The Sycamores basketball team represents Indiana State in NCAA Division I competition. The school's mascot, the Sycamore, is a nod to the state tree of Indiana. Currently, the team plays in the Missouri Valley Conference, a mid-major athletic conference that is often competitive in the postseason. The Sycamores joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 1976. They last won a regular-season conference title in 2000. They last won the conference tournament in 2011, earning them a berth in the NCAA Final Four Tournament. The team's most successful season came in 1979 when they made a run all the way to the National Championship game, led by legendary basketball star Larry Bird. There they were defeated by the Michigan State Spartans, who were led by another future NBA great, Magic Johnson. Last year, the team finished just under .500 with a record of 15-16 under Head Coach Greg Lansing. Grab your tickets to see the Sycamores play live this season at StubHub.
Who is the Indiana State Sycamores' head coach?
The current head coach for the Indiana State Sycamores is Greg Lansing, a longtime part of the program. Lansing is entering his ninth season as the Sycamores head coach and spent eight years as an assistant prior to that. He has long been dedicated to the Indiana State basketball program. Before coaching at Indiana State, Lansing was an assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes and had another stint as an assistant at ISU before that. He also spent time as a high school coach at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. During his career at Indiana State, Lansing has a record of 148-142 and has made the NCAA Final Four Tournament one time.
What was the Indiana State Sycamores' record last season?
During the 2018-19 season, the Sycamores posted a win-loss record of 15-16 with an in-conference record of 7-11, good for 8th in the conference standings. Five upperclassmen return from last year's team to provide leadership in their quest to improve on last season's record.
What are some important games on the schedule this year for the Sycamores?
Indiana State has a number of important games on this year's calendar. This includes a nonconference game against a national powerhouse, the University of Louisville. They also have games scheduled against instate rivals Ball State and Evansville.
Do the Indiana State Sycamores have any rivals?
Indiana State's primary basketball rivalry is against Ball State. Ball State is another mid-major school located in Northeast Indiana. The two teams have been playing since 1919 and have met a total of 131 times. So far, the Sycamores lead the rivalry with 73 wins against Ball State's 59 wins.
Has Indiana State had any notable players?
Yes. Perhaps the thing the program is best known for is being the school where Larry Bird played. Indiana native Larry Bird is considered to be one of the best small forwards of all time. He led the Sycamores to their best finish in school history, a loss in the National Championship game against another player with a legendary professional career, Magic Johnson. Bird was the National Player of the Year in 1979.
How many times have the Sycamores advanced to the Final Four?
During school history, the Sycamores have made four Final Four tournament appearances in 1968 and 1979. However, the 1979 run marked the only appearance in the NCAA Division I Final Four. Since then, Indiana State has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2011.
Where do the Sycamores play their home games?
Indiana State plays its home games at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The arena is located on campus and has a maximum capacity of 10,200.Back to Top