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Sycamores Host Salukis Saturday Inside Hulman Center

February 15, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



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SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, February 15 when the Sycamores (19-6, 10-3 MVC) host Southern Illinois (10-16, 6-7 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised locally on WAWV-TV with Jason Pensky (pbp), Jim Waugh (color) and Katie Hargitt (sidelines) 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, the WSIU broadcast will be available on both ESPN 3 and ESPN Full Court and a pay-per-view web stream will be shown on GoSycamores.com.

 

THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SERIES
In a series which dates back to 1916, Southern Illinois holds a 79-44 lead in the all-time series. The Sycamores have won six of the last nine meetings. SIU took a 79-60 decision earlier this year in Carbondale. Inside Hulman Center, the Sycamores have won four in a row over the Salukis and are 30-26 versus Southern Illinois at home.

 

THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 75-50 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 75-50 (Fourth Season)
- vs. Southern Illinois: 5-3
- vs. MVC: 39-28
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Barry Hinson (Oklahoma, 1983)
- Overall: 229-173 (13th Season)
- at Southern Illinois: 24-33 (Second Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 17-4

 

QUICK HITS
- Indiana State is 51-4 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 10-5 away from Hulman Center this year — a mark which is tied for best in the Valley and is tied for third-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 567 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 1,435 career points scored as he tossed in 27 against Bradley and currently sits seventh 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 Southern Illinois Would ...
• Be the Sycamores’ 20th win of the season -- their first 20-victory campaign since 2010-11 and just their seventh in 38 seasons since joining the MVC. It would be the earliest a Sycamore team has reached the 20-win mark since the 1978-79 team did it on February 3.
• Give Indiana State its 11th MVC victory of the season -- marking just the sixth time of 38 years of Valley play that a Sycamore team has won at least 11 conference contests.
• Tie this year’s team with the 1977-78 edition for the fifth-most MVC victories in a single season with 11.
• Move Jake Odum and Lucas Eitel into sole possession of sixth place for most wins as an individual in the history of the program.

 

The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 75-50 (.600) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 39-28 all-time in MVC games, including a 25-8 mark at home and a 14-20 record on the road. During his career, he is 41-11 in all home games, 23-30 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 25-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 5-3 against Southern Illinois, and is 3-0 against the Salukis at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 51-4 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 126th 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 Southern Illinois home game will be shown live locally on WAWV-TV. The game can also be seen on WSIU in Illinois and surrounding areas. Additionally, the WSIU broadcast has been picked up by ESPN 3 and ESPN Full Court. A pay-per-view web stream is also available on GoSycamores.com, which is a subscription based web stream 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 1,422-1,217 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.

 

Jake Odum Tallies 27 Points To Lead Sycamores To Road Victory Over Bradley
Jake Odum paced the Sycamores with 27 points in the 68-62 road victory over Bradley on February 12. He was one more made free throw away from a school record as he tallied a perfect 13-of-13 mark from the charity stripe. It marks the best effort by a Sycamore at the free throw line since Gabe Moore went 14-of-14 inside Hulman Center against the Braves in 2008.

 

Sycamores Have Reached 18-Victory Mark For School Record Fourth Consecutive Season
Indiana State currently stands at 19-6 on the season. The Sycamores with their 19 victories now have four consecutive seasons 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.


Jake Odum Is The First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists; Closing In On Bird’s School Record
With 536 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 (567). 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 536 career made free throws ranks second-best in the history of the program. Additionally, Odum is just seven made free throws away from topping Larry Bird (542) on the Sycamores’ all-time list.

 

Jake Odum & Lucas Eitel Now Tied For 6th Place For Most Victories In A Sycamore Uniform
Indiana State’s Jake Odum and Lucas Eitel have each been on the floor for 75 victories during their careers, which is tied for the sixth-most in the history of the program. The duo is just six victories shy of the 81 victories Indiana State experienced with Larry Bird on the floor. Additionally, the duo has been involved in 39 MVC victories and need to win their five remaining conference tilts in order to tie the school record of 44 set by the Michael Menser and Matt Renn senior class of 2001.

 

Sycamores Reach 10 MVC Victories For The Ninth Time; Looking To Become Quickest Team Since 78-79 To 20 Overall
Indiana State has already secured its 10th Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season and this year’s team already ranks tied for sixth place in the 38 seasons of MVC play for most conference victories in a season. With one more MVC victory, this year’s team will become just the sixth Sycamore team to ever record at least 11 MVC victories in a single season. Additionally, the Sycamores are one win away from reaching 20 for the season. The last time the Sycamores reached the 20-win mark was in 2010-11. The Sycamores have reached 20 victories six times since joining the MVC for the 1976-77 campaign. With a victory over SIU, the Sycamores will have reached the 20-victory mark at the earliest date since the 1978-79 team did it on February 3.

 

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 27 points at Bradley, Odum now has 1,435 career points, which is seventh on the ISU scoring list and needs 120 more to tie Eddie Bird for sixth 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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 567 assists for his career which is good enough for second place. He needs 51 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 own a 19-6 record and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 9-4 in true road contests this year and factoring in the neutral court victory over Pepperdine have 10 victories away from Hulman Center so far this season. Indiana State’s nine true road victories are tied with nationally-ranked Wichita State for the most in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and is good enough for tied for third 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.

 

63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 68-62 on February 12 at Bradley was ISU’s 11th this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is 11-1 this season when holding an opponent under that total. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 51-4 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 to face Evansville on Wednesday, February 19. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (ET) and will be shown live world-wide on ESPN3 as part of the MVC Television package.


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