What a moral and confidence booster for the Sycamores who are incing their way up in the Missouri Valley conference standings. The Shockers had a 19-game home winning streak on the line, but that streak is now over. This is the Sycamores’ first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season, and this was a good one to have. Anytime you go on the road, take out the crowd and leave with a victory is something to be proud of and learn from.
The Sycamores really dominated this game from the tip off to the final buzzer. They played like a team on a mission to hush the critics and to prove they can win. This game was one of their best performance of the year on both sides of the ball. Their defense stifled the Shockers the entire game who shot only 21.7 % from the field. The used a balance scoring attack to their advantage by having seven players score at least six points. The Sycamore players that stepped up and scored in double figures were Manny Arop, Devonte Brown and Jake Odum.
The Sycamores defense really rattled and shocked the Shockers to settle for perimeter shots. Instead of playing man-to-man defense, Indiana State played a 2-3 zone that really rattled the Shockers and their fans. We might see more zone for the Sycamores this season. They were very impressive playing in a hostile environment and not letting the pressure overtake them. When Wichita State pulled within two, Odum took over the game and halted the Shockers momentum.
This win and wins against Miami and Minnesota could help the Sycamores chances to make it to the Big Dance. For the Shockers, they need to regroup and focus on how to put the ball in the basket. They attempted 28 three-pointers, with only nine going in. They do have a chance to get even when they travel to Indiana State on the 19th of next month. The question is will they learn how to play offense against the zone? If they do, this game will be a lot different than tonight’s game was.