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Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Travel To Eastern Illinois Saturday Night

December 7, 2013


Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, December 7 when the Sycamores (5-2) travel to Eastern Illinois (3-5) to begin a three-game road swing inside Lantz Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised online via the OVC Digital Network, at no cost. 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.


Indiana State leads the all-time series with Eastern Illinois by a 88-34 margin. ISU has played Eastern Illinois and Butler more than any other team in the history of the program. The two teams did not play last season. ISU won the last meeting between the two clubs on November 11, 2011 inside Hulman Center by the score of 79-72. The Sycamores won the last meeting between the two teams in Charleston by a 66-58 count on December 3, 2005. ISU has won each of the last five meetings against the Panthers.


INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 61-46 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 61-46 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Eastern Illinois: 1-0
- vs. MVC: 29-25
EASTERN ILLINOIS: Jay Spoonhour (Pittsburg St., 1994)
- Overall: 20-29 (Third Season)
- at Eastern Illinois: 14-25 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting


- Indiana State is 40-4 when holding teams to 63 points or less under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 15-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less).
- Indiana State has earned 47 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 21-12 in close games.
- Jake Odum now has 485 career assists which ranks him fifth on the Indiana State Career List. His 180 steals also ranks fifth at Indiana State. He is one of eight Sycamores to be in ISU Top 10 for both assists and steals in a career.
- Jake Odum now has 1,217 career points scored as he tossed in 16 against Pepperdine and currently sits 20th 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 scored over 80 points in five of their first seven games this season for the first time since 1984. The Sycamores scored 80 or more in five games in a row during that season.
- The Sycamores recorded 35 made field goals against Alaska-Anchorage which is the most in a single-game since 1996.
- Indiana State was credited with 23 assists versus Alaska-Anchorage which is the most by the Sycamores since 2003.
- The Sycamores are a perfect 4-0 this season when hitting at least 50 percent of their 3-point attempts.
- Justin Gant has led the Sycamores in scoring in four of seven games so far in 2013.
- ISU has recorded more steals than the opposition in each of the last four contests.
- The Sycamores 10 steals against Pepperdine are the most since tallying the same amount versus UCLA in 2012.


An Indiana State Win Over Eastern Illinois Would ...
• Be the Sycamores’ 89th all-time victory over the Panthers as well as their sixth in a row in the series.
• Give the Sycamores a 6-2 start to the season, tying them with the 2011-12 squad for the best start through eight games under head coach Greg Lansing.
• Give the Sycamores their first road victory over a member of the Ohio Valley Conference since a 79-62 win at Murray State on February 23, 2008.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 61-46 (.570) overall in his fourth 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 34-10 in all home games, 16-27 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 21-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 1-0 against Eastern Illinois, and is 0-0 against the Panthers on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 40-4 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 108th 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 Eastern Illinois game will be televised online by the OVC Digital Network. Fans should go to OVCDigitalNetwork.com to access the free web cast.


A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,408-1,213 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.


Justin Gant Named To All-Great Alaska Shootout Team
Indiana State’s Justin Gant averaged 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as the Sycamores went 2-1 at the Great Alaska Shootout with victories over the host Alaska-Anchorage and Pepperdine. Gant hit 18-of-31 shots (58.1 percent), including a pair of 3-pointers and added six free throws with five assists, two blocked shots and one steal . He was named to the 2013 All-Great Alaska Shootout Team. Gant had his best game of the tournament when he scored 19 points against the Seawolves by hitting 8-of-14 shots from the field and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Against Pepperdine in the Consolation Final, Gant led the team with 18 points as he hit 7-of-9 shots from the field (77.8 percent), including an early 3-pointer and was 3-of-4 at the free throw line. In the close 73-70 victory over the Waves, Gant hit a pair of field goals in the final two minutes to keep ISU right there with Pepperdine before they surged ahead in the final minute. In the opener against Tulsa, Gant scored seven points.


