SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, January 18 when the Sycamores (14-3, 5-0 MVC) hit the road to face off against No. 5/5 Wichita State (18-0, 5-0 MVC) inside Koch Arena. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg (pbp), Mark Adams (color) and Len Elmore (color) on the call. The game can 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 (color) on the call. There will be a live audio stream available on GoSycamores.com. Live statistics can also be found on GoSycamores.com. The broadcast will also be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with a valid television service provider.
THE WICHITA STATE SERIES
Wichita State holds a 51-29 lead in the all-time series, as the Shockers have won nine of the last 11 meetings. The season series was split was one year ago as the road team won each meeting with Indiana State taking a 68-55 victory over the nationally-ranked Shockers by the score of 68-55 on January 29, 2013. That victory broke an eight-game losing skid to the Shockers in Wichita. The Shockers hold a 30-8 lead in the all-time series in Wichita. Indiana State’s victory over then No. 14 Wichita State last season is the highest ranked team the Sycamores have ever beaten on the road.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 70-47 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 70-47 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Wichita State: 2-6
- vs. MVC: 34-25
WICHITA STATE: Gregg Marshall (Randolph-Macon, 1985)
- Overall: 351-153 (16th Season)
- at Wichita State: 157-70 (Seventh Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 11-4
- Indiana State is 47-4 when holding teams to 63 points or less under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 16-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less).
- Indiana State has earned 49 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 23-12 in close games.
- The Sycamores are 7-3 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which leads the league and is third-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 536 career assists which ranks him third on the Indiana State Career List. His 196 steals rank fourth at Indiana State. He is one of eight Sycamores to be in the ISU Top 10 for both assists and steals in a career.
- Jake Odum now has 1,334 career points scored as he tossed in four versus Missouri State and currently sits 11th on the ISU all-time scoring list. 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.
- Indiana State and Quinnipiac are the only two NCAA Division I Teams to play in all four major postseason tournaments in each of the last four years.
- The Sycamores have defeated three nationally-ranked teams in a row dating back to 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. Most recently, the Sycamores downed No. 21/22 Notre Dame in South Bend on November 17, 2013.
- Indiana State has four victories all-time on the road against nationally-ranked opponents and three of those have come under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing.
- Indiana State owns 13 all-time victories against nationally-ranked opponents. Eight of those have come with either Jake Odum or Larry Bird in the Sycamore starting lineup. Both Bird and Odum have each been part of four victories over nationally-ranked opponents while playing for Indiana State.
An Indiana State Win Over Wichita State Would ...
• Tie for being the highest-ranked team ever beaten by Indiana State with a 73-71 victory over No. 5 Arkansas in the 1979 NCAA Regional Final.
• Give the Sycamores a victory over the highest ranked opponent in a true road contest.
• Give the Sycamores consecutive road victories over Wichita State for the first time since taking three in a row from 1999-01.
• Net the Sycamores just their second 6-0 start to Valley play with the other coming during the 1978-79 Dream Season with Larry Bird.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 70-47 (.598) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 34-25 all-time in MVC games, including a 23-7 mark at home and an 11-18 record on the road. During his career, he is 39-10 in all home games, 20-28 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 23-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 2-6 against Wichita State, and is 1-2 against the Shockers on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 47-4 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 118th 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. Against nationally-ranked opponents Lansing holds a 4-9 record, including a 3-4 mark in road contests. He is tied with Bill Hodges for most victories over a nationally-ranked team (four) in the history of the program.
The Wichita State will be televised nationally on ESPN2 as well as ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as part of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Television package. Fans can access the broadcast with a valid television or home internet subscription by visiting WatchESPN.com or downloading the Watch ESPN app on many smartphones and tablets.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,417-1,214 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 Off To One Of Best Starts In MVC Play In School History
Indiana State is off to a 5-0 start to league play for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign and just the second time since joining the league in 1976. The only other time ISU has started MVC play with a 5-0 mark came during the 1978-79 campaign when the Sycamores tallied a perfect 16-0 record en route to winning each of their first 33 contests. Additionally, as part of their five MVC victories, two have come on the road. This is the first time since 1978-79 that a Sycamore team has won each of their first two road games in league competition.
Indiana State Owns A Three-Game Winning Streak Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents
The Indiana State basketball program downed No. 21/22 nationally-ranked Notre Dame on the road by the score of 83-70, making it three straight victories in a row for the Sycamores against teams ranked in the nation’s Top 25. ISU began its current streak on January 29, 2013 with a 68-55 road victory over Wichita State and continued it with a 76-57 victory over No. 13/16 Creighton inside Hulman Center on Feb. 6. Additionally, the Sycamores have now defeated a nationally-ranked team on the road in each of the last three seasons (No. 25 Vanderbilt in 2011-12, No. 14/15 Wichita St in 2012-13 and No. 21/22 Notre Dame in 2013-14). No. 5 Wichita State is the highest-ranked opponent the Sycamores have ever played on the road and the highest overall since battling No. 4 Michigan State in the 1979 National Championship Game.
Sycamores And Shockers In Small Club Of Team Undefeated Since Christmas Day
Indiana State (6-0) and Wichita State (6-0) are both undefeated since Christmas Day and are two of just 29 teams nationally who can boast a perfect record since the holiday. Saturday’s matchup is one of two nationally where each team is undefeated since Christmas with Pittsburgh and Syracuse the other.
