Road to the NCAA Tournament Sleeper Team of the Week: Indiana State Sycamores

By Taylor Sturm
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Every year there are teams in the NCAA that no one knows about until they pull a major upset in the NCAA tournament. Teams like Butler and VCU have all made names for themselves by doing it multiple times.  This March will not be any different, and there are many opportunities for a new Cinderella team to emerge in the NCAA.

The Indiana State Sycamores are a team that many think cannot achieve great things in the NCAA tournament that could make a huge impact, especially early.  Jake Odum is an extremely talented guard that can hang with some of the best in the country. He is solid in every aspect of his game, and many teams will have trouble containing him. The team as a whole is very good on defense with multiple players in double digit blocks, and Justin Gant averaging almost one per game.

Indiana State defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, Wichita State, and Creighton – all teams headed to the tournament, all teams expected to succeed in the tournament. The Sycamore also defeated the now No. 3 Miami Hurricanes, a very impressive win. Although losing multiple games, the only loss that Indiana State was blown out was in the first game of the season against UCLA, back when UCLA looked like it was capable of winning big games. Indiana State, although losing to some bad teams, have had games where they picked apart teams that all think that they can make it to the Elite Eight. If the Sycamores can play at their best, expect an upset or two.

Indiana State is one of those teams that can come into the tournament a 12 or 13 seed and knock off a decent team from an AQ-conference.  There are always Cinderella teams from a non-AQ league that make it to the Sweet Sixteen – Indiana State is one of the teams capable of just that.

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