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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State begins year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, November 9 when the Sycamores (0-0) open the 2013-14 campaign against Ball State (0-0) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live locally on WTWO-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp), Jim Waugh (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (sidelines) 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. There will be a live audio stream available on GoSycamores.com. Live statistics can also be found on GoSycamores.com. Additionally, GoSycamores.com will be streaming the game live on Sycamore Vision, which is a pay-per-view web stream service provided by GoSycamores.com.
THE BALL STATE SERIES
Indiana State and Ball State are meeting for the 128th time on the hardwood Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals are one of just five programs to have faced the Sycamores more than 100 times. ISU owns a 70-57 lead in the series over Ball State, including a 48-18 mark in Terre Haute. Last season, the Sycamores snapped an 11-game skid on the road versus the Cardinals, earning their first victory in Muncie since 1986. The Sycamores have won each of the last two meetings in the series.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 56-44 (Third Season)
- Overall: 56-44 (Third Season)
- vs. Ball State: 2-1
- vs. MVC: 29-25
BALL STATE: James Whitford (Wisconsin, 1994)
- Overall: 0-0 (First Season)
- at Ball State: 0-0 (First Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
SYCAMORES HONORING LARRY BIRD THIS WEEKEND INSIDE HULMAN CENTER
This weekend, Indiana State University is hosting a dinner and program in honor of Sycamore legend Larry Bird on Friday, November 8 inside Hulman Center. Prior to tip-off of Saturday’s game at 11:30 a.m., a 15-foot statue of Bird will be dedicated outside Hulman Center, where it will welcome Sycamore fans in the future to all home games. Bird and his 1978-79 “Dream Team” will be recognized during the course of and at halftime of Saturday’s game for being honored as part of the March Madness 75th Anniversary celebration last March.
- Indiana State was 14-2 last season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 40-3 when doing so under third-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 15-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less).
- Indiana State has earned 46 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 20-10 in close games.
- Jake Odum now has 448 career assists which ranks him seventh 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 1,122 career points scored as he tossed in five against Iowa in the NIT. 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 defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams last 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 made 175 free throws last season and moved into the ISU Top 10 for most charity tosses made in a single-season at Bradley (finished in fifth place) while his 227 free throw attempts were fifth all-time. He made 19 in a row prior to a first half miss against Wichita State on February 19.
An Indiana State Win Over Ball State Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 3-1 under head coach Greg Lansing in season opening contests.
• Give the Sycamores wins in their season opening contests in four of the last five seasons.
• Make the Sycamores 76-42 all-time in season opening contests.
• Give the Sycamores a three-game winning streak against Ball State, its longest against the Cardinals since a four-gamer from December 11, 1976 to December 22, 1979.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 56-44 (.560) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 29-25 all-time in MVC games, including a 20-7 mark at home and a 9-18 record on the road. During his career, he is 32-10 in all home games, 14-26 on the road, 10-7 in neutral court contests and 20-10 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 2-1 against Ball State, and is 1-0 against the Cardinals inside Hulman Center. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 40-3 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Lansing has led the Sycamores to the postseason in each of his first three seasons with the Sycamores (2011 NCAA, 2012 CIT, 2013 NIT). Saturday’s game will be Greg Lansing’s 101st 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 Ball State game begins coverage of the Indiana State basketball program on both its local TV broadcast agreement with WTWO-TV as well as on Sycamore Vision. WTWO-TV can be found on Channel 2 (over-the-air, Directv, Dish Network) in the Wabash Valley as well as on Channel 7 via Time Warner Cable. Sycamore Vision is a pay-per-service provided by GoSycamores.com and fans may purchase a subscription by visiting the official home of Sycamore Athletics on the internet.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,403-1,211 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.
Larry Bird To Be Honored This Weekend With Statue Dedication
A 15-foot tall statue honoring Sycamore all-time great Larry Bird will be dedicated prior to Saturday’s season opener against Ball State. A dinner in honor of Bird will be held at Hulman Center on November 8 to tip-off the weekend to raise funds for The Larry Bird Scholarship. The statue dedication will be held at 11:30 a.m. (ET) prior to the contest against the Cardinals which will start at 1:05 p.m.
Sycamore Basketball Strong At Home In Season Openers
Indiana State is 75-42 in season openers as they prepare to open up the 118th year of college basketball on Saturday afternoon versus Ball State. The Sycamores won three of their last four lidlifters, with two victories coming at home and one on a neutral floor. The lone loss was last season at UCLA.
Khristian Smith Leads With 18 Points In 73-37 Exhibition Victory Over Rose-Hulman
Khristian Smith led Indiana State with 18 points in the Sycamores’ 73-37 exhibition victory over Rose-Hulman on November 3. Smith scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as ISU hit over 55 percent of their shots from the field after the break. Smith was 5-of-5 from the field as well as 2-of-2 from 3-point range in the second half against the Fighting Engineers.
Sycamores In Postseason Play For Fourth Consecutive Season
With Indiana State’s appearance in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament, the Sycamores have now made four 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 and the NIT in 2013. It marks the first time in the history of the Indiana State basketball program that the Sycamores have reached the postseason in four consecutive seasons.
