SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Tuesday, February 12 when the Sycamores (16-8, 9-4 MVC) travel to Missouri State (7-18, 5-8 MVC) inside JQH Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live nationally on the Missouri Valley Conference Television Network with John Rooney (pbp) and Mark Adams (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. A free web cast will be available on ESPN3, outside of the six-state MVC footprint. A complete list of television clearances can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE MISSOURI STATE SERIES
Missouri State owns a 37-22 lead in the all-time series against Indiana State, but the Sycamores have won seven of the last 10 meetings, including each of the last three. Indiana State is 5-22 all-time at Missouri State, but are 2-2 inside the JQH Arena. The Sycamores last won consecutive games at Missouri State when they enjoyed a three game winning streak in Springfield on trips in 1970, 1972 and 1976.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 54-37 (Third Season)
- Overall: 54-37 (Third Season)
- vs. Missouri State: 3-2
- vs. MVC: 29-20
MISSOURI STATE: Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995)
- Overall: 25-57 (Third Season)
- at Missouri State: 23-34 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 1-2
- The Sycamores lead the MVC with victories against the RPI Top 41 with three, including a neutral court victory over No. 2 Miami, a home win over No. 31 Creighton and a road victory over No. 41 Wichita State. Indiana State has the second-best RPI in the MVC with a No. 40 mark following the 66-65 win over Southern Illinois on February 9.
- The victory over Creighton on Feb. 6 was the 1,400th victory in the history of the program and its best victory over a ranked team inside Hulman Center since joining the MVC against the Top 25 as the Bluejays were ranked No. 13.
- No. 13 Creighton is the highest ranked opponent to fall to the Sycamores since No. 13 Oklahoma was defeated by the 2001 Sycamores in the NCAA Tournament.
- Indiana State is 13-2 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 39-3 when doing so under third-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 14-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less).
- Indiana State has earned 44 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 18-8 in close games.
- Jake Odum now has 403 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 now has 1,014 career points scored as he tossed in 13 to help the Sycamores to a 66-65 victory over Southern Illinois on February 9. Odum is the 35th member of the ISU 1,000-point club and is just the eighth Sycamore to reach that mark during his junior season.
- The Sycamores have recorded more blocked shots than their opponents in each of the past eight games.
- Indiana State is 11-1 this season when hitting at least 36.4 percent of their 3-pointers.
- Indiana State has held two opponents this season without a 3-point field goal (Miami & Illinois State).
- The Sycamores have defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams this season - a road win over No. 14 Wichita State on January 29 as well as a home court win over No. 13 Creighton on February 6.
An Indiana State Win Over Missouri State Would ...
• Would give the Sycamores back-to-back victories in Springfield for the first time since a stretch of three straight wins from 1970-76.
• Extend the Sycamores' string of consecutive seasons with 17 or more regular season victories to four, its longest since 1960-64.
• Keep the Sycamores in at least a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley through 14 league contests with a 10-4 record, its best mark since the 1999-00 campaign when they were 11-3. It would also mark the latest in a MVC campaign that ISU has been in first place since that same season.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 54-37 (.593) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 29-20 all-time in MVC games, including a 20-5 mark at home and a 9-15 record on the road. During his career, he is 31-8 in all home games, 14-23 on the road, 9-6 in neutral court contests and 18-8 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 3-2 all-time against Missouri State, and is 1-1 versus the Bears on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 39-3 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Tuesday's game will be Greg Lansing's 92nd 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 game will be broadcast live nationally on the Missouri Valley Conference Television Network. The telecast will be cleared live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City as well as FOX College Sports Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Chicago (on Comcast SportsNet Plus channels in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa but not in Chicago live). The game can be found on Directv Channel 671, Dish Network 418 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 748 and can also be found on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app live outside of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,401-1,204 all-time on the hardwood. Indiana State's 76-57 home court victory over No. 13/16 Creighton was the 1,400th victory in the history of the program on February 6.
Odum Leads Sycamores To Two MVC Home Wins, Drains Game Winner Against Southern Illinois
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum paced the Sycamores with a 17.5 ppg average of a two-game stretch which saw the Sycamores down their second nationally-ranked opponent of the season in No. 13/16 Creighton and come from behind to defeat Southern Illinois. Odum hit 11-of-17 shots (64.7 percent) from the field as well as 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) from the free throw line. He added 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game during the week. He began the week by becoming the 35th member of the Indiana State 1,000-point club as he led the Sycamores with 22 points against the Bluejays. He hit 7-of-10 shots from the field (70 percent) and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line (72.7 percent). Odum added five assists, four rebounds and two steals in the 76-57 victory. He went on to score 13 points by hitting 4-of-7 shots from the field and 5-of-7 charity tosses with five assists, four steals and two blocked shots in the 66-65 victory over Southern Illinois. His final shot was the biggest against the Salukis as he hit a runner in the paint that banked in with just under 19 seconds left to give ISU the late lead.
Khristian Smith Makes Noise Off The Bench Against Creighton and Southern Illinois
Indiana State freshman Khristian Smith enjoyed his best week as a Sycamore by averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as ISU downed No. 13/16 Creighton and Southern Illinois inside Hulman Center. Smith was 9-of-14 from the field (64.3 percent) and hit his only 3-point attempt. He added 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocked shots and .5 steals per game over the two-game stretch. Smith began the week by scoring seven points against the Bluejays with one rebounds, assist, blocked shot and steal. Smith was key off the bench against the Salukis as he scored 12 points with six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. He was 6-of-8 from the field versus SIU in 28 minutes of action. Smith scored all 12 of his points in the first half as ISU battled back from an early 12-point deficit to get the Sycamores to within three points at the half.
Jake Odum Goes Over 1,000 Point Mark In Victory Over No. 13/16 Creighton
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum reached the 1,000-point mark for his career as he posted a team-best 22 points in the victory over No. 13/16 Creighton on February 6 inside Hulman Center. Odum became the 35th member of the Indiana State 1,000 Point Club with a free throw late in the second half against the Bluejays. Odum is just the eighth Sycamore in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point mark during his junior season. With his 13 points against SIU, Odum now has 1,014 career points and needs 26 more to pass Carl Richard for 34th on ISU's all-time scoring list. Other Sycamores to reach 1,000 points by the end of their junior campaign are Larry Bird (1,877 in two seasons), John Sherman Williams (1,787), Jerry Newsom (1,338), Butch Wade (1,135), David Moss (1,214), Eddie Bird (1,207) and Kelyn Block (1,018).
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 159 career steals, which ranks him sixth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing six more to reach fifth place, currently held by Matt Renn (165 from 1997-01). Odum also now has 403 assists for his career which is good enough for eighth place. He needs 23 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.
No. 13/16 Creighton Is The Highest Nationally Ranked Opponent To Fall At Hulman Center In MVC Era
The No. 13/16 Creighton Bluejays rolled into Hulman Center on February 2 as the highest ranked team to take on the Sycamores at home since No. 12 Tulsa visited on Feb. 2, 1985. With the 76-57 victory against the Bluejays, the Sycamores are now 11-18 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents and earned their first victory inside Hulman Center against a ranked foe since downing No. 14 Butler in December of 2006. It was the highest ranked opponent that ISU has beaten anywhere since a victory over No. 13 Oklahoma in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. No. 13/16 Creighton is the highest ranked opponent to fall to the Sycamores inside Hulman Center in the MVC era.
Indiana State Looking To Reach 17 Regular Season Victories For Fourth Consecutive Season; First Time Since Larry Bird Era
With its 59-46 victory over Missouri State on February 22, 2012, the Sycamores 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. With one more victory in its final six regular games this season, Indiana State will have reached that 17-victory milestone for four consecutive seasons, which hasn't happened in Terre Haute since 1960-64.
Sycamores Use Stellar Defensive Effort To Stop Wichita State's 19-Game Home Court Winning Streak
Indiana State limited No. 14/15 Wichita State to just 27.1 percent shooting from the field to earn a 68-55 victory at Charles Koch Arena on January 29. ISU held the Shockers to a season-low 16-of-59 effort from the field, including a mar of 7-of-31 from inside the 3-point arc. The victory for the Sycamores was the first by a visiting team at Wichita State in the last 19 games, dating back to December of 2011 and was their worst home loss since 2009. The victory was also the first this season for the Sycamores this season against a nationally-ranked team in five attempts although ISU does own victories over now nationally-ranked Ole Miss and Miami.
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 12.6 ppg average ISU has seen over four of every 10 points come from someone who was not on the active roster one year ago. For the season, 676 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,629 scored (41.5 percent).
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 31-8 (.795) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 22 of their last 27 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 20 of their last 25 MVC games at home.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 76-57 on February 6 against Creighton was ISU's 13th this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is currently 13-2 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 39-3 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 10-2 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their counterparts for the opposition. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 34-9 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's starters.
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 10-1 on the season when leading at the half. Additionally, ISU is a perfect 7-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. One other area to track is rebounding as the Sycamores are 10-1 this year when they outrebound the opposition. Additionally, the Sycamores are 13-2 when limiting a team to 63 points or less.
Greg Lansing Takes Suits and Sneakers For Cancer Awareness To The Indiana State Capital Building
Indiana State and Northern Iowa participated in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneaks Challenge along with the rest of the nation's teams this weekend. All of the basketball coaches in the state of Indiana have issued a challenge to the state's lawmakers to wear sneakers with their suits on Monday, January 28 as part of the program to promote cancer awareness. Through an invitation from State Representative Bob Heaton, who played for ISU on the 1978-79 team which advanced to the NCAA Final Four, ISU head coach Greg Lansing will officially issue the day's challenge to Indiana Speaker Of The House Brian Bosma at the State House in Indianapolis on January 28.
Sycamores Hold Second Team This Season Without A Triple
Indiana State did not allow a made 3-pointer at Illinois State on January 23 as the Redbirds went 0-for-13 from long range on their home court and snapped a string of over 400 games with one which dated back to 1999. It marked the second time this season that the Sycamores have not allowed a trey in a game as nationally-ranked Miami went 0-of-15 back on December 25 in the consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic. For the season, the Sycamores are allowing teams to make just 30.4 percent of their threes attempted (96-of-316), which ranks third in the MVC behind Missouri State and Creighton.
Greg Lansing Moves Into Sycamore Top 10 For All-Time Victories
With the 59-58 victory over Northern Iowa on January 26, Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing recorded his 51st career victory - which moves him into sole possession of 10th place 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.
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.
The Sycamores complete a two-game MVC road swing at Bradley on Saturday, February 16 when they travel to Peoria, Ill. The game begins at 2:00 p.m. (ET).