Sycamores Continue Run Of Success In Multi-Team Events Under Head Coach Greg Lansing
Indiana State went 2-1 at the Great Alaska Shootout with victories over host Alaska-Anchorage as well as Pepperdine to secure fourth place in the event. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores have gone at least 2-1 in their early season multi-team event (2011 at Old Spice Classic, 2012 at Diamondhead Classic, 2013 at Great Alaska Shootout). The Sycamores are 7-5 in multi-team events under Lansing.


Jake Odum Records A Double-Double In Victory Over Alaska-Anchorage
The Indiana State Sycamores recorded a 97-87 victory over host Alaska-Anchorage in the Great Alaska Shootout on November 29. As part of the victory, Jake Odum pulled off a rare double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. He had six rebounds against the Seawolves which put him just four rebounds shy of his second career triple-double.


Sycamores Top 35 Field Goal Mark For First Time Since 1996 At Alaska-Anchorage
The Indiana State Sycamores recorded 35 field goals made against Alaska-Anchorage on November 29. Those 35 field goals are the most made by a Sycamore basketball team since tallying 36 against Middle Tennessee State in 1996. ISU recorded 23 assists on those 35 field goals, which is the most by a Sycamore team since posting 25 against Evansville in 2003.


Devonte Brown Pours In 18 Points Against Tulsa
Indiana State sophomore Devonte Brown scored a career-high 18 points as he hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and tacked on eight free throws in a narrow 63-62 defeat at the hands of Tulsa in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Brown had just set a career-high with 13 points prior to the trip to Alaska at home against Truman State on November 22.


Khristian Smith Tallies Career-Best 28 Points Off The Bench At Belmont; Named MVC Player Of The Week
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player Of The Week as announced on Nov. 18 by the league office. Smith averaged 21.5 points per game while hitting 16-of-24 shots (66.7 percent), including 5-of-7 from 3-point range (71.4 percent) as the Sycamores fell narrowly 96-95 to Belmont before winning 83-70 at No. 21/22 Notre Dame to cap off the week. He tallied a career-high 28 points by hitting 10-of-13 shots and 4-of-5 from 3-point range at Belmont to go with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes of action.The Sycamores trailed early against Notre Dame before Smith entered the game off the bench to score 15 points in the road victory over nationally-ranked Notre Dame. Smith hit 6-of-11 shots from the field, a 3-pointer and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the free throw line with four rebounds against the Fighting Irish. It is the first career MVC Player Of The Week honor for Smith. He is joined by Illinois State’s Michael Middlebrooks who was named the MVC Newcomer Of The Week.


Sycamores Take Down Third Consecutive Nationally-Ranked Opponent With Victory At No. 21/22 Notre Dame
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).


Indiana State Offense Reached 80 Points In Each Of First Four Games
The Indiana State basketball program opened the 2013-14 campaign with four consecutive games of scoring 80 or more points. ISU scored 82 at home against Ball State, 95 at Belmont, 83 on the road against nationally-ranked Notre Dame and returned home to score 80 versus Truman State. The last time a Sycamore team scored over 80 points in four consecutive games was from December 11-29, 1984 when the Sycamores went 5-0 against Minnesota (94-86), at Ball State (91-96), SIU-Edwardsville (83-67), Vanderbilt (88-77) and Millikin (113-60).


Jake Odum Reaches Top 20 In Scoring At Indiana State
Sycamore point guard Jake Odum has 1,217 career points and cracked the top 20 on the ISU scoring chart with eight points against Tulsa. Odum topped the 1,000 point mark last season as he became just the eighth Sycamore to reach that milestone before the end of their junior campaign.


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 16 points against Pepperdine, Odum now has 1,217 career points, which is 18th on the ISU scoring list and needs six more to tie Gabe Moore for 17th. 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 180 career steals, which ranks him fifth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing eight more to reach fourth place which is currently held by Michael Menser (188 from 1997-01). Odum also now has 485 assists for his career which is good enough for fifth place. He needs 11 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).


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.


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.


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.


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 33-10 (.767) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 24 of their last 31 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 20 of their last 27 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.


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 40-4 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 and are already 2-0 in 2013-14 when doing so. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 36-12 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent’s starters.


Up Next
Indiana State returns to action on Saturday, December 14 when they travel to Missouri-Kansas City. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. (ET), and will be televised locally on WTWO-TV.

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