SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, January 23 when the Sycamores (12-6, 5-2 MVC) take to the road for the fourth time in MVC play at Illinois State (10-9, 1-6 MVC) inside Redbird Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live 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. Television clearances can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE ILLINOIS STATE SERIES
Illinois State holds a 58-50 lead in the all-time series against the Sycamores. Indiana State won this season's previous meeting against the Redbirds by the score of 77-75 on December 30 in the MVC opener. The Sycamores have won eight of the last 12 in the series, including two of the last four matchups in Normal. A victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night would give the Sycamores their first season series sweep over the Redbirds since 2010-11.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 50-35 (Third Season)
- Overall: 50-35 (Third Season)
- vs. Illinois State: 4-1
- vs. MVC: 25-18
ILLINOIS STATE: Dan Muller (Illinois State, 1998)
- Overall: 10-9 (First Season)
- at Illinois State: 10-9 (First Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 0-1
- Indiana State is 10-1 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 36-2 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.
- The Sycamores have recorded more assists than their opponents in each of the last four games.
- Manny Arop has reached double figures scoring in each of the last five games.
- Jake Odum now has 378 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 930 career points scored, needing only 70 more to become the 35th member of the Sycamores' 1,000 point club.
- Indiana State is 9-1 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 (132) than all league teams have attempted except Southern Illinois (140) and Evansville (140) through seven games of conference action.
- Greg Lansing's 50th victory as head coach of the Sycamore basketball program came on January 19 against Evansville, which made him the 11th head coach to reach the 50-victory mark and is tied with Tates Locke for 10th on the Sycamore all-time win list.
An Indiana State Win Over Illinois State Would ...
• Give the Sycamores their first season series sweep over the Redbirds since 2010-11 and their third victory in the last five games inside Redbird Arena.
• Give the Sycamores a 6-2 start to MVC play, which would be its best since the 2010-11 conference campaign when they began 7-1.
• Give Greg Lansing 51 career victories, which would move him into sole possession of the 10th on the ISU all-time victories list.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 50-35 (.588) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 25-18 all-time in MVC games, including a 17-5 mark at home and an 8-13 record on the road. During his career, he is 28-8 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 4-1 all-time against Illinois State, and is 1-1 versus the Redbirds on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-3 in overtime games and 36-2 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Wednesday's game will be Greg Lansing's 86th 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 Illinois State contest will be televised locally on WTWO-TV as part of the Indiana State local broadcast package. The game will be shown live on Channel 2 over-the-air as well as on Directv and Dish Network. The game can also be found on Time Warner Cable Channel 7.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,397-1,202 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.
Arop Paces The Sycamores During Two-Game Homestand Sweep
Manny Arop paced the team with a 14.5 ppg and 3.0 rebounds per game average as the Sycamores swept a two-game home stand over Missouri State and Evansville. Arop hit 11-of-19 shots from the field (57.9 percent), including a 2-of-3 mark from 3-point range and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He added one assist and one steal over the course of the week. He was one of four Sycamores to each score 10 points against Missouri State as he added four rebounds while he paced the team by himself with 19 points on the strength of a 7-of-9 shooting effort, including his lone 3-point attempt and hit all four of his attempts from the charity stripe versus the Purple Aces. Against the Bears, Arop scored five consecutive points in the second half to stretch a 41-37 lead out to 46-37 with just under 13 minutes left. He hit a pair of free throws with 15:12 left in the game against Evansville to knot the score at 36 and later scored seven points in a row which stretched a lead out from 44-42 to 51-42 with 7:12 remaining en route to the home court victory.
Greg Lansing Moving Into Sycamore Top 10 For All-Time Victories
With the 72-62 victory over Evansville, Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing recorded his 50th career victory - becoming just the 11th coach in the history of the Sycamore basketball program to do so and in the process moved up into a tie for 10th on the ISU all-time wins list. Lansing is the fourth fastest coach to reach the 50 victory mark as he has accomplished the feat in only 85 games.
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 6-0 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. Additionally, the Sycamores are 10-1 when limiting a team to 63 points or less.
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. 47 in the NCAA RPI team rankings, as posted on RealTimeRPI.com. The Sycamores have played the second-toughest schedule of all 10 MVC teams, according to the RPI, as ISU owns a No. 42 Strength Of Schedule ranking. Nationally-ranked Wichita State owns a MVC-best No. 15 RPI while Creighton 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. 32 Ole Miss and No. 86 Northern Iowa. Miami (No. 4) is the highest-highest ranked team the Sycamores have played this season, just ahead of No. 7 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 13.2 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, 499 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,231 scored (40.5 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 378 assists for his career which is good enough for eighth place. He needs 48 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 28-8 (.778) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 19 of their last 24 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 17 of their last 22 MVC games at home.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 72-12 on January 19 against Evansville was ISU's 10th this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is currently 10-1 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 36-2 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 home to face off against Northern Iowa on Saturday, January 26. Tip-off is slated for 1:05 p.m. (ET).