Meet The Field- Missouri Valley Champions: Indiana State Sycamores

By Paul Seaver

By Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse)

Conference: Missouri Valley

Record: 20-13, 12-6

Head Coach: Greg Lansing

Championship Game: 60-56 over Missouri State

Despite 25 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Missouri State will likely find themselves squarely on the bubble come Selection Sunday. This comes just days after the end of the MVC Tournament in which Indiana State held off the Bears for a 60-56 victory.

The victory is Indiana State’s 20th of the season and by far their biggest as the Sycamores will dance for the first time since 2001. The story of the game was overall shooting as Indiana State shot 50% from the field while holding Missouri State to just 30.5%.

Indiana State got 15 points from Aaron Carter, while Jake Odum chipped in with 12 in his own right. Indiana State, picked 7th in the preseason poll within the conference, comes off as a surprise victor out of the league.

While Northern Iowa represented the conference well with their Sweet 16 run a season ago, Indiana State will have their shot at NCAA glory once the bracket is released. Will the Sycamores be the lone team from the MVC to dance or will Missouri State receive their opportunity? We will find out once the bracket is revealed.

Things to Know:

  • Indiana State is the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions
  • Indiana State advances to their 4th NCAA Tournament and first since 2001
  • In 2001, Indiana State shocked Oklahoma in the first round before falling to Gonzaga
  • Indiana State lost in the 1979 National Championship game to Michigan State, they were led by Larry Bird at the time
  • Indiana State is 5-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
  • Best Wins: DePaul, Missouri State (twice), Wichita State
  • Indiana State enters the NCAA Tournament winners of eight of their last nine games

Team Facts:

  • Indiana State is 245th in the nation in points per game (66.5)
  • Indiana State is 210th in the nation in field goal percentage (43.0%)
  • Leading Scorers:
    • Dwayne Lathan (11.0 ppg)
    • Carl Richard (9.8 ppg)
  • Leading Rebounders:
    • Carl Richard (6.6 rpg)
    • Myles Walker (5.3 rpg)
  • Leading Assist Man:
    • Jake Odum (4.0 apg)

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