SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, January 12 when the Sycamores (10-5, 3-1 MVC) hit the road for the third time in their first five league contests to take on Southern Illinois (7-8, 0-4 MVC) inside SIU Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast locally on WTWO-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp) and Jim Waugh (analyst) 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. GoSycamores.com will have an audio only production of the radio broadcast as well.
THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SERIES
In a series which began in 1916, Southern Illinois holds a 77-43 lead in the all-time series against Indiana State. The Sycamores have won five of the last six meetings in the series, including the each of the last two. Southern Illinois leads the series in Carbondale by a 47-11 margin with the Sycamores last victory on the road over the Salukis coming on February 16, 2011 in the form of a 77-72 victory.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 48-34 (Third Season)
- Overall: 48-34 (Third Season)
- vs. Southern Illinois: 4-1
- vs. MVC: 23-17
Southern Illinois: Barry Hinson (Oklahoma State, 1983)
- Overall: 212-148 (12th Season)
- at Southern Illinois: 7-8 (First Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 15-3
- Indiana State is 8-1 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 34-2 when doing so under third-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 14-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less).
- Indiana State has earned 42 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 16-5 in close games.
- Both Jake Odum and Justin Gant have reached double figures scoring in each of the last four games.
- Jake Odum now has 361 career assists which ranks him ninth on the Indiana State Career List. He is one of eight Sycamores to be in ISU Top 10 for both assists and steals in a career.
- Jake Odum is nationally-ranked in five different statistical categories (194th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56), 113th in assists per game (4.4), 242nd in free throw percentage (76.8), 178th in steals per game (1.71) and 247th in points per game (14.6).
- Indiana State is 7-1 this season when hitting at least 36.4 percent of their 3-pointers.
- The Sycamores have recorded more free throws than their opponents in each of the past four games.
- Jake Odum tied a career-high with five steals against Northern Iowa on January 2.
- ISU set a NCAA record by hitting a perfect 12-of-12 from 3-point range on Feb. 12, 2012 at home against Southern Illinois.
- Indiana State has made more free throws in MVC play (80) than all league teams have attempted except Missouri State (83) through four games of conference action.
An Indiana State Win Over Southern Illinois Would ...
• Give the Sycamores two wins at SIU in their last three tries and just the 12th all-time. It would also give ISU a 7-3 record in its last 10 meetings against the Salukis.
• Give the Sycamores a 4-1 start to MVC play, which would be its best since the 2010-11 season when they also started 4-1.
• Be the first time in 10 tries that Indiana State has defeated a Barry Hinson coached team on the road (0-9 vs. Hinson's Missouri State Bears in Springfield, Mo. from 1999-2008).
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 48-34 (.585) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 23-17 all-time in MVC games, including a 15-5 mark at home and an 8-12 record on the road. During his career, he is 26-8 in all home games, 13-20 on the road, 9-6 in neutral court contests and 16-5 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 4-1 all-time against Southern Illinois, and is 1-1 versus the Salukis on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-3 in overtime games and 34-2 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game will be Greg Lansing's 83rd 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 Southern Illinois contest will be televised locally on WTWO-TV. The game can be found over-the-air on Channel 2 as well as that location on Dish Network and Directv in the Terre Haute area. WTWO-TV is located on Channel 7 via Time Warner Cable.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,395-1,201 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.
Sycamores Start 3-1 In Missouri Valley Play For The First Time Since 2010-11
Indiana State began Missouri Valley Conference play with a perfect 2-0 record for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when the Sycamores achieved a 3-0 burst out of the gate. The Sycamores downed Illinois State at home in the league opener and earned a road victory over Northern Iowa on January 2. Now in its 36th season of MVC play, the Sycamores have started 2-0 just six times, including this season. It marked just the sixth time in 36 seasons of MVC play that the Sycamores won each of their first two league games. So far, the Sycamores are 3-1 in the MVC for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
Looking At The Keys To A Sycamore Victory
Indiana State has several key statistical factors to track in each game that indicates that they are heading down the path a victory. The first is the halftime score. The Sycamores are 8-0 on the season when leading at the half. Additionally, ISU is 4-0 this season when putting at least four players in double figures scoring and hold the same record when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. One other area to track is rebounding as the Sycamores are a perfect 6-0 this year when they outrebound the opposition.
Indiana State Stuffs The Paint Against Bradley
The Sycamores tallied a season-best nine blocked shots against Bradley on January 9 as they earned a 68-53 home court victory -- their fourth in a row at home against the Braves. It was the most for the Sycamores since they had 10 against Bradley back in December of 2010 in the MVC opener that season.
