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INDIANA STATE:ISU Returns Home To Face Southern Illinois On Saturday Afternoon

February 10, 2012
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INDIANA STATE SPORTS INFORMATION

SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year two of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, February 11, when the Sycamores continue Missouri Valley Conference play by hosting Southern Illinois (8-17, 5-9 MVC). Tip-off is set for 1:05 (ET) inside Hulman Center. The game can be seen live locally on WAWV-TV with Jason Pensky and Jim Waugh on the call. The game will also be broadcast live locally on the radio via ESPN Radio 92.7 FM, as Brian Fritz and Matt Renn describe the action with an internet broadcast available on GoSycamores.com. Additionally live stats for the contest can be found at GoSycamores.com. The game will be web streamed on a pay-per-view basis on Sycamore Vision, which is a subscription service found on GoSycamores.com.


THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SERIES
SIU holds a 77-41 lead in the all-time series, although ISU holds a 28-26 lead in Terre Haute, in a series which dates back to December 15, 1916. Southern Illinois is one of just six schools in which the Sycamores have played at least 100 times in the history of the program.


THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 34-25 (Second Season)
- Overall: 34-25 (Second Season)
- vs. SIU: 2-1
- vs. MVC: 17-15
Southern Illinois: Chris Lowery (SIU, ‘95)
- Overall: 145-110 (Eighth Season)
- at SIU: 145-110 (Eighth Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 10-6


QUICK HITS
- The Sycamores are 7-1 this season when scoring at least 68 points and are a perfect 9-0 when holding teams to 63 points or less.
- ISU is 9-3 this season when senior Myles Walker grabs at least five rebounds while they are 10-4 when Jake Odum plays 32 or more minutes.
- Indiana State has won three games by five points or less this season, upping their total of close victories to 38 since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 12-4 in close games.
- Senior Jordan Printy has 196 career 3-pointers, which is second most all-time in the history of the program.
- ISU is 9-2 this season when holding an opponent under 42.1 percent field goal shooting percentage, are 7-0 when holding an opponent to 30 rebounds or less and own an 9-1 record when recording at least 14 assists.
- Indiana State is 9-1 this season after recording 15 or more free throws made.


An Indiana State Win Over Southern Illinois Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 20-5 in home games under head coach Greg Lansing, including a mark of 12-4 in MVC home contests.
• Give the Sycamores three consecutive home court victories over the Salukis for the first time since a stretch of 1978-1979.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 34-25 (.576) overall in his second season as a head coach. He is 17-15 all-time in MVC games, including an 11-4 mark at home and a 6-11 mark on the road. During his career, he is 19-5 in all home games, 9-16 on the road, 6-4 in neutral court contests and 12-4 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 2-1 all-time against Southern Illinois, and is 1-0 versus the Salukis at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 1-2 in overtime games and 24-0 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game is Greg Lansing's 60th 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.


Television Particulars
The Southern Illinois game will be shown live locally on WAWV-TV as well as on the web at Sycamore Vision pay-per-view service on GoSycamores.com.


A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 116th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,381-1,192 all-time on the hardwood. Indiana State's game at Oral Roberts last season was the historic 2,500th game in the history of the program.


Jake Odum One Of Three Players Nationally To Average High Numbers In Points, Rebounds, And Assists
Indiana State sophomore Jake Odum is averaging 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game this season. He is one of just three players nationally to average that many points, rebounds and assists during the 2011-12 campaign. Jesse Sanders of Liberty is averaging 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 8.1 apg while Kaylon Williams of Milwaukee is averaging 11.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 6.2 apg so far this year to join Odum with that same lofty national statistical status.


Odum Posts Third Double-Double Of The Season At Bradley
Jake Odum scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Sycamores at Bradley on February 8. Odum also posted a double-double at Southern Illinois earlier this season and had a triple-double against Fairfield on the final day of the Old Spice Classic. Odum's double-double at Bradley marked the fourth of his two-year Sycamore career. Odum posted 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the first meeting with the Salukis on January 13.


Sycamores Enjoy Three Game MVC Winning Streak For The Sixth Straight Season
With Indiana State's 61-54 victory over Drake on February 1, the Sycamores enjoyed a three-game Missouri Valley Conference winning streak. ISU has now won at least three straight league games in each of the last six campaigns.


