SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, December 1 when the Sycamores (4-1) host No. 23/25 New Mexico (7-0) inside Hulman Center as part of the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Conference Challenge. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live locally on WTWO-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp) and Jim Waugh (color) on the call. 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. There will also be a video webcast available on Sycamore Vision on a pay-per-view basis as well as a free audio broadcast online at GoSycamores.com. Details on how to access the Sycamore Vision broadcast can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE NEW MEXICO SERIES
Indiana State is taking on New Mexico for the first time in the history of the two programs. This game is part of the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Conference Challenge Series, in which the Sycamores are 1-2 all-time. ISU defeated Colorado State at home in 2009, lost at Wyoming and 2010 and fell to Boise State on the road in 2011.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 42-30 (Third Season)
- Overall: 42-30 (Third Season)
- vs. New Mexico: First Meeting
- vs. MVC: 20-16
New Mexico: Steve Alford (Indiana, ‘87)
- Overall: 441-229 (22nd Season)
- at New Mexico: 133-46 (Sixth Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 7-2
BOB KING CONNECTION
New Mexico was led from 1962-1972 by head coach Bob King and the Lobo's home court is named in his honor. King was also the head coach at Indiana State from 1975 to 1978 and was the head coach who recruited Larry Bird into the Sycamore basketball program. King was forced to step down prior to the 1978-79 campaign, which ended with the Sycamores playing Michigan State in the NCAA Championship Game, due to health concerns. King was the Director of Athletics at Indiana State from 1974-80.
THE STEVE ALFORD AND GREG LANSING CONNECTION
New Mexico head coach Steve Alford was at the helm of the Missouri State basketball program from 1995-96 until 1998-99, where he owned a 78-48 record, including a 7-2 mark against Indiana State. Alford was the head coach of Iowa from 1999-00 until 2006-07 and Greg Lansing was an assistant under Alford with the Hawkeyes from 1999-2006. While Saturday's game will be the first between the two as head coaches, Lansing was on the Indiana State staff during each of Alford's four years at Missouri State and they faced each other nine times in Missouri Valley Conference play.
- Lucas Eitel is 14-of-19 from 3-point range this season (73.7 percent), which leads not only the Missouri Valley Conference, but also the nation. Eitel set a school record with his 7-of-7 performance from 3-point range on November 25 against High Point. He tied a school record by hitting seven consecutive triples, and enters the New Mexico contest tied with Jay Tunnell for most consecutive treys made in succession (8) over multiple contests.
- Indiana State is now 4-0 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and improved to 30-1 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 New Mexico Would ...
• Give the Sycamores a 5-1 start out of the gate for the second consecutive season.
• Even the Sycamores' record in the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge at 2-2, including a mark of 2-0 in games played at home.
• Improve the Sycamores to 25-7 under head coach Greg Lansing inside Hulman Center.
• Be the Sycamores' first victory over a nationally-ranked program since downing No. 25 Vanderbilt in Nashville on December 17, 2011 and the first at home since beating No. 14 Butler in December of 2006.
• Snap a three-game losing skid to nationally ranked opponents.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 42-30 (.583) 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 record on the road. During his career, he is 24-7 in all home games, 11-18 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 New Mexico, and is 0-0 versus the Lobos inside Hulman Center. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-2 in overtime games and 30-1 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game will be Greg Lansing's 73rd 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.
Indiana State's game against New Mexico will be televised locally on WTWO-TV throughout the Wabash Valley. The contest will also be shown live on Sycamore Vision, which is a pay-per-view web stream service provided by GoSycamores.com. Fans should navigate their web browsers to GoSycamores.com and click on the live events page for complete subscription options.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,389-1,197 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.
Lucas Eitel Named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Week
Indiana State junior guard Lucas Eitel was named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Week following his career-high 25-point performance against High Point. Eitel hit 11-of-12 shots from the field, including 9-of-10 from three-point range, as the Sycamores won on the road at Ball State (68-48 on November 20) and at home versus High Point (76-62 on November 25). Eitel, who has a 3.62 cumulative grade-point average in education, averaged 15.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Against High Point, he earned his first career start and scored a career-best 25 points on the strength of 9-of-9 shooting, including an Indiana State record of 7-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. He is currently the nation's leading 3-point shooter through three weeks of action as he has connected on 14-of-19 attempts from long range (73.7 percent).
Sycamores In The Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge
The Sycamores will look to even their record in the MVC/Mountain West Challenge Series when they host New Mexico on Saturday, December 1. ISU won in 2009 at home against Colorado State, but lost on the road to Wyoming in 2010 and again in 2011 at Boise State to drop to 1-2. The two conferences split their eight contests in the challenge last season.
Sycamore Against Nationally-Ranked Programs
Indiana State last downed a nationally-ranked program when they won at No. 25 Vanderbilt last season on December 17, 2011. The Sycamores have since fallen to each of the last three nationally-ranked programs they have faced at No. 18 Creighton on January 21, 2012, vs. No. 14 Wichita State in the MVC Tournament on March 2, 2012 and at No. 13 UCLA on November 9, 2012. The last time the Sycamores downed a nationally-ranked opponent inside Hulman Center came in December of 2006 when they beat No. 14 Butler, which is also the last time a non-conference Top 25 team visited Indiana State. The last time the Sycamores hosted any nationally-ranked team came on January 24, 2010 when ISU fell to No. 20 Northern Iowa 67-58.
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 322 career assists, which currently ranks 11th all-time and needs nine more to catch Greg Thomas (331 from 1989-93) to move into the Top 10.
Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State improved to 4-0 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their opponents with the 76-62 victory over High Point. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 28-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 76-62 vs. High Point on November 20 was ISU's fourth this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is currently 4-0 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 30-1 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 13-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 24-7 (.774) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 15 of their last 19 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 18 MVC games at home.
Jake Odum First 20 Point Scorer Of The Season
Jake Odum led the team and was one of three double digit scorers for the Sycamores as they earned a 68-48 road victory over Ball State on November 20. Odum became the first Sycamore to reach 20 points this season as he tallied 21 points (hitting 7-of-13 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer and was 6-of-8 from the free throw line) against the Cardinals. Manny Arop posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while RJ Mahurin reached double figures scoring for the third time this season with 13 points as he hit a trio of 3-pointers at Ball State.
Sycamores Win At Ball State For The First Time Since 1986
Indiana State won 68-48 at Ball State on November 20 to end an 11-game road losing skid to the Cardinals. It was their first victory in Muncie since 1986 and their first at Worthen Arena (which opened in 1991) in nine tries. The Sycamores earned their largest margin of victory over Ball State since 1977 and their largest road win against the Cardinals since 1919.
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 and following the victory over High Point on November 25 are a perfect 6-0 in November home games in the last three seasons.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 2012, 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 Saturday, December 8 when the Sycamores travel to Morehead State in a return game from the 2011 Bracketbusters Series. The game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. (ET).