SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, December 8 when the Sycamores (4-2) travel to Morehead State (4-5) inside Ellis T. Johnson Arena for a return contest of the 2011 Bracketbusters Series. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live for free online at OVCDigitalNetwork.com. 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. GoSycamores.com will have an audio only production of the radio broadcast as well.
THE MOREHEAD STATE SERIES
Indiana State trails the all-time series against Morehead State by a 3-2 margin, and have dropped each of their last three meeting against the Eagles. The Sycamores own a pair of home court victories over Morehead State (1946 & 1972), but fell to Morehead State on the road in 1972 & 1982. MSU won the last meeting in the series by a 71-65 count on February 19, 2011 inside Hulman Center in a contest that was part of the Bracketbusters Series.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 42-31 (Third Season)
- Overall: 42-31 (Third Season)
- vs. Morehead State: 0-1
- vs. MVC: 20-16
Morehead State: Sean Woods (Kentucky, ‘92)
- Overall: 54-85 (Fifth Season)
- at Morehead State: 4-5 (First Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
- Lucas Eitel is 15-of-24 from 3-point range this season (62.5 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, is also tied with Jay Tunnell for most consecutive treys made in succession (8) over multiple contests (at Ball State, vs. High Point).
- Indiana State is now 4-0 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 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.
- The Sycamores lead the Missouri Valley Conference and are 49th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing just 27.8 percent from long range this season. Additionally, Indiana State is averaging 11.3 turnovers per game, which is the 30th-fewest in the NCAA and third in the MVC.
- Manny Arop leads the team with two double-doubles, one of just 60 players in the NCAA to post more than one this season.
- The Sycamores are off to their sixth 4-2 start since 1996.
- Jake Odum scored 25 points against No. 23/25 New Mexico, which marked the eighth 20-point game of his career.
An Indiana State Win Over Morehead State Would ...
• Be The Sycamores' first victory over Morehead State in their last four tries, dating back to a 95-89 victory inside Hulman Center on January 4, 1972.
• Give the Sycamores two consecutive victories against the current membership of the Ohio Valley Conference (defeated Eastern Illinois 79-72 on November 11, 2011).
• Improve the Sycamores to 2-1 this season in true road contests.
• Give the Sycamores a perfect 2-0 record in Bracketbusters Series return games under head coach Greg Lansing (defeated Green Bay 57-56 on Nov. 21, 2011).
• Improve Indiana State to 8-8 all-time in games originated by the Bracketbusters Series (first and return games).
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 42-31 (.575) 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 24-8 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 0-1 all-time against Morehead State, and is 0-0 versus the Eagles on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-3 in overtime games and 30-1 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game will be Greg Lansing's 74th 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 OVC Digital Network will cover the game live online free of charge. Fans can find a link to the broadcast on GoSycamores.com or may navigate to OVCDigitalNetwork.com to watch the contest.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,389-1,198 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 Scores At Least 20 Points For The Eighth Time Of His Career With 25 Against New Mexico
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum led the team with 25 points as the Sycamores dropped an overtime decision to No. 23/25 New Mexico at home on December 1. Odum hit 9-of-16 shots from the field and was 7-of-12 from the free throw line against the Lobos. Odum added seven rebounds and four assists with a steal in 33 minutes of action. He scored the 25 points despite playing most of his minutes in the first half with two fouls. He spearheaded a Sycamore effort that erased a 19-point deficit over the final 18 minutes of regulation to force overtime. Odum's final basket of the game came with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation when he hit a tough lay-up to even the ledger at 64.
Manny Arop Records His Second Double-Double Of The Season Against Nationally-Ranked New Mexico
Indiana State junior guard Manny Arop posted a career-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds as he recorded his second double-double in the last three contests against No. 23/25 New Mexico. Arop hit 6-of-11 shots from the field, his second 3-pointer of the season and was 4-of-6 from the charity stripe in 35 minutes of action. Arop posted 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in the road victory over Ball State on November 20. Arop is one of 60 players nationally to have recorded more than one double-double this season in the NCAA.
Lucas Eitel In The School Record For 3-Point Shooting Performance And Still Leads The Nation
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). Against High Point, he earned his first career start and scored 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. Eitel made eight consecutive 3-pointers at Ball State and against High Point to tie Jay Tunnell's school record set in 2009. He is currently the nation's leading 3-point shooter through four weeks of action as he has connected on 15-of-24 attempts from long range (62.5 percent).
Sycamores Come From 19 Down Against New Mexico To Force Overtime; Do Not Commit A Turnover After Halftime
Indiana State found itself down 33-19 at the half against nationally-ranked New Mexico after hitting just 29.6 percent of their and committing 11 turnovers which allowed New Mexico to score 17 points. After the break, the Sycamores did not commit another turnover in either regulation or overtime and erased what ballooned into a 19-point deficit to force the extra period. ISU also hit 13-of-25 shots from the field (52 percent) and limited the high-powered Lobo offense to just 5-of-25 shooting (20 percent) in the second half.
Dawon Cummings Key In New Mexico Contest As Well!
Junior Dawon Cummings came off the bench to score 10 points against nationally-ranked New Mexico. Cummings hit 4-of-8 shots from the field, including one 3-pointer and a free throw. Cummings had a key steal in the first half which staked the Sycamores to an early 13-10 lead and then converted a conventional 3-point play during a second half comeback which got the Sycamores within two points of the Lobos.
Jake Odum In Top 10 At Indiana State For Steals, Moving Close In Assists
Indiana State junior Jake Odum has 130 career steals, which ranks him eighth all-time in the Sycamore basketball program, needing only three 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 326 career assists, which currently ranks 11th all-time and needs five 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 24-8 (.750) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 15 of their last 20 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 18 MVC games at home.
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.
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.
The Sycamores take a break for final exams but return to action on Saturday, December 15 when they travel to IUPUI for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) contest.