|Indiana State Sycamores|
|University||Indiana State University|
|All-time record||1,497-1,289 (.537)|
|Athletic director||Sherard Clinkscales|
|Head coach||Greg Lansing (9th season)|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Location||Terre Haute, Indiana|
|Arena|| Hulman Center |
|Student section||The Forest|
|Colors||Royal Blue and White |
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1979, 1968*, 1967*|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|2001, 1979, 1968* 1967*|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|2011, 2001, 2000, 1979, 1968*, 1967*, 1966*|
|Conference tournament champions|
|2011, 2001, 1979|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1950*, 1949, 1947, 1946, 1930 (IIC)|
1968*, 1967*, 1966*, 1951* (ICC)
2000, 1979 (MVC)
*= As NCAA Division II institution
|First meeting||March 1, 1919|
Indiana State 53, Ball State 21
|Latest meeting||November 6, 2018|
Ball State 93, Indiana State 85
|Next meeting||December 2, 2019|
|All-time series||Indiana State leads, 73–59|
|Largest victory||Indiana State, 65–19 (1922-23)|
|Longest win streak||Indiana State, 8 (1969–1973)|
Ball State, 5 (1953–1955)
|Current win streak||Ball State, 2 (2017–present)|
The Indiana State Sycamores basketball is the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011.
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The Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team currently play their home games at Hulman Center (10,200) and are coached by Greg Lansing.
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Greg Lansing is an American college basketball coach and the current men's basketball coach at Indiana State University. He was named to the position on June 15, 2010. He also spent eight seasons as an assistant coach, including the last three as associate head coach with the program. He is #2 on the 'Wins' chart for Indiana State coaches, trailing the leader, Duane Klueh by 34 wins.
The Sycamores have appeared in four NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–4.
National Championship Game
|2000||First Round||Texas||L 61–77|
|W 70–68 OT|
|2011||Second Round||Syracuse||L 60–77|
The Sycamores have appeared in four National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 1–4.
|1977||First Round||Houston||L 82–83|
|2013||First Round||Iowa||L 52–68|
|2014||First Round||Arkansas||L 71–91|
The Sycamores appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 0–1.
|2010||First Round||Saint Louis||L 54–63|
The Sycamores appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Their record is 0–1.
|2012||First Round||Robert Morris||L 60–67|
The Sycamores have appeared in three NCAA Division II Basketball Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–4. They hosted the Great Lakes Regional during the 1966-67 Tournament.
Regional 3rd Place Game
National Championship Game
|South Dakota State|
The Sycamores have appeared in the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament 12 times. They reached the NAIA Final Four five times. The Sycamores combined NAIA Tournament record is 25–12. Indiana State is the only team to finish as the National Runner-Up in the NAIA and both the NCAA DI and DII tournaments.
Indiana State won 7 NAIA District 21 titles (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962 and 1963)
|1943||First Round||Northwest Missouri State||L 28–37|
National Championship Game
|St. Cloud State|
National Championship Game
|St. Francis (PA)|
San Jose State
W 66–65 OT
3rd Place Game
|Eastern New Mexico|
L 45–48 2OT
National Championship Game
Southwest Missouri State
3rd Place Game
Southwest Missouri State
East Texas State
|1954||First Round||Geneva||L 82–88|
|1962||First Round||Winston-Salem||L 71–83|
Coach Wally Marks’ 1935–36 Sycamores from Indiana State University gained national attention when they participated in the first national post-season collegiate basketball tournament. The winning team would earn the right to name five players to represent the United States in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the first Games to feature the American sport of basketball. By earning the bid, the Sycamores joined a select group of college teams hand-picked by the Amateur Athletic Union, the U.S. governing organization.
The Olympic team members were selected from the best AAU teams and winners of the national collegiate tournament conducted in eight regional districts. The Sycamores earned a bid and advanced to the district finals and were pitted against Coach Ray Meyer's DePaul Blue Demons, at Chicago Stadium, DePaul's home court. Despite vaulting to a 10–0 lead, maintaining a 16–10 halftime advantage and outscoring the hosts from the field, Marks’ cagers lost on a long shot in the waning moments of the game, 29–28.
