SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Tuesday, November 20 when the Sycamores (2-1) travel to Ball State (2-0) inside Worthen Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast statewide on Comcast Indiana 81 and tape delayed on Fox College Sports. The game can also be heard on the radio via WIBQ 98.5 FM and along the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network with Brian Fritz (pbp) and Matt Renn (analyst) on the call. For those that don't receive the Ball State Sports Link telecast on Comcast Indiana 81, there will be a free web cast available on BallStateSports.com. An audio only web stream will also be available at GoSycamores.com.
THE BALL STATE SERIES
Indiana State and Ball State will be meeting for the 127th time on the hardwood on Tuesday night, as the Cardinals are one of just programs to have faced the Sycamores more than 100 times. ISU owns a 69-57 lead in the series over Ball State, but the Cardinals lead 39-21 in Muncie. The Sycamores will be looking for their first-ever victory at Worthen Arena and to snap an 11-game skid on the road versus the Cardinals (last win at Ball State came on Dec. 3, 1986).
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 40-30 (Third Season)
- Overall: 40-30 (Third Season)
- vs. Ball State: 1-1
- vs. MVC: 20-16
Truman State: Billy Taylor (Notre Dame, ‘95)
- Overall: 152-153 (11th Season)
- at Ball State: 71-74 (Sixth Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 2-2
- Over the most recent two-game homestand, the Sycamores had three different players reach double figures scoring, led by a 16.0 ppg average from Jake Odum. Justin Gant tallied 11.5 ppg and RJ Mahurin added 11.0 ppg off the bench. Defensively, the Sycamores limited the opposition to an average of 56.0 ppg, holding Winthrop to 55 points and Truman State to 57.
- Indiana State is now 2-0 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and improved to 28-1 when doing so under third-year head coach Greg Lansing.
- Indiana State has earned 38 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 12-5 in close games.
An Indiana State Win Over Ball State Would ...
• Give the Sycamores at least a 3-1 start out of the gate for the third time in the last four years.
• Snap an 11-game losing streak to Ball State on the road, dating back to 1986.
• Give the Sycamores two wins in the last three meetings against the Cardinals.
• Be the Sycamores' 70th all-time time victory over Ball State, the third most wins ISU owns against any one opponent in the history of the program (behind 88 vs. Eastern Illinois and 82 vs. Evansville).
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 40-30 (.571) 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 23-7 in all home games, 10-18 on the road, 7-5 in neutral court contests and 12-5 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 1-1 all-time against Ball State, and is 0-1 versus the Cardinals inside Worthen Arena. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-2 in overtime games and 28-1 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Tuesday's game will be Greg Lansing's 71st 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.
Ball State Sports Link will broadcast the game live on Comcast Indiana 81 throughout the state of Indiana. The game will also be broadcast on tape delay on Fox College Sports. A free web stream of the game will be shown live on BallStateSports.com.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,387-1,197 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.
Jake Odum Averages 16.0 ppg Over Two Game Homestand
Indiana State was led in scoring by Jake Odum in both of the home games last week against Winthrop and Truman State. He averaged 16.0 ppg, while hitting 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the field, including one 3-pointer while making 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) attempts from the charity stripe. He added 2.5 rebounds per game with eight assists and four steals. Odum scored 15 points with five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 29 minutes of action against Winthrop and then added a season-best 17 points on the strength of a 5-of-6 showing from the field and a 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes of action against Truman State.
Sycamores Improve To 3-0 In Home Openers Under Greg Lansing; Perfect At Home In November
With the 66-55 home court victory over Winthrop on Tuesday, November 13, Indiana State improved to 3-0 in home opening games under third-year head coach Greg Lansing as well as a perfect 5-0 in November home games in the last three seasons.
Sycamores Shoot Over 50 Percent Against Winthrop With Four Players In Double Figures Scoring
Indiana State hit 12-of-19 shots (63.2 percent) and finished the Winthrop game with a 21-of-37 mark from the field (56.8 percent) as they handed the Eagles their first loss of the season on November 13 at Hulman Center. Jake Odum was one of four players to reach double figures scoring as he posted 15 points on the strength of a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line. Justin Gant reached double figures for the second consecutive game with his 14 point showing while Dawon Cummings hit a pair of crucial second half 3-pointers to score 11 and RJ Mahurin came off the bench to score 10. The Sycamores owned a 26-18 edge in points scored in the paint while ISU converted 12 Winthrop turnovers into 17 points.
Gant Scores 11 Points, Pulls Down A Career High Eight Rebounds At No. 13 UCLA
Indiana State sophomore Justin Gant tied for the team lead with 11 points and paced the squad with a career-high eight rebounds as the Sycamores opened New Pauley Pavilion at No. 13 UCLA on the opening night of college basketball season. Gant went 4-of-11 from the field, and hit a 3-pointer while adding two free throws in 25 minutes of action while earning the start. Gant drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 17:11 left in the first half to score the first-ever points in New Pauley Pavilion. He posted seven points and seven rebounds in the first half alone. Gant currently ranks tied for sixth in the MVC in rebounds per game.
Sycamores Help UCLA Open New Pauley Pavilion While Gant Scores First Points In Building
It was a historic night for the Indiana State basketball program on November 9 as the Sycamores were the road team in the opening of New Pauley Pavilion against No. 13 UCLA. Legendary head coach John Wooden spent the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons as the head basketball coach at Indiana State before his 27-year run at the helm of the Bruin program. While both of coach Wooden's teams battled it out on the hardwood at New Pauley Pavilion, Sycamore sophomore Justin Gant scored the first points in the new building with a 3-pointer at the 17:11 mark of the first half.
Defense Forces Turnovers And Converts Them To Points At UCLA
The Indiana State defense forced a total of 16 UCLA turnovers in the season opener against the Bruins, netting the Sycamores a total of 24 points off turnovers. The Sycamores recorded 10 steals in the contest, paced by four from Jake Odum as well as three more from RJ Mahurin. Odum and Mahurin currently rank 1-2 in the MVC in steals per game average after the opening weekend of play.
Six Make Sycamore Debut At UCLA
The Sycamores game against UCLA marked the debut of six new Indiana State players on the roster for the 2012-13 campaign. Indiana State is returning just one starter from last season in junior guard Jake Odum. Freshman Khristian Smith led the newcomers with 11 points off the bench while starting forward Manny Arop tallied 10 points. Two Sycamores, Arop and Dawon Cummings made their Sycamore debuts in the starting lineup against UCLA while Devonte Brown, Rhett Smith, Brandon Burnett and Smith came off the bench in their first games in the Blue & White.
Jake Odum In Top 10 At Indiana State For Steals, Moving Close In Assists
Indiana State junior Jake Odum has 129 career steals, which ranks him eighth all-time in the Sycamore basketball program, needing only four more to reach seventh place, currently held by David Moss (133 from 2002-06). The Sycamore career record is shared by Nate Green and Larry Bird with 240. Odum currently has 310 career assists, which currently ranks 12th all-time and needs 21 more to catch Greg Thomas (331 from 1989-93) to move into the Top 10.
Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State improved to 2-0 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their opponents with the 70-57 victory over Truman State. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 26-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 70-57 vs. Truman State on November 17 was ISU's second this 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 28-1 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 23-7 (.767) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 14 of their last 18 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 18 MVC games at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indiana State returns to action on Sunday, November 25 when the Sycamores return home to face off against High Point, of the Big South Conference. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET).