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Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Undefeated Shockers Wednesday Night

February 5, 2014


Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, February 5 when the Sycamores (17-5, 8-2 MVC) host undefeated No. 2/4 Wichita State (23-0, 10-0 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised nationally on MVC TV and ESPN3 with Mitch Holthus (pbp) and Mark Adams (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.


Wichita State holds a 52-29 lead in the all-time series, as the Shockers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings. The two teams split last year and the Shockers downed the Sycamores 68-48 on January 18 in Wichita. ISU is 18-18 all-time against Wichita State at home, but the Shockers have won five straight inside Hulman Center. The Sycamores’ last defeated Wichita State at home in 2008. WSU has won each of the last two meetings.


INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 73-49 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 73-49 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Wichita State: 2-7
- vs. MVC: 37-27
WICHITA STATE: Gregg Marshall (Randolph-Macon, 1985)
- Overall: 356-153 (16th Season)
- at Wichita State: 162-70 (7th Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 12-4


The Wabash Valley has committed to “Paint The Town Blue” on Wednesday ahead of the game against Wichita State. All are being asked to help accomplish this by wearing blue all day long in support of the program and all in attendance should wear blue on Wednesday night. Additionally, all fans in attendance will have the chance to enter a drawing and on lucky fan will attempt a half court shot during the second half that will net them $10,000 if successful. The $10,000 half court shot is being sponsored by the Sycamore Athletic Foundation.


- Indiana State is 49-4 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 9-5 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which is tied for the Valley lead and is third-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 554 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 1,393 career points scored as he tossed in 17 at Northern Iowa 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.
- The Sycamores made 30 free throws at Northern Iowa on February 1, which marks the first time the team has topped the 30 made free throw mark since December of 2005 against Illinois State when they made 33.


An Indiana State Win Over Wichita State Would ...
• Break a five-game losing skid to the Shockers at home.
• Give the Sycamores a win over the No. 2 nationally-ranked Shockers -- the highest ever in the history of the program, topping a win over No. 5 Arkansas in the 1979 NCAA Regional Final.
• Be a school record fifth victory over a nationally-ranked for both coach Greg Lansing and players Jake Odum & Lucas Eitel.
• Give the Sycamores victories over nationally-ranked opponents for the fourth time in its last five attempts.
• Give the Sycamores their fourth consecutive season with 18 victories or more — a new school record.
• Improve the Sycamores to a perfect 9-0 at home this season.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 73-49 (.598) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 37-27 all-time in MVC games, including a 24-7 mark at home and a 13-20 record on the road. During his career, he is 40-10 in all home games, 22-30 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 24-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 2-7 against Wichita State, and is 0-3 against the Shockers at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 49-4 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 123rd 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 Wichita State game will be shown live nationally on the Missouri Valley Conference Television network as well as online via ESPN3. The telecast will be cleared live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City (combined 5.9 million homes), FOX College Sports Atlantic (56 million digital homes), Comcast SportsNet Chicago (4.9 million homes), ESPN3 (outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748). The ESPN3 live broadcast will be blacked out in states which house a MVC institution.


A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,420-1,216 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.


Wichita State Is Highest Ranked Team To Appear In Hulman Center Since Sycamores Were No. 1 In 1978-79
No. 2/4 Wichita State rolls into Hulman Center undefeated to face the Sycamores on Wednesday, February 5. The Shockers will be the highest ranked team the Sycamores have played (in the MVC era) as well as the highest ranked team to grace the Hulman Center court since the Sycamores were ranked No. 1 late in the 1978-79 campaign. Additionally, Wichita State is the first undefeated team to appear inside Hulman Center since that same Sycamore team in 78-79. The Shockers are 23-0 on the season and on February 5, 1979 the Sycamores were 20-0. Indiana State is 5-8 against nationally-ranked programs and the highest ranked teams to fall to the Sycamores inside Hulman Center are No. 12 Purdue (91-63) on November 28, 1977 as well as No. 12 Tulsa (100-94) on February 2, 1985. The Sycamores won their last matchup against a ranked team at home when they defeated No. 13 Creighton on February 6, 2013 (76-57). The Shockers broke a three-game winning streak for the Sycamores against teams in the Top 25 when the then No. 5 Shockers downed Indiana State 68-48 on January 18.


Jake Odum Scores In Double Figures During Last Week’s Road Trip
Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum paced the Sycamores with a 14.0 ppg and 5.0 rebounds per game average as the Sycamores split a pair of road contests against Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. Odum scored 17 points in the 87-81 road win over the Panthers as he hit 11 free throws while adding three rebounds and five assists. He moved into sole possession of second place on the Sycamore career assists chart with 554. Odum scored 11 points at Southern Illinois as he hit five free throws to go with three assists. For the week, Odum made 16-of-21 charity tosses (76.2 percent). He now is just 19 made free throws behind Larry Bird for the school career record.


All Five Sycamores Reach Double Figures Scoring In Victory At Northern Iowa
The Sycamores placed all five starters in double digit scoring as part of an 87-81 victory over Northern Iowa on February 1. Included in that total was sophomore Khristian Smith who tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to record his first career double-double. It marked the second time this season that all five Sycamore starters have reached double figures scoring (at Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 29, 2013 was the other). Prior to this season, the last time the Sycamores had placed all five starters in double figures was against Ole Miss in the Diamondhead Classic on December 12, 2012. This season the Sycamores are a perfect 5-0 when having at least five players in double figure scoring and are 9-0 when the Sycamore starters outscore the opposition’s starting five.


With One More Victory, Indiana State Can Reach 18 Victories For Fourth Consecutive Season For First Time In History
Indiana State is currently sitting on a 17-5 overall record and need just one more win to reach at least 18 for the fourth consecutive season. No stretch of such success can be found in school history as the previous record is three. Additionally, the Sycamores having already wrapped up their fifth consecutive winning season.


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.


Jake Odum Is The First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists
With 523 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 (554). 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 523 career made free throws ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just 20 made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 40-10 (.800) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 31 of their last 38 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 24 of their last 31 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 8-0 at home this season.


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 17 points at Northern Iowa, Odum now has 1,393 career points, which is ninth on the ISU scoring list and needs 39 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 554 assists for his career which is good enough for second place. He needs 62 more to catch Steve Reed (616 from 1977 to 1981) for the school record. 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).


Indiana State Enjoying Life On The Road
The Indiana State Sycamores are off to a 17-5 start and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 8-4 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 eight true road victories are the most by any team in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and trail only Stephen F. Austin (10) and are tied with Manhattan (8) for the most road victories nationally.


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.


63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 76-62 on January 25 against Illinois State was ISU’s ninth 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 49-4 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 8-0 in 2013-14 when doing so. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 42-12 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.


Up Next
The Sycamores stay at home on Sunday, February 9 to face off against Drake. Tip-off is set for 3:05 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on the MVC TV Network as well as ESPN3.

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