Justin Gant With A Second Solid Week To Start MVC Play
Justin Gant continued his strong start to Missouri Valley Conference play as he paced the team with 18 points in a road victory over Northern Iowa and came back with 12 points in a narrow defeat in Omaha against nationally-ranked Creighton. For the week, Gant averaged 15.0 ppg and 3.5 rebounds per contest. He hit 13-of-25 shots from the field (52.0 percent), hit a 3-pointer to start the Indiana State scoring in each game and finished with three trifectas in all. He added seven rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal while averaging 28.5 minutes per game. Gant was 8-of-12 from the field at UNI to tie his career-high of 18 points and pull down six rebounds. He led the charge with six consecutive points in the first half as part of an 11-0 run which staked the Sycamores to an early lead. At Creighton, he hit a pair of 3-pointers to score 12 points with a rebound, assist, blocked shot and steal in a team-high 31 minutes of action.
Manny Arop Continues Strong Play Heading Into Third Week Of MVC Play
Manny Arop averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as the Sycamores split a pair of road games against Northern Iowa and nationally-ranked Creighton during the first full week of Missouri Valley Conference play. Arop began the week by scoring nine points and pulling down four rebounds at UNI and then paced the team with 13 points on a 4-of-8 shooting performance with a pair of 3-pointers and a trio of free throws with two rebounds and a steal at Creighton. Arop sealed the game by with a bankshot jumper with 44 seconds left in the second half at UNI which put the Sycamores ahead by seven points. He kick started a 10-0 run early in the second half which put the Sycamores ahead 39-32 with 17:31 left as he hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and stretched the ISU advantage with a pair of free throws a minute later.
Sycamores Continue Their Recent Push Higher Up The NCAA RPI Rankings
As part of the Missouri Valley Conference's recent rise to No. 9 in the RPI ratings, is the explosive push upward by Indiana State, which has risen from a ranking of No. 188 in mid-December to now No. 25 in the NCAA RPI team rankings, as posted on RealTimeRPI.com. The Sycamores have played the toughest schedule of all 10 MVC teams, according to the RPI, as ISU leads the league with a No. 11 Strength Of Schedule ranking. Nationally-ranked Creighton owns a MVC-best No. 17 RPI while Wichita State checks in at No. 18. The Sycamores have played six Top 50 RPI teams this season and own quality victories against No. 7 Miami, No. 48 Ole Miss and No 114 Northern Iowa. Miami (No. 7) is the highest-highest ranked team the Sycamores have played this season, just ahead of No. 10 New Mexico, whom ISU dropped an overtime decision to at home on December 1.
Jake Odum Named To Bob Cousy Award Watchlist
Jake Odum has been named to the 2013 Bob Cousy Award Watch List. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the watch list of candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. Over 80 candidates have been nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award. This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around January 1st, final 10 near February 1st, and final five by approximately March 1st. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Newcomers Are No Problem For Indiana State
With Jake Odum being the lone Sycamore starter to return in 2012-13, Indiana State has relied on a stable of five newcomers so far this season for a large chunk of its offensive production. Led by Manny Arop, who is a two-time MVC Newcomer Of The Week selection and is currently second on the team with a 12.8 ppg average ISU has seen just over four of every 10 points come from someone who was not on the active roster one year ago. For the season, 410 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,020 scored (40.2 percent).
Jake Odum Now One Of Eight Players At ISU To Reach The Career Top 10 Lists For Assists & Steals
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum has 146 career steals, which ranks him seventh all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing three more to reach sixth place, currently held by Rick Fields (149 from 1981-85). Odum also now has 361 assists for his career which is good enough for ninth place. He needs eight more to catch Nick Hargrove (369 from 1993 to 1997) for eighth all-time. Odum is the eighth Sycamore in the history of the program to rank in the Indiana State Top 10 for both assists and steals in a career.
Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State is 7-1 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their counterparts for the opposition. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 31-8 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's starters.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 68-53 on January 9 against Bradley was ISU's eighth this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is currently 8-1 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 34-2 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 14-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).
Indiana State Has Won Two In A Row Over The Southeastern Conference
The Indiana State Sycamores downed Ole Miss by the score of 87-85 in overtime in the opener of the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Indiana State has now won each of its last two meetings against the SEC, as they won on the road at No. 25 Vanderbilt in 2011. ISU also earned its first victory since 1986 in Hawaii with the victory over the Rebels. The Sycamores have now won their opener in both the 2011 Old Spice Classic as well as the 2012 Diamond Head Classic.
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 26-8 (.765) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 17 of their last 22 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 15 of their last 20 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 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 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 begins a two-game MVC homestand on Wednesday, January 16 when they host Missouri State, who is also off to a 3-1 start to conference play. The game will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on WTWO-TV.