Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Travel To Drake On Wednesday Night
January 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, January 8 when the Sycamores (11-3, 2-0 MVC) continue MVC play at Drake (10-4, 1-1 MVC) inside the Drake Knapp Center. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET). The game will not be televised, but will be available on Bulldog Vision via subscription on GoDrakeBulldogs.com. 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) on the call. There will be a live audio stream available on GoSycamores.com. Live statistics can also be found on GoSycamores.com.
THE DRAKE SERIES
Indiana State holds a 40-37 edge in the all-time series against Drake, which dates back to 1945. The Sycamores have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Bulldogs, despite Drake taking both games last season. The Sycamores are 11-25 on the road against Drake, but have won two of the last four trips to Des Moines.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 67-47 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 67-47 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Drake: 3-3
- vs. MVC: 31-25
DRAKE: Ray Giacoletti (Minot St., 1985)
- Overall: 181-127 (11th Season)
- at Drake: 10-4 (First Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
- Indiana State is 45-4 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 47 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 21-12 in close games.
- Jake Odum now has 516 career assists which ranks him fourth on the Indiana State Career List. His 194 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 1,303 career points scored as he tossed in 14 at Evansville and currently sits 12th 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 seven of their first 13 games this season, including four in a row 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 5-0 this season when hitting at least 50 percent of their 3-point attempts.
- The Sycamores have recorded double figures steals in three games this season (11 vs. Belmont and 10 vs. Pepperdine & Loyola).
An Indiana State Win Over Drake Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
• Give the Sycamores a win in their first two road MVC contests for the first time since 1978-79.
• Improve the Sycamores to 2-2 inside the Knapp Center under Greg Lansing.
• Give the Sycamores a victory in eight of their last 11 meetings against Drake.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 67-47 (.588) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 31-25 all-time in MVC games, including a 21-7 mark at home and a 10-18 record on the road. During his career, he is 37-10 in all home games, 19-28 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 21-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 3-3 against Drake, and is 1-2 against the Bulldogs on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 45-4 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). Wednesday’s game will be Greg Lansing’s 115th 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.
No live television is planned for this game in Indiana. It will be shown live locally in Des Moines in Mediacom. Additionally, the game is available on a subscription basis via Bulldog Vision on GoDrakeBulldogs.com.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,414-1,214 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.
Khristian Smith Leads Sycamores To Road Victory Over Evansville With 27 Points
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith averaged 16 points and five rebounds as the Sycamores opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a pair of double digit victories over Loyola (home) and Evansville (road). Smith hit 13-of-19 shots from the field (68.4 percent), including a trio of 3-pointers. He added two assists, two blocked shots and one steal over the week. At Evansville, Smith finished one point shy of his career-high with 27 points. He hit 11-of-13 shots from the field and was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Smith tallied six rebounds with one assist, one blocked shot and one steal. He came off the bench to score 13 points in the first half and then keyed a mid-second half run which opened up the contest, including a personal 5-0 run which pushed the lead into double figures with just under 10 minutes to play. Smith added five points, four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in the MVC opener against Loyola.
Double Digit Victories To Open MVC Play Are Rare At Indiana State
Indiana State earned an 81-62 road victory over Evansville to improve to a perfect 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the second consecutive season. The 19-point margin of victory against the Purple Aces was the largest for the Sycamores at Evansville since a 24-point victory on the road in 1948. Prior to the Evansville victory, the Sycamores downed Loyola 70-58 on New Year’s Day to give the Sycamores a pair of double digit victories in the first two MVC contests. The last time a Sycamore team opened MVC play with a 2-0 record, and both victories were by 10 or more points, was during the historic 1978-79 campaign which saw Indiana State defeat Tulsa (101-89) and West Texas State (98-77).
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 Open MVC Play With Home Victory Over Loyola
Indiana State began its 37th season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference on New Years Day with a 70-58 victory over Loyola inside Hulman Center. ISU is now 16-21 all-time in Valley openers, including a 14-6 mark when opening the league slate at home. ISU won its first-ever MVC opener against Southern Illinois on January 4, 1977 at Hulman Center (66-58). ISU has now won its Valley opener for two consecutive seasons and are looking for back-to-back 2-0 starts with a win at Evansville on Saturday.
Indiana State’s Offense Ranked Tops In The Missouri Valley Conference
The Indiana State offense ranks atop the Missouri Valley Conference with a 78.2 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 235-of-320 attempts from the charity stripe (73.4 percent) and from the field are tops in the MVC with a 49.7 field goal percentage. ISU also leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage as they have hit 96-of-224 attempts from long range (42.9 percent). The Sycamores 42.3 percent mark from 3-point range ranks in the top 10 nationally.
Jake Odum Reaches Top 15 In Scoring At Indiana State
Sycamore point guard Jake Odum has 1,303 career points to rank 12th on the ISU all-time scoring chart after his 14 point performance at Evansville. 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. One of the many ways he has found the scoring column over his career is at the free throw line. He currently has made 484 career made free throws, which ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just 59 made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.
Jake Odum Named MVC Player Of The Week Following His 25 Point Performance Against Belmont
Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player Of The Week following his standout performance on December 28 in an 85-73 home court victory over Belmont. Odum paced the Sycamores with 25 points against the Bruins. Odum hit 50 percent of his field goals (7-of-14), including his lone 3-point attempt and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line. He added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals as well as a blocked shot in 34 minutes of action. He also led the MVC in points, assists and steals average over the week. He moved into fourth place all-time at ISU with 189 career steals following his four against Belmont. Odum’s 3-pointer came with 10:15 left in the first half and staked the Sycamores to a 22-17 lead while his conventional 3-point play at the 12:08 mark of the second half broke the game’s eighth tie and gave ISU a 49-46 lead and spurred a late run to victory.
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.
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 at Evansville, Odum now has 1,303 career points, which is 12th on the ISU scoring list and needs 18 more to tie Ray Goddard for 11th and is now just 44 points away from Matt Renn to 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 194 career steals, which ranks him fourth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing nine more to reach third place which is currently held by Gabe Moore (203 from 2004-08). Odum also now has 516 assists for his career which is good enough for fourth place. He needs one more to catch Jimmy Smith (517 from 1974 to 1978) for third 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).
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 37-10 (.787) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 28 of their last 35 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 21 of their last 28 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 5-0 at home this season.
63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 81-62 on January 4 at Evansville was ISU’s fifth 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 45-4 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 6-0 in 2013-14 when doing so. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 40-12 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent’s starters.
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.
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).
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 returns home for a two-game homestand beginning on Saturday, January 11 when they host Bradley. Tip-off is slated for 1:05 p.m. (ET).