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Sycamores Host Creighton And ESPN2 On Senior Day

February 24, 2012
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INDIANA STATE SPORTS INFORMATION

SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State concludes the regular season portion of year two of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, February 25, when the Sycamores host Creighton (24-5, 13-4 MVC). Tip-off is set for 4:05 (ET) inside Hulman Center. The game can be seen live nationally on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Stephen Bardo 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 available for free on the web via ESPN3.com.


THE CREIGHTON SERIES
Creighton holds a 51-24 lead in the all-time series. The ‘Jays won this season's first meeting by a score of 75-49 on January 22 in Omaha. Creighton owns a slim 17-16 advantage in games played in Terre Haute, and the Sycamores have won the last two meetings inside Hulman Center.


THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, ‘90)
- at Indiana State: 37-26 (Second Season)
- Overall: 37-26 (Second Season)
- vs. Creighton: 1-2
- vs. MVC: 20-15
Creighton: Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, ‘88)
- Overall: 327-216 (18th Season)
- at Creighton: 47-21 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 10-4


QUICK HITS
- The Sycamores are 9-1 this season when scoring at least 68 points and are a perfect 10-0 when holding teams to 63 points or less.
- ISU is 11-4 this season when senior Myles Walker grabs at least five rebounds while they are 11-4 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 210 career 3-pointers, which is second most all-time in the history of the program and he is one of just two Sycamores to hit at least 200 3-pointers in his career.
- ISU is 10-2 this season when holding an opponent under 42.1 percent field goal shooting percentage, are 9-0 when holding an opponent to 30 rebounds or less and own an 10-1 record when recording at least 14 assists.
- Indiana State is 11-1 this season after recording 15 or more free throws made.
- Indiana State was a perfect 12-of-12 from 3-point range on February 11 against Southern Illinois which is a new NCAA record for most consecutive 3-pointers made, best 3-point field goal percentage with at least 10 attempts and most attempts by a team that hits all of their 3-pointers.
- Indiana State is 2-0 in overtime games this season and are 10-5 when going to extra periods over the last five years.
- Jake Odum scored a team season-high 34 points against Illinois State on February 14, giving him six consecutive games of reaching double figures scoring and marks the sixth 20-point game of his career. Add in his seven assists and seven rebounds, Odum is the first player to go 34-7-7 in the NCAA this season. Odum is the first college basketball player to post 17 made free throws and seven assists in the same game since North Dakota State's Ben Woodside did it in 2008 against Stephen F. Austin. Odum's 34 points marked the first Sycamore with a 30-point game since Marico Stinson's 37 points in December of 2006 against Drake and is the fifth-highest single game performance in the MVC this year.


An Indiana State Win Over Creighton Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 22-5 at home under Greg Lansing, including a mark of 14-4 in home MVC contests.
• Give the Sycamores three consecutive home court victories over Creighton for the first time since a stretch from Jan. 16, 1992 until Jan. 8, 1994.
• Give the Sycamores at least a .500 record in Missouri Valley Conference play for three consecutive seasons for just the third time in the history of the program with the last coming from 1997-98 until 2000-01 (four consecutive years).
• Guarantee the Sycamores a seed between No. 3 and No. 5 at the State Farm MVC Tournament.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 37-26 (.587) overall in his second season as a head coach. He is 20-15 all-time in MVC games, including a 13-4 mark at home and a 7-11 mark on the road. During his career, he is 21-5 in all home games, 10-17 on the road, 6-4 in neutral court contests and 12-4 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 1-2 all-time against Creighton, and is 1-0 inside Hulman Center. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-2 in overtime games and 25-0 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Saturday's game is Greg Lansing's 64th 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 Creighton game marks the Sycamores' school-record 12th appearance on the ESPN Family Of Networks and will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com or via the Watch ESPN app available on most smartphones and tablets.


A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 116th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,384-1,193 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.


Sycamores Defense Key To Road Win Over Missouri State
Indiana State's defense limited Missouri State to just 20-of-64 shooting from the field (31.3 percent), which is the best field goal percentage defense mark for the Sycamores this season. ISU allowed only 46 points to the Bears, marking their lowest offensive output in the four-year history of the JQH Arena and the 13 point margin of victory (59-46) tied for the largest win by an opponent in the building. Prior to the win over Missouri State, the Sycamores' best defensive performance came on February 1 when they limited Drake on to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field (18-of-54). The effort at MSU also topped the 36 percent output the Sycamores put forth against Northern Iowa on January 25 to start a three-game winning streak. For the season, ISU is 10-2 when holding teams under a 42.1 field goal percentage and are 4-0 when the opposition connects on 18 field goals or less.


It's All Jumbled Up Heading Into The Final Day Of MVC Play
While four teams have secured their spot in the State Farm MVC Tournament on March 1-4 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, there are still six teams jockeying for position for seeds No. 3-8. The Sycamores were picked to finish third in this year's MVC race and a win over Creighton, coupled with victories by Evansville and Wichita State on Saturday would land ISU right where they were picked. Heading into the final day of MVC play, all five games will impact the final seeding in some fashion, with there still being 32 possible scenarios in play.


