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Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Illinois State As Valley Midpoint Nears

January 24, 2014
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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, January 25 when the Sycamores (15-4, 6-1 MVC) return home to take on Illinois State (11-8, 4-3 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 6:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised locally on WAWV-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp), Jim Waugh (color) and Katie Hargitt (sidelines) 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 on the call. There will be a live audio stream available on GoSycamores.com. Live statistics can also be found on GoSycamores.com. Additionally, a pay-per-view web stream will be available on GoSycamores.com.

 

THE ILLINOIS STATE SERIES
Illinois State holds a 59-50 lead in the all-time series against the Sycamores. The two teams split their matchups last season. The Sycamores have won eight of the last 13 in the series. Indiana State is 34-17 against the Redbirds in Terre Haute and have won each of the last six meetings at home. Illinois State last won in Terre Haute on February 14, 2007.

 

THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 71-48 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 71-48 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Illinois State: 4-2
- vs. MVC: 35-26
ILLINOIS STATE: Dan Muller (Illinois St., 1998)
- Overall: 29-23 (Second Season)
- at Illinois State: 29-23 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 1-1

 

QUICK HITS
- Indiana State is 48-4 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 50 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 24-12 in close games.
- The Sycamores are 8-4 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which leads the league and is third-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 541 career assists which ranks him third on the Indiana State Career List. His 197 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 1,355 career points scored as he tossed in 14 at Loyola and currently sits ninth 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.
- 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 Illinois State Would ...
• Extend the Sycamores’ home court winning streak to seven games over the Redbirds.
• Give the Sycamores a 7-1 start to MVC play --- its best since a 7-1 burst of the gate in 1999-00.
• Improve the Sycamores a perfect 8-0 this season inside Hulman Center.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 71-48 (.597) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 35-26 all-time in MVC games, including a 23-7 mark at home and a 12-19 record on the road. During his career, he is 39-10 in all home games, 21-29 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 24-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 4-2 against Illinois State, and is 3-0 against the Redbirds at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 48-4 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 120th 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 4-10 record, including a 3-5 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.

 

Television Particulars
The Illinois State game will be broadcast locally on WAWV-TV. Additionally, a pay-per-view web stream will be available through Sycamore Vision -- a subscription service provided by GoSycamores.com.

 

A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,418-1,215 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.

 

Bench Play Key To Road Victory Over Illinois State
Of Indiana State’s 65 points scored in a 65-61 road victory over Loyola, 37 came from the bench. Khristian Smith paced the team with 18 points and four rebounds while Brandon Burnett notched a career-high 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the victory. Also of note was the bench’s 11-of-22 (50 percent) shooting percentage in a game in which the team’s shooting percentage was 38.5 percent (20-of-52).

 

Dawon Cummings Posts 19 Points At Nationally-Ranked Wichita State
Dawon Cummings averaged 16.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as the Sycamores split a pair of contests against Missouri State and nationally-ranked Wichita State. Cummings hit 54.2 percent of his shots from the field (13-of-24), including a 41.7 percent mark from 3-point range (5-of-12). He added five assists, six steals and one blocked shot. He tied for the team lead with 14 points in a 70-55 home court victory over the Bears. Cummings finished that game with a 6-of-10 mark from the field and tied his career-high with four steals. He led the team with 19 points at Wichita State as he was 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the field and hit a trio of 3-pointers. He added two assists, one block and two steals versus the Shockers.

 

Sycamores Off To One Of Best Starts In MVC Play In School History
Indiana State is off to a 6-1 start to league play which is its best since a 6-1 burst of the gate in 1999-00, the last season the Sycamores clinched the MVC Regular Season Championship. Additionally, as part of their five MVC victories, three have come on the road. This is the first time since 1978-79 that a Sycamore team won each of their first three road games in league competition.

 

Sycamore Senior Class Still On Par With Larry Bird Era Teams For Victories Over Nationally-Ranked Foes
Despite the loss to No. 5 Wichita State on January 18, Indiana State still owns 13 all-time victories against nationally-ranked opponents. Of those 13, eight 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.

 

Indiana State Enjoying Life On The Road
The Indiana State Sycamores are off to a 15-4 start and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 7-3 in true road contests this year and factoring in the neutral court victory over Pepperdine have eight victories away from Hulman Center so far this season. Indiana State’s seven 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 (8) for most road victories nationally.

 

Jake Odum Is The First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists
With 506 career made free throws, Indiana State’s Jake Odum is part of a group of just 12 other players in MVC history to make 500 free throws. Odum also has eclipsed 500 career assists (541). With his four made free throws at Wichita State on January 18, he became the first player in MVC history to reach 500 in both stats. His 506 career made free throws ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just 37 made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.

 

Sycamores Only Team In America With 5 Double Digit Scorers Who All Shoot Better Than 33 Percent From 3-Point Range
Indiana State is the only team in the country with five double-figure scorers who shoot 33 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 33.3 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 14 points against Loyola, Odum now has 1,355 career points, which is ninth on the ISU scoring list and needs 77 more to tie Duane Klueh and Carl Nicks for seventh on the ISU scoring chart.. 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 541 assists for his career which is good enough for third place. He needs 10 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 entered 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 65-61 on January 22 against Loyola was ISU’s eighth 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 48-4 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.

 

Up Next
Indiana State plays its next two games on the road, beginning with a road trip to Southern Illinois on Wednesday, January 29. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast locally on WTWO-TV as well as nationally on ESPN3.


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