Indiana State Outrebounds Wichita State For Second Time This Season
Indiana State won the rebounding battle against Wichita State by a 40-37 margin, marking the second time this year that the Sycamores have taken down more caroms that the Shockers. ISU also outrebounded WSU by a 42-36 margin on January 15 inside Hulman Center. WSU has lost the rebounding battle just three times this year, two of which were by the Sycamores and the other was at Drake as part of their triple overtime loss at the Drake Knapp Center.


Sycamores Defense Was Key To Victory Over Drake
Indiana State limited Drake on February 1 to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field (18-of-54) which was the best field goal percentage defensive mark for the Sycamores this season. It tops the 36 percent output the Sycamores put forth against Northern Iowa on January 25 to start ISU's current three-game winning streak. For the season, ISU is 9-1 when holding teams under a 42.1 field goal percentage and are 4-0 when the opposition connects on 18 field goals or less. ISU held Drake without a field goal for over eight of the final nine minutes to earn the 61-54 victory and gave up just two Drake field goals in the final nine minutes of play.


Sycamores' (Double) Overtime Success
Indiana State's 90-81 road double overtime victory over Evansville on January 29 was the first overtime victory for the Sycamores under head coach Greg Lansing and stopped a two-game skid in extra time for the Trees. The win over Evansville in double overtime was the first for the Sycamores after regulation since a 75-72 win over Missouri State at home on February 27, 2010. It was the first multiple overtime victory for Indiana State since winning in double overtime at Northern Iowa by the score of 85-84 on the road in 2008.


Walker Tallies A Career-High 14 Rebounds Against Wichita State
Indiana State senior Myles Walker tallied a career-high 14 rebounds against Wichita State on January 15 as part of a 42 rebound effort for the Sycamores. Walker's 14 rebounds are the most by a Sycamore in a single-game since Carl Richard had the same amount of Feb. 20, 2010 at Green Bay. ISU outrebounded the Shockers by a 42-36 margin, which marked the first time this season that the Shockers were out rebounded in a game.


63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 61-54 over Drake on February 1 was ISU's ninth this season in which they have held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. Indiana State is 9-0 this season when holding an opponent under that total. Under second-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are a perfect 24-0 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 10-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less). The Sycamores are allowing 64.8 points per game this year, which ranks fifth best in the MVC.


Sycamores To Travel To Butler For 2012 SEARS BRACKETBUSTERS
Indiana State will be travelling to Butler for the 2012 SEARS Bracketbusters game on Saturday, February 18 as the Sycamores and Bulldogs renew an in-state rivalry for 123rd time in a series that has sat dormant since a 76-48 Butler victory on November 14, 2007 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Butler game will mark the eighth time that the Sycamores have participated in the Bracketbusters series with Indiana State holding a 3-4 record (1-2 home, 2-2 away).


Jake Odum Nationally-Ranked In Assists and Steals While Near The Top Of The Valley In Both
Indiana State sophomore guard Jake Odum is third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 5.2 assists per game average. That mark is ranked 44th nationally. Odum recorded a career-high 12 assists against Fairfield as part of the Old Spice Classic. Odum is second in the MVC in steals per game with a 1.9 average, which ranks 57th nationally.


Carl Richard Ranks Seventh All-Time In Sycamore Rebounding Record Book, Nearing 1,000 Career Points
Senior Carl Richard pulled down five rebounds against Wichita State which gives him 687 for his career and is in seventh place all-time in the history of the Sycamore basketball program. Richard needs 44 more to catch George Pillow (1968-71) for sixth place. Additionally, Carl Richard has 982 career points and needs just 18 more to become the 34th member of ISU's 1,000 point club. Richard is also trying to become just the fifth Sycamores to record at least 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds in his career. The four who have done that are Larry Bird (2,850/1,247), Jerry Newsom (2,147, 953), Matt Renn (1,347/789) and Jim Cruse (1,049/771).


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are now 19-5 (.792) inside Hulman Center under second-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 10 of their last 12 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 11 of their last 15 MVC games at home.


Printy Is Second On Indiana State 3-Point List
Indiana State junior Jordan Printy currently has 196 career 3-pointers and recently passed Eddie Bird for second on the ISU all-time list. Printy is one of just 14 Sycamores in the history of the program to hit at least 100 3-point field goals in a career. Printy needs 87 more to tie Michael Menser for first on the ISU all-time 3-point list with 283. Additionally, Printy is the older brother of Iowa women's basketball sophomore Jaime Printy who was the 2010 Big Ten Freshman Of The Year. The Iowa women's basketball team received an at large bid into the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament also last season made Jordan and Jaime the only brother/sister combo in the Big Dance in 2011.


Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State is 8-5 on the season when the Sycamores' starting five outscores the opponents' starting five. ISU's starters outscored the opponent's twice against Louisiana-Monroe and against Green Bay plus Texas Tech, Fairfield, Maryville, Evansville and Northern Iowa this season and won. ISU starters outscored Minnesota, Boise State, Missouri State , Wichita State and at Bradley, but fell to each. Under second-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 20-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.


Defense Sets The Tone Against The Warhawks
The 35 points allowed by the Sycamore defense against Louisiana-Monroe is the fewest an ISU team has allowed since the shot clock was adopted prior to the 1985-86 campaign. The previous best defensive showing came as part of a 38-37 defeat at the hands of Long Beach State on Dec. 23, 2004 as part of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, the Sycamores improved to a perfect 22-0 under Lansing (7-0 this season) when holding teams under 63 points, including a 10-0 mark when limiting teams to 53 points or less.


Sycamores Down Nationally-Ranked Vanderbilt On The Road
Indiana State's win over No. 25 Vanderbilt was its first over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 72-64 home court victory over No. 14 Butler on December 9, 2006. The win over Vanderbilt was the first for the Sycamores over a nationally-ranked road opponent since a 63-60 win over No. 15 Indiana in Assembly Hall on December 12, 1999. The win over Vanderbilt was also the first by a Sycamore team over a member of the Southeastern Conference since a 1984 home court victory over the Commodores.


Triple-Double For Odum And Tournament Record To Boot
Sycamore sophomore guard Jake Odum battled a foot injury while playing three games in four days at the 2011 Old Spice Classic. After two solid performances in the first two days of the event, Odum saved his best for last as he posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Fairfield on November 27. That triple-double was the first by a Sycamore since Larry Bird posted one in 1979 versus Drake and the first by a member of the MVC in 14 seasons. Additionally, the 12 assists are an Old Spice Classic single-game record. His 12 assists is the first double digit assist total in his career and the first by a Sycamore since Michael Menser had 11 against Wichita State in 2001.


Indiana State Goes 2-1 At 2011 Old Spice Classic
Indiana State downed Texas Tech and Fairfield while falling to Minnesota as the Sycamores put together a 2-1 record at the 2011 Old Spice Classic held over Thanksgiving Weekend on the campus of Walt Disney World Resort. The Sycamores have now won two games in a row of over members of the Big 12 Conference (Texas Tech and Oklahoma in the 2001 NCAA Tournament). Jake Odum was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team. ISU is the third MVC team to play in the event and the third place finish is the highest by any league team.


Indiana State Opens Tournament Play With A Win Over BCS School For First Time Since 1973
Indiana State's victory over Texas Tech in the opening round of the 2011 Old Spice Classic marked the second consecutive year that the Sycamores have opened an early season multi-team event with a win. ISU downed Texas Pan-American in the opening game of a tournament at Loyola-Chicago last season. Prior to the victory over Texas Tech, the last time a Sycamore team opened a tournament such as the Old Spice Classic with a win over a BCS school came on December 27, 1973 when ISU downed Florida State in the first game of the Bear Classic, played on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.


Sycamore Signees
Indiana State second year head coach Greg Lansing announced a pair of signees during the NCAA Early Signing Period in November of 2011. ISU has inked TJ Bell (Charleston, Ill./Charleston HS) and Rhett Smith (Sullivan, Ind./Sullivan HS) to national letters of intent and they will begin their Sycamore careers as freshman in time for the 2012-13 campaign.

 

Bell is a 6-8 guard/forward who will begin his senior season at Charleston (Ill.) High School later this month. He was listed early in his career as one of the Top 25 players in the state of Illinois and averaged 13.9 points as well as 8.2 rebounds as a junior. Bell was named to the All-Apollo Conference in 2011 for his Charleston team which finished with a 16-13 record.

 

Smith is a 6-7 post player who will begin his senior campaign next week for Sullivan High School and head coach Jeff Moore. He has been the Golden Arrows leading scorer each of his first three seasons of playing at the varsity level. He averaged 17.3 points per game last season as a junior despite missing playing time due to a hand injury. Smith connected on 61.6 percent of his shots from the field. He scored a season-best 28 points against West Vigo during the 2010-11 campaign.

 

Up Next
Indiana State continues its two-game MVC homestand on Tuesday, February 14 when they host Illinois State. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) inside Hulman Center in a game that will be televised on Comcast Chicago Plus as well as ESPN3.com.


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