The 1949–50 squad won the NAIA 1950 National Championship. Subsequently, Coach John Longfellow and eight Sycamore players were invited to represent the United States in the inaugural (1951) Pan American Games, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sycamores Roger Adkins, Dick Atha, Richard Babcock, Bob Gilbert, Tom Kern, Gene Lambdin, Ed Longfellow, and Cliff Murray represented the United States and Indiana State University. The United States defeated the national teams of Ecuador (74–32), Cuba (77–55), Panama (90–55) and Brazil (69–42) to reach the championship game against Argentina. The Americans defeated the hosts, (57–51), for the gold medal.
|1962–1973||Indiana State College Arena||4,800|
|1928–1962||Indiana State Teacher's College Gymnasium||3,000|
|1923–1928||Terre Haute William H. Wiley High School Gymnasium||1,600|
|1895–1923||Indiana State Normal School North Hall||unk|
Three Sycamore players have had their numbers retired by the school. Carl Nicks is the latest, with his number 22 retired by the school on February 16, 2019.
|Indiana State Sycamores retired numbers|
|22||Carl Nicks||1976–77, 1978–1980|
In 1899, basketball became a Sycamore tradition; in the first official game, State defeated the Terre Haute YMCA by a score of 20-17; in 1999, to recognize the first century of intercollegiate basketball, a panel selected the following All-Century Team.
In addition, 'All-Decade' teams were selected for the following:
The rosters and more information can be found in the Winter 1999 (Volume 3, Number 1) issue of the 'Indiana State University Alumni Magazine.
|Roy 'Goose' Burris||1922–25||MiLB baseball; member of Akron Firestone Non-Skids, 1933 NBL Champion|
|Les Reynolds||1929–31||All-American Guard|
|Duane Klueh||1947–49||#7 career scorer, NAIB Player of the Year, All-American Forward, NBA Guard|
|Lenny Rzeszewski||1947–50||All-American Forward|
|Dick Atha||1950–53||#24 career scorer, All-American Guard, NBA guard|
|Jerry Newsom||1966–68||#3 scorer, #2 rebounds, 2-time All-American Forward, NBA draftee|
|Butch Wade||1965–67||#4 scorer, 2-time All-American Guard, NBA draftee|
|George Pillow||1969–71||Forward, #6 career rbs, #14 career pts|
|Larry Bird||1977–79||3-time All-American Forward; Consensus Player of the Year, NBA Forward|
|Carl Nicks||1977, 1979–80||Guard, #7-T career pts, #8 career steals, NBA Guard|
|John Sherman Williams||1983–86||Forward, # 2 career pts, 4-time All-MVC, CBA & Foreign Leagues|
|Jim Cruse||1994–96||Forward, #5 career rbs, 2-time All-MVC|
|Coach Duane Klueh||1955–67||#1 wins, 3x ICC titles, 4-time ICC Coach of the Year, 5x post-season appearances.|
Only players selected for the conference first team are displayed; for second team and honorable mention, please consult the Indiana State Men's basketball media guide at www.gosycamores.com
|1952||Rodger Adkins (MVP)|
|1967||Butch Wade (MVP)|
|1968||Jerry Newsom (MVP)|
|1978||Larry Bird (MVP)|
|1979||Larry Bird (MVP)|
|1985||John Sherman Williams|
|1986||John Sherman Williams|
|2000||Nate Green (MVP)|
|John Sherman Williams||2,374|
|John Sherman Williams||629|
|John Sherman Williams||72|
The Sycamores have been led by 25 different Head Coaches through their history, the top 15 coaches; in terms of wins; are listed below.
|Years||Coach (Alma Mater)||Wins||Losses||Pct.|
|1955–1967||Duane Klueh (Indiana State)||182||122||.599|
|2010-Pres.,||Greg Lansing (South Dakota)||148||141||.512|
|1997–2007||Royce Waltman (Slippery Rock)||134||164||.450|
|1938–1946||Glenn M. Curtis (Indiana State)||122||45||.724|
|1948–1954||John Longfellow (Manchester)||122||64||.656|
|1967–1974||Gordon B. Stauffer (Michigan State)||121||92||.568|
|1927–31, 33-38||Walter E. Marks (Chicago)||91||59||.607|
|1978–1982||Bill Hodges (Purdue / Marian, (Ind.)||67||48||.582|
|1975–1978||Bob King (Iowa)||61||24||.718|
|1918–1923||Birch Bayh (Indiana State)||57||24||.640|
|1989–1994||Tates Locke (Ohio Wesleyan)||50||88||.411|
|1912–1917||Alfred F. Westphal (Amherst)||47||23||.671|
|1946–1948||John Wooden (Purdue)||44||15||.746|
|2007–2010||Kevin McKenna (Creighton)||43||52||.453|
|1982–1985||Dave Schellhase (Purdue)||37||48||.435|
|31 seasons||11 other coaches||171||280||.380|
Leaders in BOLD
NBA Regular Draft
|1980||1||23||23||Carl Nicks||Denver Nuggets|
|1980||6||17||132||Alex Gilbert||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1978||1||1||6||Larry Bird||Boston Celtics|
|1978||6||9||129||Harry Morgan||San Antonio Spurs|
|1968||6||10||74||Jerry Newsom||New York Knicks|
|1968||19||2||209||Rich Mason||Chicago Bulls|
|1967||7||5||72||Butch Wade||Boston Celtics|
|1953||6||–||50||Dick Atha||New York Knicks|
|1950||4||4||40||Len Rzeszewski||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1949||8||1||39||Bob Royer||Providence Steam Rollers|
|1949||8||1||38||Duane Klueh||Boston Celtics|
|2013||7||13||113||Dwayne Lathan||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2011||2||2||18||Jake Kelly||Texas Legends|
|2011||7||15||110||Harry Marshall||Canton Charge|
Fourteen former Sycamores have played in the NBA and its predecessors, the (NBL, the BAA), and the ABA. They are:
30+ Indiana State players have played in foreign leagues; David Moss, Jayson Wells and Djibril Kante have each won multiple championships in European and South American leagues.