Indiana State Enjoying Life On The Road
The Indiana State Sycamores are off to a 14-3 start and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 6-2 in true road contests this year and factoring in the neutral court victory over Pepperdine have seven victories away from Hulman Center so far this season. Indiana State’s six true road victories are the most by any team in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and trail only Manhattan (8) and Stephen F. Austin (7) for most road victories nationally.
Balanced Scoring Approach Works Best For The Sycamores In Victory Over Missouri State
Indiana State improved to 5-0 in MVC play with a 70-55 victory over Missouri State on January 15. The Sycamores were led in scoring by three different players who each tallied 14 points. Manny Arop, Khristian Smith and Dawon Cummings each posted 14 while Demetrius Moore scored a career-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds.
Jake Odum Close To Becoming First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists
With 496 career made free throws, Indiana State’s Jake Odum is looking to join just 12 other players in MVC history to make 500 free throws. Odum already has eclipsed 500 career assists (536). With four more made free throws, he’ll be the first player in MVC history to reach 500 in both stats. His 496 career made free throws ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just 47 made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.
Indiana State’s Offense Ranked Tops In The Missouri Valley Conference
The Indiana State offense ranks atop the Missouri Valley Conference with a 76.7 ppg average as seven of the league’s 10 teams are averaging over 70 points per game. The Sycamores are the MVC’s second-best free throw shooting team as they have hit 280-of-385 attempts from the charity stripe (72.7 percent) and from the field are tied for the best in the MVC with a 48.7 field goal percentage (ninth-best in the NCAA). ISU is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage as they have hit 118-of-295 attempts from long range (40.0 percent). The Sycamores 40.0 percent mark from 3-point range ranks in the Top 20 nationally.
Sycamores Only Team In America With 5 Double Digit Scorers Who All Shoot Better Than 31 Percent From 3-Point Range
Indiana State is the only team in the country with five double-figure scorers who shoot 31 percent or better from three-point range. Manny Arop, Dawon Cummings, Jake Odum, Khristian Smith, and Justin Gant all average 10.0+ points per game and shoot 31.3 percent or better from long range.
Jake Odum Was Just Eighth Sycamore Junior 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 four points against Missouri State, Odum now has 1,334 career points, which is 11th on the ISU scoring list and needs 13 more to tie Matt Renn and crack the Top 10. 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 197 career steals, which ranks him fourth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing six more to reach third place which is currently held by Gabe Moore (203 from 2004-08). Odum also now has 536 assists for his career which is good enough for third place. He needs 15 more to catch Rick Fields (551 from 1981 to 1985) for second 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).
Khristian Smith And Dawon Cummings First Sycamore Duo Over 20 Points In Nearly Three Years
Khristian Smith and Dawon Cummings each went over the 20-point scoring mark as part of the 81-62 road victory over Evansville on January 4, 2014. It marked the first time in nearly three years that a pair of Sycamores went over 20 points in the same contest. Smith tallied 27 points while Cummings posted a career-high 22 against the Purple Aces. The last time a Sycamore duo accomplished the feat came on February 12, 2011 when Carl Richard and Jake Odum each scored 20 points as part of a 75-63 home victory over Drake. It also marked the first time since January 19, 2010 that a pair of Sycamores did it on the road when Richard scored 20 points and Harry Marshall tallied 21 at Missouri State.
Sycamores’ Nine Non-Conference Victories Tied For Most Under Greg Lansing
Indiana State enters the 2013-14 Missouri Valley Conference schedule with a 9-3 record. The Sycamores’ nine non-conference victories ties it with the 2011-12 squad for most non-conference victories under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. Included in the nine victories are five away from Hulman Center and a true road victory over then nationally-ranked Notre Dame.
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 39-10 (.796) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 30 of their last 37 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 23 of their last 30 MVC games at home. Last 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. The Sycamores are a perfect 7-0 at home this season.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 70-55 on January 15 against Missouri State was ISU’s seventh this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU was 14-2 last season when holding an opponent under that total. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 47-4 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 16-0 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 and are already 7-0 in 2013-14 when doing so. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 41-12 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent’s starters.
Sycamores Continue Success Against “Power 6” Teams Under Greg Lansing
With its 83-70 victory over Notre Dame, the Sycamores have now won back-to-back games against the Atlantic Coast Conference as ISU downed Miami (Fla.) on December 25, 2012 as part of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Classic. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 5-6 against teams from “Power 6” Conferences, and all 11 of those contests have either come on the road or on a neutral court.
Larry Bird Honored With Statue Dedication During Opener Against Ball State
It was a special weekend on the Indiana State University campus as Sycamore legend Larry Bird was the centerpiece of opening week activities. “Honoring a Legend” was held inside Hulman Center on Friday, November 8 in which special guests such as Bill Walton and Quinn Buckner told stories about the legend and fans got to hear quite a bit from Bird himself. On Saturday, November 9 a 17-foot statue was unveiled in honor of Bird with all of 1978-79 teammates around to help him celebrate. Bird was also honored at halftime of the season opener by being named one of the 75 Best Players In The History Of March Madness and also became the 241st person to be named an Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni.
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 and Quinnipiac are the only two NCAA Division I Teams to play in all four major postseason tournaments in each of the last four years.
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.
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 18 in 2012-13. 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.
Indiana State will stay on the road to take on Loyola next Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).