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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year three of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, February 23 when the Sycamores (16-11, 9-7 MVC) continue a three-game home stand against Iona (15-12, 9-7 MAAC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 11:02 a.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPNU with Doug Sherman (pbp) and Sean Harrington (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 game will be simulcast on ESPN3 and a guide to access the ESPN broadcasts can be found on page 2 of this release.
THE IONA SERIES
Indiana State is facing off against Iona for the first time in the history of the program.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 54-40 (Third Season)
- Overall: 54-40 (Third Season)
- vs. Iona: First Meeting
- vs. MVC: 29-23
IONA: Tim Cluess (Hofstra, 1983)
- Overall: 164-55 (Seventh Season)
- at Iona: 65-32 (Third Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
- The Sycamores are one of the best in the MVC against the RPI Top 50 with four victories, including a neutral court victory over No. 2 Miami as well as No. 50 Ole Miss, a home win over No. 45 Creighton and a road victory over No. 32 Wichita State. Indiana State has the third-best RPI in the MVC with a No. 63 mark.
- 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 18-10 in close games.
- Jake Odum now has 421 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 1,061 career points scored as he tossed in 15 against Wichita State on February 19. 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 10 of the last 11 games.
- Indiana State is 11-3 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.
- Jake Odum has made 161 free throws this season and moved into the ISU Top 10 for most charity tosses made in a single-season at Bradley (now in sixth place) while his 208 free throw attempts are 10th all-time. He made 19 in a row prior to a first half miss against Wichita State on Tuesday.
An Indiana State Win Over Iona Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 4-5 in Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters games and stop a three-game losing skid in the scheduling concept dating back to a 2009 victory over Toledo.
• Extend the Sycamores' string of consecutive seasons with 17 or more regular season victories to four, its longest since 1960-64.
• Give the Sycamores their first victory over a member of the MAAC since a 72-66 victory over Fairfield in the consolation final of the 2011 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
• Improve the Sycamores to 3-0 against the current membership of the MAAC (also 1-0 vs. Fairfield & 1-0 vs. Loyola (Md.)).
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 54-40 (.574) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 29-23 all-time in MVC games, including a 20-6 mark at home and a 9-17 record on the road. During his career, he is 31-9 in all home games, 14-25 on the road, 9-6 in neutral court contests and
18-10 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing has never faced Iona. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 39-3 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game will be Greg Lansing's 95th 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 Iona game is being broadcast nationally by ESPNU as well as ESPN3. ESPNU can be found on most cable and satellite television providers world wide. The ESPNU broadcast will also be available on ESPN3 as well as the WatchESPN app on most smartphones and tablets.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,401-1,207 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.
Sycamores In Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters For Ninth Time
Indiana State's game on February 23 is part of the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters, which marks the Sycamores ninth year of participating in the scheduling concept and this is the first year ISU is making an appearance on the ESPN Television package. ISU is 3-5 in Bracketbuster games, including a mark of 1-3 at home. The MVC has had a national-best 43 appearances on the ESPN Family Of Networks over the 11-year history of the event. Indiana State has lost three consecutive Bracketbusters games, dating back to a victory at home over Toledo in 2009.
Jake Odum With A Pair Of Road Double Digit Performances For Indiana State
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum entered the Bradley game with 149 free throws on the year and with his 10 made in the game at Bradley on February 16, he entered the Sycamore single-season Top 10 list, passing Larry Bird, Jerry Newsom and Wayne Allison and now has 161 on the year (through Wichita State), which ranks sixth. Bird's 221 made free throws in 1978-79, is the school record. Throughout the course of the Bradley game, Odum passed both Bird and Duane Klueh, the only two Sycamores to have their jerseys retired. His 10-of-10 free throw performance is the best by an Indiana State player since Dwayne Lathan made 10-of-10 against Southern Illinois on February 11, 2012. Additionally, Odum made 19 free throws in a row dating back to the Southern Illinois contest on February 9 and extending to the first half of the Wichita State game on Feb. 19. Odum is seven made free throws away from tying Bird again (168 in 76-77) for fifth on the ISU single-season list. Additionally, Odum has attempted 208 free throws this season, which is tied with Matt Renn for eighth on the ISU single-season free throws attempted list and needs five more to tie Butch Wade for seventh.
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 15 points against Wichita State, Odum now has 1,064 career points, which ties him with Harry Morgan for 31st on the ISU scoring list and needs 10 more to tie Howard Dardeen for 30th 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 161 career steals, which ranks him sixth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing four more to reach fifth place, currently held by Matt Renn (165 from 1997-01). Odum also now has 421 assists for his career which is good enough for eighth place. He needs three 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.
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 five 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.
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, 754 points have come from newcomers, of a total of 1,824 scored (41.3 percent).
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 31-9 (.775) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 22 of their last 28 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 20 of their last 26 MVC games at home. This season, the Sycamores have lost just twice at home, in overtime to nationally-ranked New Mexico on December 1 and on Tuesday to league-leading Wichita State.
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 10-4 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their counterparts for the opposition. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 34-11 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 10-2 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 10-3 this year when they outrebound the opposition. Additionally, the Sycamores are 13-2 when limiting a team to 63 points or less.
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.
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.
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 Have Held Two Teams 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.
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 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 embark on their final week of the regular season on Wednesday, February 27 when they host Drake inside Hulman Center to conclude a three-game home stand. Indiana State and Drake will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. (ET).