Hall of Fame Sycamores
Thirty-two former Sycamores players and coaches have been inducted into various Halls of Fame; they are:
In addition to the Conference Hall of Fame; the MVC selected an All-Centennial Team in honor of the Conference's 100th Anniversary; the Sycamores had three players named to that team; Larry Bird, Carl Nicks and John Sherman Williams.
During the Quantum Leap episode, The Leap Home: Part 1 – November 25, 1969 (1990); the father of lead character Dr. Samuel Beckett (Scott Bakula) remarks that while "Sam will likely end up at Harvard, I know he's still hoping for a basketball scholarship from Indiana State."
Hoosier Hysteria is the state of excitement surrounding basketball in Indiana, or more specifically the Indiana high school basketball tournament. In part, the excitement stemmed from the inclusion of all tournament entrants into the same tournament, where a small town's David might knock off a large city's Goliath. The most famous example occurred in 1954, when Milan defeated Muncie Central to win the State title. The plot of the now famous movie, Hoosiers, was based on the story of the 1954 Milan team and seems to typify the hysteria related to basketball in the state of Indiana.
The 1979 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament involved 40 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 9, 1979, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Salt Lake City. A total of 40 games were played, including a national third-place game.
Bob King was a college basketball coach and administrator. He was head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1962 to 1972 and at Indiana State University from 1975 to 1978. He also served as Assistant Athletics Director at New Mexico (1972–73) and Athletics Director at Indiana State (1974–80).
The Indiana State Sycamores are the NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams of Indiana State University. Since the 1977–78 academic year, Indiana State has been a member of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The Indiana State football team has competed in the second-tier Division I FCS since the 1982 season, and has been a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) since it was spun off from the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (Gateway) when the latter league merged into the MVC in 1992. Past conference memberships include the Indiana College Athletic League (1895–1922), the Indiana Intercollegiate Conference (1922–1950), the Indiana Collegiate Conference (1950–1968) and the Midwestern Conference (1970–1972). The women's teams were Gateway members from the league's 1982 founding until its absorption by the MVC. In 1986, a year after the Gateway took on football as its only men's sport, the Sycamores football team joined that conference.
The 1978–79 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team is considered the greatest in the school's history. The Sycamores were undefeated in the regular season and were led by Larry Bird. He led an undefeated team to the national title game versus a Magic Johnson-led Michigan State Spartans team, and ended the season as National Runner-Up with a record of 33–1. To date, the 1978-79 Sycamores are the only team to advance this far in their first-ever NCAA appearance.
The Indiana State Sycamores football team is the NCAA Division I football program of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Playoffs in the 2014 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Their first season was 1896. The Sycamore's greatest season was 1983, when coach Dennis Raetz led them to the 2nd round of the 1983 NCAA Division I Football Championship versus the Southern Illinois Salukis and ended the season with a record of 9–4. The Sycamores also appeared in 1984 NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs. The Indiana State Sycamores play their home games at Memorial Stadium, which seats 12,764.
The Indiana State Sycamores baseball team is the NCAA Division I baseball program of Indiana State University, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. It is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2014. Their first season was 1896. The Sycamores have had 12 All-Americans, 24 Major Leaguers, and more than 1,900 victories. The team's most successful season was in 1986, when the team appeared in the College World Series and finished with a record of 48–21. The Sycamores have appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 1979, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1995, 2012 and 2014.
John Landis Longfellow was an American basketball coach and player. He is best known as National Title winning-head men's basketball coach at Indiana State University as well as leading the US to a Gold Medal in the 1951 Pan-Am Games.
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