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Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host UNI Saturday On Senior Day

March 1, 2014


Indiana State continues year four of the Greg Lansing era on Saturday, March 1 when the Sycamores (21-8, 12-5 MVC) host Northern Iowa (15-14, 9-8 MVC) inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Mitch Holthus (pbp) and Rich Zvosec (color) on the call. The game can be heard on the radio via WIBQ 98.5 FM and along the Learfield 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 live web stream broadcast is available to eligible subscribers on ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN app.


Indiana State owns a 26-21 edge in the closely contested all-time series against Northern Iowa, including wins in the last three matchups dating back to last season. The Sycamores have won six of the last seven meetings against the Panthers and are looking for their third season series sweep in the last four years. Indiana State is 16-6 against UNI inside Hulman Center, including a win in each of the last three meetings at home against the Panthers.


INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990)
- at Indiana State: 77-52 (Fourth Season)
- Overall: 77-52 (Fourth Season)
- vs. UNI: 6-1
- vs. MVC: 41-30
NORTHERN IOWA: Ben Jacobson (North Dakota, 1994)
- Overall: 165-100 (8th Season)
- at Northern Iowa: 165-100 (8th Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 7-9


- Jake Odum played in his 129th career game as a Sycamore on Wednesday at Illinois State -- a new school record, topping the 127 played by Aaron Carter (2007-11). Additionally, Odum will be starting in his 126th consecutive game against Northern Iowa — also a new school record topping the 113 in a row started by John Sherman Williams (1982-86).
- Indiana State is 53-4 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 53 close victories (five points or less) since 2005. Under Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 27-12 in close games.
- The Sycamores are 9-6 in true road games this year — a mark which is second-best in the Valley and is fourth-best nationally.
- Jake Odum now has 581 career assists which ranks him second on the Indiana State Career List. His 199 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 1,495 career points scored as he tossed in nine at Illinois State 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 Northern Iowa Would ...
• Give the Sycamores their 13th MVC victory of the season -- marking the third time in the last 38 years that the Sycamores have won at least 13 conference contests.
• Rank this year’s team only behind the 16-0 MVC Championship squad of 1978-79 and the 14-4 MVC Championship team of 1999-00 for most MVC victories in a season with 13.
• Be the 42nd MVC victory in the careers of Jake Odum & Lucas Eitel just behind Michael Menser and Matt Renn’s school record of 44.
• Give the Sycamores four victories in a row against Northern Iowa at home.


The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 77-52 (.597) overall in his fourth season as a head coach. He is 41-30 all-time in MVC games, including a 27-8 mark at home and a 14-22 record on the road. During his career, he is 43-11 in all home games, 23-32 on the road, 11-8 in neutral court contests and 27-12 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 6-1 against Northern Iowa, and is 3-0 against the Panthers at home. With the Trees, Lansing is 4-4 in overtime games and 53-4 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 130th 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 Northern Iowa game has been selected for national broadcast on ESPNU as part of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Wildcard selection process. Additionally, the game can be found live on ESPN 3 for eligible subscribers or on the Watch ESPN app.


A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 118th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,424-1,219 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 Paces Sycamores To Split Against Evansville & Missouri State
Indiana State senior Jake Odum averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as the Sycamores split a pair of contests against Evansville and Missouri State. Odum opened the week with a 22-point performance against the Purple Aces as Indiana State clinched the No. 2 seed at Arch Madness. He went 6-of-11 from the field (54.5 percent) and was 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line. During this contest, Odum went past Larry Bird for the ISU all-time career made free throws record. He added 14 points at Missouri State, including an 8-of-10 mark from the free throw line. For the week, Odum was 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) at the charity stripe and hit 47.4 percent of his shots from the field.


Jake Odum Is The First Valley Player With 500 Free Throws And 500 Assists; Passes Bird For School Free Throw Record
With 565 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 (581). 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. Odum made 10 free throws in the 59-54 victory over Evansville on February 19 to pass Larry Bird for the school record. His 565 career made free throws is currently sixth-best in the history of the Valley and he needs 23 more to tie Creighton’s Bob Harstad (588 from 1987-91) for fifth.


Sycamores Have Reached 18-Victory Mark For School Record Fourth Consecutive Season
Indiana State currently stands at 21-8 on the season. The Sycamores with their 21 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 & Lucas Eitel Now Tied For 5th Place For Most Victories In A Sycamore Uniform
Indiana State’s Jake Odum and Lucas Eitel have each been on the floor for 77 victories during their careers, which is tied for the fifth-most in the history of the program. The duo is just four victories shy of the 81 victories Indiana State experienced with Larry Bird and Steve Reed on the floor. Additionally, the duo has been involved in 41 MVC victories, just shy of the school record of 44 set by the Michael Menser and Matt Renn senior class of 2001.


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 31-20 (.609) in a game which follows a loss. Indiana State saw a streak of seven victories in a game which followed a defeat come to an end on February 26 at Illinois State.


Sycamores Reach 12 MVC Victories For The Fifth Time; Are The Quickest Team Since 78-79 To 20 Overall
Indiana State has secured its 12th Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season and this year’s team ranks tied for third place in the 38 seasons of MVC play for most conference victories in a season. This year’s team is just the fifth Sycamore team to ever record at least 12 MVC victories in a single season. The Sycamores have also reached 20 overall wins for the season. The last time the Sycamores reached the 20-win mark was in 2010-11. The Sycamores have reached 20 victories seven times since joining the MVC for the 1976-77 campaign. With the victory over SIU, the Sycamores reached the 20-victory mark at the earliest date (Feb. 15) 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 nine points at Illinois State, Odum now has 1,495 career points, which is seventh on the ISU scoring list and needs 60 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 of 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.


Indiana State Enjoying Life On The Road
The Indiana State Sycamores own a 21-8 record and a big part of their success has come on the road. The Sycamores are 9-6 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 two behind nationally-ranked Wichita State for the most in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and is good enough for tied for fourth nationally.


Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 43-11 (.796) inside Hulman Center under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. The Sycamores have won 34 of their last 42 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 27 of their last 35 MVC games at home. The Sycamores are 11-1 at home this season, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 2/4 Wichita State on February 5.


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 199 career steals, which ranks him fourth all-time in the Sycamore basketball record book, needing four more to reach third place which is currently held by Gabe Moore (203 from 2004-08). Odum also now has 581 assists for his career which is good enough for second place. He needs 36 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). Additionally, Odum’s 581 career assists ranks eighth all-time in the MVC and needs 14 more to catch Bradley’s Billy Wright (595 from 1992-96) for seventh.


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 59-54 on February 19 vs. Evansville was ISU’s 13th this season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU is 13-1 this season when holding an opponent under that total. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 53-4 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 is a perfect 8-0 this season when the Sycamore starters outscore their counterparts for the opposition. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores are 43-12 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent’s starters.

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