Sycamores were picked to finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference race according to a poll of league head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. ISU finished eighth last season, with an 8-10 MVC record, just one game out of a large logjam for third place at 9-9.
Lots Of New Faces On The Roster
Indiana State lost four senior starters off of last season's 18-15 team which advanced to the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament as well as the CIT Postseason event. The Sycamores have eight new faces on the 2012-13 roster, including junior college transfer Mike Samuels who broke his foot during a Bahamas Exhibition Trip in August and is expected to miss the first portion of the regular season.
Indiana State Posts Three Exhibition Victories In The Bahamas In August
Indiana State took advantage of the NCAA rule allowing teams to participate in a foreign tour of exhibition contests once every four years when they travelled to Nassau, Bahamas from August 12-14 and defeated the Giants 95-76, the Real Deal Shockers 116-75 and the PJ Stingers 76-55. Manny Arop scored 17 points to lead ISU against the Giants, while Dawon Cummings had 18 to pace the Sycamores against the Real Deal Shockers. The Sycamores were led in the final exhibition game of the tour by Lucas Eitel who scored 15 points versus the PJ Stingers.
Jake Odum Posts Career-High 34 Points Against Illinois State
Jake Odum scored a team season-high 34 points against Illinois State on February 14, giving him six consecutive games of reaching double figures scoring and marked the sixth 20-point game of his career. Add in his seven assists and seven rebounds, Odum is the first player to go 34-7-7 in the NCAA this season. Odum is the first college basketball player to post 17 made free throws and seven assists in the same game since North Dakota State's Ben Woodside did it in 2008 against Stephen F. Austin. Odum's 34 points marked the first Sycamore with a 30-point game since Marico Stinson's 37 points in December of 2006 against Drake and is the fifth-highest single game performance in the MVC this year.
Indiana State Reaches 17 Regular Season Victories For Third Consecutive Season; First Time Since Larry Bird Era
With its 59-46 victory over Missouri State on February 22, the Sycamores have now posted at least 17 regular season victories for the third consecutive season, which is the first time three Indiana State teams have reached that mark in succession since the 1976-77, 1977-78 & 1978-79 seasons. The Sycamores won 25 in 76-77, 19 in 77-78 and 26 in 78-79.
Sycamores Set Three NCAA Records For 3-Point Shooting Against Southern Illinois
Indiana State set a trio of NCAA records as part of its 78-68 home court victory on February 11 against Southern Illinois. The Sycamores were a perfect 12-of-12 from 3-point range, which is the most 3-point makes and attempts in a single-game without missing a shot ever amongst all levels of NCAA competition. The best previous NCAA Division I perfect game from 3-point range belonged to Minnesota who was 9-of-9 in 2009. Additionally, the Sycamores 12-of-12 mark from behind the arch is the best percentage for a team with at least 10 attempts, besting Ohio State's 14-of-15 mark on March 6, 2011 and the 12 made 3-pointers in a row is the most consecutive 3-pointers made in a single-game by one team since 1987. ISU's 64.1 percent shooting mark (25-of-39) is its best overall shooting percentage in a game since 1992.
Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State was 12-5 last season when the Sycamores' starting five outscored the opponents' starting five. ISU's starters outscored the opponent's twice against Louisiana-Monroe and against Green Bay plus Texas Tech, Fairfield, Maryville, Evansville, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois (twice), Illinois State and Missouri State this season and won. ISU starters outscored Minnesota, Boise State, Missouri State , Wichita State and at Bradley, but fell to each. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 24-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 66-51 vs. Southern Illinois on March 1 was ISU's 11th last season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU finished the 2011-12 campaign with an 11-1 mark when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 26-1 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 12-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 21-7 (.750) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 12 of their last 16 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 18 MVC games at home.
Sycamores Down Nationally-Ranked Vanderbilt On The Road
Indiana State's win over No. 25 Vanderbilt was its first over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 72-64 home court victory over No. 14 Butler on December 9, 2006. The win over Vanderbilt was the first for the Sycamores over a nationally-ranked road opponent since a 63-60 win over No. 15 Indiana in Assembly Hall on December 12, 1999. The win over Vanderbilt was also the first by a Sycamore team over a member of the Southeastern Conference since a 1984 home court victory over the Commodores.
Triple-Double For Odum And Tournament Record To Boot
Jake Odum battled a foot injury while playing three games in four days at the 2011 Old Spice Classic. After two solid performances in the first two days of the event, Odum saved his best for last as he posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Fairfield on November 27. That triple-double was the first by a Sycamore since Larry Bird posted one in 1979 versus Drake and the first by a member of the MVC in 14 seasons. Additionally, the 12 assists are an Old Spice Classic single-game record. His 12 assists is the first double digit assist total in his career and the first by a Sycamore since Michael Menser had 11 against Wichita State in 2001.
The Sycamores open a two-game homestand on Tuesday, November 13 when they host Winthrop at 7:05 p.m. (ET).