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Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores And Bears Collide Wednesday Night Inside Hulman Center

January 15, 2014


Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, January 15 when the Sycamores (13-3, 4-0 MVC) stay home to face Missouri State (12-4, 2-2 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN3 with Scott Warmann (pbp and Rich Zvosek (color) 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 (color) 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 video stream is available on GoSycamores.com.


Missouri State owns a 38-22 lead in the all-time series against Indiana State, but the Sycamores have won three of the last four meetings. The two teams split the season series last year. Indiana State is 16-12 against the Bears inside Hulman Center and have won three of the last four in Terre Haute.


INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 69-47 (Fourth Season) 
- Overall: 69-47 (Fourth Season) 
- vs. Missouri State: 4-3
- vs. MVC: 33-25
MISSOURI STATE: Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995)
- Overall: 41-65 (Fourth Season) 
- at Missouri State: 39-42 (Third Season) 
- vs. Indiana State: 2-2


- Indiana State is 46-4 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 49 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 23-12 in close games.
- The Sycamores are 7-3 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which leads the league and is second-best nationally to Manhattan’s eight.
- Jake Odum now has 526 career assists which ranks him third on the Indiana State Career List. His 196 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 1,330 career points scored as he tossed in 12 versus Bradley and currently sits 11th 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 eight of their first 16 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 Missouri State Would ...
• Improve the Sycamores to 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign.
• Give the Sycamores a perfect 7-0 mark at home.
• Improve the Sycamores to 17-12 at home against Missouri State, including victories in four of the last five meetings in Hulman Center.
• Give the Sycamores a 14-3 overall record, which would be the best record through 17 games since the 1978-79 season which was a 17-0 start.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 69-47 (.595) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 33-25 all-time in MVC games, including a 22-7 mark at home and a 11-18 record on the road. During his career, he is 38-10 in all home games, 20-28 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 23-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 4-3 against Missouri State, and is 2-1 against the Bears at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 46-4 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 117th 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 Missouri State will be televised nationally on ESPN 3 and the Watch ESPN app as part of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Television package. Fans can access the broadcast with a valid television or home internet subscription by visiting WatchESPN.com or downloading the Watch ESPN app on many smartphones and tablets. Additionally, a pay-per-view web stream is available on Sycamore Vision, which is a subscription based 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 1,416-1,214 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.


Sycamores Off To One Of Best Starts In MVC Play In School History
Indiana State is off to a 4-0 start to league play for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign and just the third since joining the league in 1976. The last time ISU started MVC play with a 4-0 mark came during the 1978-79 campaign when the Sycamores tallied a perfect 16-0 record en route to winning each of their first 33 contests. Additionally, as part of their three MVC victories, two have come on the road. This is the first time since 1978-79 that a Sycamore team has won each of their first two road games in league competition.


Indiana State Enjoying Life On The Road
The Indiana State Sycamores are off to a 13-3 start and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 6-2 in true road contests this year and factoring in the neutral court victory over Pepperdine have seven victories away from Hulman Center so far this season. Indiana State’s six 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 (7) for most road victories nationally.


Jake Odum Keys Sweep Of Drake And Bradley In Second Week Of MVC Play
Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum paced the Sycamores with a 13.5 ppg and 4.0 rebounds per game average as the Sycamores won at Drake (77-73) and defeated Bradley (62-59) at home to improve to a perfect 4-0 in MVC play. Odum hit 43.8 percent of his shots and drained 12 free throws over the two-game stretch. He led the team with 10 assists and added a pair of steals. Odum began the week with 15 points in the road victory over Drake. He added six assists and four rebounds with two steals. He went on to lead a balanced scoring attack with 12 points at home against Bradley as he connected on eight free throws and added four rebounds as well as four assists.


Jake Odum Close To Becoming First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists
With 496 career made free throws, Indiana State’s Jake Odum is looking to join just 12 other players in MVC history to make 500 free throws. Odum already has eclipsed 500 career assists (526 through games of Jan. 12, 2014). With four more made free throws, he’ll be the first player in MVC history to reach 500 in both stats. His 496 career made free throws ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just 47 made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.


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.


Indiana State’s Offense Ranked Tops In The Missouri Valley Conference
The Indiana State offense ranks atop the Missouri Valley Conference with a 77.1 ppg average as six of the league’s 10 teams are averaging over 70 points per game. The Sycamores are the MVC’s best free throw shooting team as they have hit 271-of-371 attempts from the charity stripe (73.0 percent) and from the field are best in the MVC with a 48.7 field goal percentage (ninth-best in the NCAA). ISU also leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage as they have hit 111-of-271 attempts from long range (41.0 percent). The Sycamores 41.0 percent mark from 3-point range ranks eighth nationally.


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. (Data is through games of Jan. 12.)


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 12 points against Bradley, Odum now has 1,330 career points, which is 11th on the ISU scoring list and needs 17 more to tie Matt Renn and 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 196 career steals, which ranks him fourth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing seven more to reach third place which is currently held by Gabe Moore (203 from 2004-08). Odum also now has 526 assists for his career which is good enough for third place. He needs 25 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).


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.


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 38-10 (.792) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 29 of their last 36 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 22 of their last 29 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 6-0 at home this season.


63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 62-59 on January 11 against Bradley was ISU’s sixth 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 46-4 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 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.


Up Next
Indiana State travels to nationally-ranked Wichita State on Saturday, January 18. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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