Sycamores Hit Valley Road Wednesday At Bradley
February 12, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU PRESS RELEASE
SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Wednesday, February 12 when the Sycamores (18-6, 9-3 MVC) travel to Bradley (11-14, 6-6 MVC) inside Carver Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on a web stream pay-per-view basis on Sycamore Vision with Dave Snell (pbp) and Chad Kleine (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.
THE BRADLEY SERIES
Bradley holds a 50-30 edge in the all-time series against Indiana State, but the Sycamores have won six of the last eight meetings against the Braves. The Sycamores are 7-32 against Bradley when playing in Peoria. Indiana State last won in Peoria on January 12, 2011 and have dropped two straight on the Braves’ home court.
THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 74-50 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 74-50 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Bradley: 5-2
- vs. MVC: 38-28
BRADLEY: Geno Ford (Ohio, 1997)
- Overall: 155-125 (Ninth Season)
- at Bradley: 36-56 (Third Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 2-3
- Indiana State is 50-4 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 51 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 25-12 in close games.
- The Sycamores are 9-5 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which is second in the Valley and is fourth-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 564 career assists which ranks him second on the Indiana State Career List. His 198 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 1,408 career points scored as he tossed in four against Drake 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 Bradley Would ...
• Would give the Sycamores their third season series sweep of 2013-14 (already own two against Loyola & Drake).
• Give the Sycamores their ninth true road victory of the season which would tie for the MVC lead with Wichita State and be tied for third nationally.
• Be the Sycamores’ first road victory over the Braves since 2011 and break a two-game skid in Peoria.
The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 74-50 (.597) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 38-28 all-time in MVC games, including a 25-8 mark at home and a 13-20 record on the road. During his career, he is 41-11 in all home games, 22-30 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 25-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 5-2 against Bradley, and is 1-2 against the Braves on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 50-4 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 125th 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.
The Bradley game will be shown live on a pay-per-view basis on Sycamore Vision, which is a web stream service provided by GoSycamores.com. The broadcast is made possible through a shared agreement between Indiana State and Bradley as well as NeuLion.
A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,421-1,217 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 Off The Bench To Split Against Wichita State & Drake
Indiana State’s Khristian Smith paced the team with a 15.0 ppg average over a two-game stretch which saw the Sycamores down Drake to earn their second MVC season series sweep and fall just short of No. 2/4 Wichita State. Both games were at home, were the Sycamores are 41-11 over the last four years under head coach Greg Lansing. Smith was 6-of-11 from the field (54.5 percent), including a 3-pointer as he led the team with 19 points against the Bulldogs. He drained a second half 3-pointer to stretch the lead to double digits and stopped a Drake run in the final minutes with a conventional 3-point play which sealed the victory. Smith tallied 11 points off the bench against the Shockers. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds per game with seven against Wichita State, as the Sycamores became just the second team this season to win the battle of the boards versus the Shockers. For the week, he hit 9-of-19 shots from the field (47.4 percent) and was 10-of-15 from the free throw line.
Sycamores Reach 18-Victory Mark For School Record Fourth Consecutive Season
With its 60-56 victory over Drake, the Sycamores improved to 18-6 overall and 9-3 in the MVC. The win gave the Sycamores the 18th victory, and in turn, gave the Sycamores their fourth consecutive season of 18 or more wins. It marks the first four-year stretch in the 118-year history of the program that the Sycamores have won at least 18 games in four or more seasons in a row. Additionally, the Sycamores have already locked up their fifth consecutive winning season, the longest such stretch of over .500 seasons since the 1960’s.
Sycamores Have Won Over 60 Percent Of Their “Bounce Back” Games Under Greg Lansing
In the last four seasons, the Sycamores have been known as a team with the ability to bounce back from defeat. Since the 2010-11 campaign, the Sycamores are 31-19 (.620) in a game which follows a loss. Indiana State has won each of their last seven times in a game which followed a defeat. The Sycamores have not lost consecutive games so far in 2013-14, including this week’s victory over Drake to bounce back from the narrow home loss to No. 2/4 Wichita State.
Indiana State Becomes Just Second Team This Season To Out Rebound Wichita State
In front of the largest Hulman Center crowd in over eight years (9,245 fans), the Sycamores came within an eyelash of downing No. 2/4 Wichita State -- the highest nationally-ranked team to play in Terre Haute since Larry Bird’s 1978-79 team was ranked No. 1 late in the season. The Sycamores became just the second team on Wichita State’s unblemished 25-game schedule to out rebound the Shockers as they owned a 41-35 advantage in rebounding, including a 11-4 edge on the offensive glass. Indiana State was up 10-3 on second-chance points on Wichita State in the contest.
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 (564). 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 Senior Class Still On Par With Larry Bird Era Teams For Victories Over Nationally-Ranked Foes
Despite a pair off losses to Wichita State on January 18 & February 5, 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.
Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 41-11 (.788) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 32 of their last 40 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 25 of their last 33 MVC games at home. The Sycamores are 9-1 at home this season, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 2/4 Wichita State on February 5.
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.
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 four points against Drake, Odum now has 1,408 career points, which is ninth on the ISU scoring list and needs 24 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 198 career steals, which ranks him fourth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing five more to reach third place which is currently held by Gabe Moore (203 from 2004-08). Odum also now has 564 assists for his career which is good enough for second place. He needs 54 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 18-6 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 nine victories away from Hulman Center so far this season. Indiana State’s eight true road victories are second-most in the Missouri Valley Conference this season behind Wichita State and is good enough for fourth 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 60-56 on February 9 against Drake was ISU’s 10th this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is 10-1 this season when holding an opponent under that total. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 50-4 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.
The Sycamores return home on Saturday, February 15 when they host Southern Illinois inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET).