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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, January 19 when the Sycamores (11-6, 4-2 MVC) host instate rival Evansville (11-7, 4-2 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast on MVC TV Network with Scott Warmann (pbp) and Mac McCausland (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. Television clearances for the MVC TV Network can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE EVANSVILLE SERIES
Indiana State owns an 82-74 edge in the all-time series against Evansville. This is the 157th meeting in the all-time series against the Purple Aces, which is the most the Sycamores have played against any one opponent in the history of the program. The series dates back to January of 1920. Indiana State owns a 50-27 margin in the series in games played in Terre Haute. The Sycamores have won five of the last seven meetings against the Purple Aces, including each of the last three and a season series sweep in 2011-12.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 49-35 (Third Season)
- Overall: 49-35 (Third Season)
- vs. Evansville: 3-2
- vs. MVC: 24-18
EVANSVILLE: Marty Simmons (Evansville, 1987)
- Overall: 177-167 (12th Season)
- at Evansville: 78-95 (Sixth Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 4-7
- Indiana State is 9-1 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 35-2 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.
- Justin Gant have reached double figures scoring in all six of the Sycamores' MVC games.
- Jake Odum now has 372 career assists which ranks him eighth 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 913 career points scored, needing only 87 more to become the 35th member of the Sycamores' 1,000 point club.
- Indiana State is 8-1 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 (113) than all league teams have attempted except Southern Illinois (125) and Evansville (121) through six games of conference action.
- The next Indiana State victory will be Greg Lansing's 50th as head coach of the Sycamore basketball program, which will make him the 11th head coach to reach the 50 victory mark and will tie him with Tates Locke for 10th on the Sycamore all-time win list.
An Indiana State Win Over Evansville Would ...
• Be the Sycamores' 51st victory all-time against Evansville at home and its 83rd overall -- the most against any Sycamore opponent all-time.
• Give the Sycamores a 5-2 start to MVC play, which would be its best since the 2010-11 season when they began 6-1.
• Give the Sycamores' third-year head coach Greg Lansing his 50th career victory in just 85 games coached. It would be the fourth fastest to 50 wins for a Sycamore head coach and he would become just the 11th ISU head coach to reach 50 career victories and tie him with Tates Locke for 10th on the Sycamore all-time wins list.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 49-35 (.583) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 24-18 all-time in MVC games, including a 16-5 mark at home and an 8-13 record on the road. During his career, he is 27-8 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 Evansville, and is 1-1 versus the Purple Aces at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-3 in overtime games and 35-2 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game will be Greg Lansing's 85th 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 Evansville contest will be televised on the MVC TV Network as part of the league's broadcast package. Availability of the game has shifted as the St. Louis Blues will begin their shortened season on Saturday night. The game will air live on WTWO-TV in Terre Haute as well as on WTVW-TV in Evansville. The game will also be live on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago and ESPN3 as well in Indianapolis on DirecTV Channel 665 and Dish Network Channel 429. The game will be shown on a tape delay basis on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports Central, Directv Channel 671, Dish Network Channel 418 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 748 at 11:00 p.m. (ET) on the night of January 19.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,396-1,202 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.
Sycamores Have Put Four Scorers In Double Figures For Two Consecutive Games
The Sycamores have placed four scorers in double figures for each of the last two games (at Southern Illinois and against Missouri State). ISU had four different players (Manny Arop, Justin Gant, Devonte Brown and Dawon Cummings) each score 10 points against the Bears. On the road against SIU, Manny Arop scored 16 points while Jake Odum and Lucas Eitel had 15 each and Justin Gant tallied 10. Gant is the lone Sycamore to reach double figures scoring in all six league games.
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 5-1 this season when putting at least four players in double figures scoring and are a perfect 5-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. One other area to track is rebounding as the Sycamores are a perfect 7-0 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. 49 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. 17 Strength Of Schedule ranking. Nationally-ranked Creighton owns a MVC-best No. 18 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. 4 Miami, No. 46 Ole Miss and No. 96 Northern Iowa. Miami (No. 4) is the highest-highest ranked team the Sycamores have played this season, just ahead of No. 9 New Mexico, whom ISU dropped an overtime decision to at home on December 1.
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, 469 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,159 scored (40.4 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 148 career steals, which ranks him seventh all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing one more to reach sixth place, currently held by Rick Fields (149 from 1981-85). Odum also now has 372 assists for his career which is good enough for eighth place. He needs 54 more to catch Michael Menser (426 from 1997 to 2001) for seventh 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.
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 27-8 (.771) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 18 of their last 23 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 16 of their last 21 MVC games at home.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 68-60 on January 16 against Missouri State was ISU's ninth this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is currently 9-1 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 35-2 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 14-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indiana State returns to the Valley road on Wednesday, January 23 when they travel to Illinois State at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised live on WTWO-TV.