Indiana State Against 2013 Postseason Qualifiers
The Sycamores compiled a 11-9 record against teams in postseason play. ISU was 5-6 against NCAA Tournament teams (1-0 vs. Miami, 1-0 vs. Iona, 1-0 vs. Ole Miss, 1-1 vs. Wichita State, 1-2 vs. Creighton, 0-1 vs. New Mexico, 0-1 vs. UCLA and 0-1 vs. San Diego St.), 6-2 against those that qualified for the CIT (2-1 vs. Evansville, 2-0 vs. Northern Iowa, 1-1 vs. Bradley and 1-0 vs. High Point) and 0-1 versus the NIT (0-1 vs. Iowa).
Jake Odum Named To Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team & Bob Cousy Award Watch List
Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum is one of 24 players nationally to be named to the 2013-14 Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team. The list is comprised of only college basketball players that are in their junior or senior campaigns. Odum also has been named to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List. The Bob Cousy Award is given annually to the nation’s best point guard.
Jake Odum And Manny Arop Named To Preseason All-MVC Team
Jake Odum was named to the First Team Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference squad — an honor he has earned in each of the last three seasons. Manny Arop picked up his first conference-wide honor when he was named to the Preseason All-MVC Honorable Mention Team.
Sycamores Picked To Finish Second In MVC Race In 2013-14
The Indiana State Sycamores have been picked to finish second behind Wichita State in the annual MVC Preseason Poll of head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. ISU garnered 352 points in the annual poll while the Shockers finished first with all 40 first place votes. The second place finish is the highest for the Sycamores since the MVC began conducting preseason predictions prior to the 1985-86 campaign.
ISU Wins Thriller In MVC Quarterfinals Over Evansville; Devonte Brown Tops ESPN Top 10 Plays
Indiana State received 30 of its 51 total points against Evansville in the MVC Tournament Quarterfinals from the bench, including a game-best 11 points from freshman Devonte Brown. Brown also provided a key blocked shot at the buzzer which helped preserve the victory after Justin Gant hit 1-of-2 free throws with two seconds left for the win. Jake Kitchell tied a career-best with nine points off the bench for the Sycamores. Brown’s blocked shot to win the game was the No. 1 play on ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Play on March 8.
Jake Odum Is First All-MVC First Team Selection Since 2001
Indiana State junior guard Jake Odum has earned First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors as announced by the league office following a vote of head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. Odum is the first Sycamore to be named First Team All-MVC since Matt Renn accomplished the feat in 2001. Only nine times since ISU joined the league has a Sycamore been named to the league’s first team. Other Sycamores who have earned First Team All-MVC selections are: Larry Bird (MVP in 1978 & 1979), Carl Nicks (1979 & 1980), John Sherman Williams (1985 & 1986), Nate Green (MVP in 2000) and Matt Renn (2001).
More On Indiana State In The Greg Lansing Era At The MVC Tournament
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing is 5-2 in three seasons of Missouri Valley Conference Tournament play. In 2011, Lansing led the Sycamores to victories over No. 6 Evansville, No. 2 Wichita State and No. 1 Missouri State to win the league championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. He became the first Sycamore coach to reach the NCAA Tournament in their rookie season since Bill Hodges did it in 1978-79. Last season, the Sycamores went 1-1, winning on Thursday night against Southern Illinois as the No. 8 seed before falling to league champion Wichita State in the quarterfinals. This year, ISU went 1-1 as they downed No. 4 Evansville in the quarterfinals and fell to No. 1 Creighton in the semifinals. Lansing has compiled a 5-2 record in the MVC Tournament, including three victories as the lower seeded team.
Jake Odum Is Just Eighth Sycamore Sophomore To Join The ISU 1,000-Point Club
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 five points against Creighton, Odum now has 1,117 career points, which is 23rd on the ISU scoring list and needs two more to tie Dick Atha for 22nd. 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 169 career steals, which ranks him fifth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing 19 more to reach fourth place which is currently held by Michael Menser (188 from 1997-01). Odum also now has 448 assists for his career which is good enough for fifth place. He needs 48 more to catch Nate Green (496 from 1996 to 2000) for fourth all-time. Odum is the third Sycamore in the history of the program to rank in the Indiana State Top Six for both assists and steals in a career (Nate Green & Gabe Moore are the others).
Indiana State Has Reached 17 Regular Season Victories For Fourth Consecutive Season; First Time Since Early 1960’s
With its 65-64 victory over Iona on February 23, 2013, the Sycamores have now posted at least 17 victories for the fourth consecutive season, which is the first time four Indiana State teams have reached that mark in succession since the 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons. The Sycamores won 17 in 60-61, 19 in 61-62, 18 in 62-63 and 17 in 63-64. The Sycamores won 17 games in 2009-10, 20 in 2010-11, 18 in 2011-12 and 17 so far this season. Indiana State has also secured its fourth consecutive winning season for the first time since a stretch of campaigns in 1997-98 through 2000-01.
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 32-10 (.762) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 23 of their last 30 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 20 of their last 27 MVC games at home. This season, the Sycamores lost just three times at home, in overtime to nationally-ranked New Mexico on December 1, on Feb. 19 to league-leading Wichita State and in the home finale on Feb. 27 to Drake.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 51-50 on March 8 against Evansville was ISU’s 14th last season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU was 14-2 on the season when holding an opponent under that total. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 40-3 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 15-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).
Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State was 10-5 last season when the Sycamore starters outscored their counterparts for the opposition. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 34-12 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent’s starters.
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, 2013 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 11-19 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.
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 last season. All of the basketball coaches in the state of Indiana 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 Last 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.
Indiana State will travel to Belmont on Thursday, November 14 for the first road contest of the season. Tip-off from Nashville, Tenn., is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET).