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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, January 16 when the Sycamores (10-6, 3-2 MVC) begin a two-game home stand against Missouri State (5-12, 3-2 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast locally on WAWV-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp) and Jim Waugh (analyst) on the call as well as world wide on a pay-per-view basis via Sycamore Vision. A simulcast of the Missouri State local television broadcast can be found on ESPN3. 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. Television clearances as well as internet broadcast subscription information can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE MISSOURI STATE SERIES
Missouri State owns a 37-21 lead in the all-time series against Indiana State, but the Sycamores have won six of the last meetings against the Bears. ISU dropped their last game at Hulman Center against the Bears by the score of 69-63, which broke a three-game winning streak for Indiana State at home against Missouri State. Indiana State is 15-12 against Missouri State inside Hulman Center.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 48-35 (Third Season)
- Overall: 48-35 (Third Season)
- vs. Missouri State: 3-2
- vs. MVC: 23-18
MISSOURI STATE: Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995)
- Overall: 23-51 (Third Season)
- at Missouri State: 21-28 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 1-1
- 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 16-6 in close games.
- Both Jake Odum and Justin Gant have reached double figures scoring in each of the last five games.
- Jake Odum now has 367 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 currently has 905 career points scored, needing only 95 more to become the 35th member of the Sycamores' 1,000 point club.
- Indiana State is 7-1 this season when hitting at least 36.4 percent of their 3-pointers.
- Jake Odum tied a career-high with five steals against Northern Iowa on January 2.
- Indiana State has made more free throws in MVC play (97) than all league teams have attempted except Southern Illinois (111) through five games of conference action.
An Indiana State Win Over Missouri State Would ...
• Give Indiana State four wins over Missouri State in their last five games inside Hulman Center against the Bears.
• Give the Sycamores a 4-2 start to MVC play, which would be its best since the 2010-11 season when they began 5-1.
• Give Indiana State a 7-3 record in their last 10 meetings against Missouri State, its best stretch of success against the Bears since a run from 1970-1992 when ISU went 8-2.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 48-35 (.578) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 23-18 all-time in MVC games, including a 15-5 mark at home and an 8-13 record on the road. During his career, he is 26-8 in all home games, 13-21 on the road, 9-6 in neutral court contests and 16-6 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 3-2 all-time against Missouri State, and is 1-1 versus the Bears at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-3 in overtime games and 34-2 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Wednesday's game will be Greg Lansing's 84th 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 Missouri State contest will be televised locally on WAWV-TV. The game can be found over-the-air on Channel 38 as well as that location on Dish Network and Directv in the Terre Haute area. WAWV-TV is located on Channel 38 via Time Warner Cable. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com as part of the Missouri State local television broadcast package.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,395-1,202 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 Has Successful Week For Sycamores Against Bradley and Southern Illinois
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum averaged 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as the Sycamores split games against Bradley and Southern Illinois. Odum hit 8-of-14 shots from the field (57.1 percent), including one 3-pointer and was 9-of-11 from the free throw line (81.8 percent). He added nine assists (2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio) with one blocked shot and two steals. Odum scored 15 points at Southern Illinois by hitting 4-of-8 shots from the field with five rebounds and six assists and a steal. He posted 11 points against Bradley by hitting 4-of-6 shots from the field (66.7 percent), including his lone 3-point attempt with four rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one steal.
Manny Arop Leads The Sycamores In Scoring Against Bradley And Southern Illinois
Manny Arop paced the Sycamores with 14.5 points and five rebounds as Indiana State earned a home court victory over Bradley but dropped a road game at Southern Illinois. Arop hit 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and was 8-of-10 from the free throw line (80 percent). He added four assists and three steals over the two-game stretch. Arop scored 16 points to lead the Sycamores in scoring at Southern Illinois. He added six rebounds and two steals as well as a pair of assists while hitting 6-of-11 shots from the field. Arop scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds by hitting 4-of-7 shots from the field (57.1 percent) with two assists and one steals earlier in the week against Bradley.
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 4-1 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.
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. 42 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. 16 Strength Of Schedule ranking. Nationally-ranked Creighton owns a MVC-best No. 19 RPI while Wichita State checks in at No. 22. The Sycamores have played six Top 50 RPI teams this season and own quality victories against No. 5 Miami, No. 47 Ole Miss and No. 100 Northern Iowa. Miami (No. 5) is the highest-highest ranked team the Sycamores have played this season, just ahead of No. 11 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 13.0 ppg average ISU has seen nearly four of every 10 points come from someone who was not on the active roster one year ago. For the season, 433 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,091 scored (39.7 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 147 career steals, which ranks him seventh all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing two more to reach sixth place, currently held by Rick Fields (149 from 1981-85). Odum also now has 367 assists for his career which is good enough for ninth place. He needs two 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.
The Sycamores stay at home to face off against in-state rival Evansville on Saturday, January 16. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET) and can be seen live on MVC TV and ESPN3.