Carl Richard One Of Six Sycamores All-Time To Record At Least 1,000 Points and 700 Rebounds
Senior Carl Richard pulled down five rebounds against Missouri State to give him 700 for his career and is in seventh place all-time in the history of the Sycamore basketball program. Richard needs 31 more to catch George Pillow (1968-71) for sixth place. Additionally, Carl Richard scored nine points versus Illinois State on February 14 and has 1,015 career points which makes him the 34th member of ISU's 1,000-point club. Richard is just the sixth Sycamore to record at least 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds in his career. The five who have done it already are Larry Bird (2,850/1,247), Jerry Newsom (2,147, 953), Matt Renn (1,347/789), George Pillow (1,253/731) and Jim Cruse (1,049/771).


Jake Odum Posts Career-High 34 Points Against Illinois State
Indiana State sophomore Jake Odum tallied a career-high and team season-high 34 points against Illinois State on February 14 inside Hulman Center against Illinois State. Odum's 34 points are the fourth-highest single-game total in the Missouri Valley Conference this year and marks the first 30 point scoring performance by a Sycamore since Marico Stinson posted 37 against Drake in 2006. Adding in his seven rebounds and seven assists, Odum is the only player in the NCAA to go 34-7-7 in a game this year. He finished the game with an 8-of-12 mark from the field and was 17-of-21 from the free throw line. He is the first player to record at least 17 free throws and seven assists in the same game since North Dakota State's Ben Woodside did it in 2008 against Stephen F. Austin. His 17 free throws made are a season-best in the MVC and represent seventh-most ever made in a MVC contest. The 17 free throws made are the most since Northern Iowa's Adam Koch converted 18 against Missouri State in January of 2009. Odum's 21 attempts from the charity stripe is sixth-best in the MVC record book for a conference game and are the most since Drake's Lonnie Randolph attempted 24 (making 22) in 2005 against Northern Iowa.


Jake Odum One Of Three Players Nationally To Average High Numbers In Points, Rebounds, And Assists
Indiana State sophomore Jake Odum is averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.3 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 13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 7.9 apg while Kaylon Williams of Milwaukee is averaging 10.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 6.1 apg so far this year to join Odum with that same lofty national statistical status. Odum's 153 assists this year are the eighth-most in a single-season at ISU.


Indiana State Reaches 17 Regular Season Victories For Third Consecutive Season; First Time Since Larry Bird Era
With its 59-46 victory over Missouri State on February 22, the Sycamores have now 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.


Mahurin Starts Hot At Butler To Score A Career-High 22 Points
RJ Mahurin hit each of his first attempts from 3-point range as the Sycamores hit each of their first five at Butler. Mahurin earned the start and went 6-of-10 from the field and finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range and was 6-of-11 from the free throw line in leading the team with a career-high 22 points. It marked his first 20-point scoring game of this career.


Sycamores Set Three NCAA Records For 3-Point Shooting Against Southern Illinois
Indiana State set a trio of NCAA records as part of its 78-68 home court victory on February 11 against Southern Illinois. The Sycamores were a perfect 12-of-12 from 3-point range, which is the most 3-point makes and attempts in a single-game without missing a shot ever amongst all levels of NCAA competition. The best previous NCAA Division I perfect game from 3-point range belonged to Minnesota who was 9-of-9 in 2009. Additionally, the Sycamores 12-of-12 mark from behind the arch is the best percentage for a team with at least 10 attempts, besting Ohio State's 14-of-15 mark on March 6, 2011 and the 12 made 3-pointers in a row is the most consecutive 3-pointers made in a single-game by one team since 1987. ISU's 64.1 percent shooting mark (25-of-39) is its best overall shooting percentage in a game since 1992.


Jordan Printy Break Out Of 3-Point Skid In A Big Way Against Southern Illinois & Illinois State
Jordan Printy broke out his recent 3-point shooting slump in a big way against Southern Illinois (Feb. 11) and Illinois State (Feb. 14) as he connected on all six of his 3-point attempts versus the Salukis and was 4-of-6 versus the Redbirds, as he has hit 14 of his last 20 attempts from long range, including a 2-of-3 showing at Missouri State. Printy was mired in a 1-for-12 3-point skid as he went 0-of-2 against Drake and was 0-of-5 against Wichita State. He hit 1-of-5 at Bradley before breaking out of it with the 6-of-6 shooting performance against Southern Illinois, which is the best performance to date in the MVC and trails only three 7-of-7 performances nationally this season. His 18 points and six treys against SIU tied career highs set in 2010 at Missouri State.


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 5.3 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 third in the MVC in steals per game with a 1.8 average, which ranks 72nd nationally.


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.


Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State is 11-5 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, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Missouri State 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 23-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.


63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 59-46 at Missouri State on February 22 was ISU's 10th this season in which they have held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. Indiana State is 10-0 this season when holding an opponent under that total. Under second-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are a perfect 25-0 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 11-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less). The Sycamores are allowing 65.2 points per game this year, which ranks fifth best in the MVC.


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 21-5 (.808) inside Hulman Center under second-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 12 of their last 14 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 17 MVC games at home.


Printy Is Second On Indiana State 3-Point List
Indiana State junior Jordan Printy currently has 210 career 3-pointers and most 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 and is one of just two to post at least 200. Printy needs 73 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. This season, Printy has made 57 treys, which is eighth-best for a single-season at ISU.


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 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 is a senior at Charleston (Ill.) High School. 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 is a senior 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 will compete at the State Farm MVC Tournament inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., from March 1-4. Complete pairings, game times and opponent information will be released on Saturday evening following the completion of all five league games. All nine games of the MVC Tournament will be televised on MVC TV with the championship game being shown on CBS.


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