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Indiana State Sycamores
Indiana State Sycamores
School Name: Indiana State University
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Arena: Hulman Center
Capacity: 10,200
Conference: Missouri Valley
Head coach: Greg Lansing

The Indiana State Sycamores basketball team 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.

Their first season was 1896; making the Sycamores the oldest basketball team in the NCAA, along with Bucknell, Minnesota and Washington. The records from 1896-1899 no longer exist. The Sycamores boast of 2 College Player(s) of the Year; 14 All-Americans, 33 1,000-point scorers and 1,360+ victories. Their victory count places them in the Top 70 of all NCAA Division I programs.[1]

In addition, the Sycamores have 23 Post-Season Appearances (7 NCAA, 2 NIT, 1 CBI, 12 NAIA and the 1936 Olympic Trials) with 5 National Championship Appearances (2 NCAA, 3 NAIA). Seven Sycamores were members of the 1951 Pan-American Games Gold Medal-winning team. The Sycamore's greatest season was 1978-79, when star Larry Bird led an undefeated team to the national title game versus the Magic Johnson-led Michigan State team; and ended the season as the NCAA Division I National Runner-Up with a record of 33–1.

The Sycamores were the National Runner-Up in the College Division (now Div II) in 1968 and won the NAIA National Title in 1950, with NAIA Finals Appearances in 1946 and 1948 and NAIA National Semi-finals appearances in 1949 and 1953. Past coaches include the legendary John Wooden; fellow Purdue University star Dave Schellhase, Indiana-coaching legend Glenn M. Curtis and well-known college coaches such as Bob King, Royce Waltman, Tates Locke and Ron Greene. The Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team play their home games at Hulman Center (10,200); and are coached by Greg Lansing.

Div I NCAA Tournament Results

The Sycamores have appeared in 3 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–4.

Year Result
1979 NATIONAL FINALIST
2000 First Round (Round of 64)
2001 Second Round (Round of 32)
2011 Second Round (Round of 64)

National Invitation Tournament Results

The Sycamores have appeared in 4 NIT Tournaments. Their combined record is 1-2.

Year Result
1977 First Round
1978 Second Round

CBI Tournament Results

The Sycamores appeared in the 2010 CBI; facing the St. Louis University Billikens. Their record is 0-1.

Year Result
2010 First Round

Div II NCAA Tournament Results

The Sycamores have appeared in 3 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournaments. Their combined record is 5-4.

Year Result
1966 First Round
1967 Second Round
1968 NATIONAL FINALIST

NAIA Tournament Results

The Sycamores have appeared in the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament 12 times. (1942, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963) 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.

Year Result
1946 NATIONAL FINALIST
1948 NATIONAL FINALIST
1949 National Semi-Finals (4th Place)
1950 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
1953 National Semi-Finals (3rd Place)

Olympic Trials

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 by defeating every team on their schedule, including the 1935 national AAU champion Tulsa Diamond Oilers. Indiana State 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.

1951 Pan American Games

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.

USA Basketball

In addition to the Olympic Trials and the 1951 Pan-American games; Larry Bird was a member of the 1992 Dream Team, as well as a member of the 1977 World University Games and 1978 World Invitational Tournament teams. Carl Nicks was a member of the 1979 Select Team.

Memorable Seasons

1935-36 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1945-46 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1947–48 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1948–49 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1949-50 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1952–53 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1967–68 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1978–79 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
1999-00 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
2000–01 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team
2010-11 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team

Arenas

Year Home
1895-1928 Indiana State Normal School North Hall
1928-1962 Indiana State Teacher's College Gymnasium
1962-1973 Indiana State College Arena
1973–Present Hulman Center

Player of the year

National Awards

National Player of the Year (2)

Oscar Robertson Trophy (1)

Naismith Award (1)

John R. Wooden Award (1)

Adolph Rupp Trophy (1)

Eastman Award (1)

Joe Lapchick Award (1)

The Sporting News (1)

Basketball Times (1)

Basketball Weekly (1)

Conference (6)

National Tournament (3)

All-Century Team

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:

  • 1910s-1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

The rosters and more information can be found in the Winter 1999 (Volume 3, Number 1) issue of the 'Indiana State University Alumni Magazine.

Indiana State's All-Century Team:

Name Career Notes
Roy 'Goose' Burris 1922-25 unk.
Les Reynolds 1929-31 All-American Guard
Duane Klueh 1947-49 All-American Forward
Lenny Rzeszewski 1947-50 All-American Forward
Dick Atha 1950-53 All-American Guard
Jerry Newsom 1966-68 2-time All-American Forward
Butch Wade 1965-67 2-time All-American Guard
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
Carl Nicks 1977, 1979-80 Guard, #7-T career pts, #8 career steals
John Sherman Williams 1983-86 Forward, # 2 career pts, 4-time All-MVC
Jim Cruse 1994-96 Forward, #5 career rbs, 2-time All-MVC
Duane Klueh 1955-67 4-time ICC Coach of the Year
All-Century Team Members 13

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All-Americans (14)

  • Les Reynolds - 1930 Helms Foundation
  • Duane Klueh - 1948 Helms Foundation
  • Len Rzeszewski - 1949 NAIB
  • Bob Royer - 1949 NAIB
  • Dick Atha - 1953 Helms Foundation
  • Butch Wade - 1965 AP, UPI
  • Jerry Newsom - 1966 UPI
  • Butch Wade - 1966 UPI
  • Jerry Newsom - 1968 Coaches, AP,UPI
  • Rick Williams - 1975 Basketball Weekly-Honorable Mention, Sporting News, Converse
  • Rick Williams - 1976 Basketball Weekly-Honorable Mention, Sporting News, Converse
  • Larry Bird - 1977 UPI-Third Team, AP-Honorable Mention
  • Larry Bird - 1978 AP, UPI, USBWA, The Sporting News, Basketball Weekly
  • Larry Bird - 1979 AP, UPI, USBWA, The Sporting News, Basketball Weekly

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (4)

  • Dan Bush (Second Team) 1972
  • Mike Route (Third Team) 1976
  • Greg Thomas (Second Team) 1993
  • Matt Renn (Second Team) 2001

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship (2)

  • Dan Bush 1972
  • Steve Reed 1981

All-Conference (31)

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

All-Indiana Intercollegiate Conference (2)

Year Player
1943 Bill Hitch
1946 Ed Lash

All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (18)

Year Player
1951 Dick Atha
1951 Cliff Murray
1952 Rodger Adkins (MVP)
1952 Sam Richardson
1952 Dick Atha
1953 Roger Adkins
1954 Joe Lee
1956 Sam Richardson
1958 Jim Bates
1961 Howard Dardeen
1962 Howard Dardeen
1964 Wayne Allison
1965 Butch Wade
1966 Jerry Newsom
1966 Butch Wade
1967 Jerry Newsom
1967 Butch Wade (MVP)
1968 Jerry Newsom (MVP)

All-Midwestern Conference (3)

Year Player
1971 George Pillow
1971 Bob Barker
1972 Dan Bush

All-Missouri Valley Conference (8)

Year Player
1978 Larry Bird (MVP)
1979 Larry Bird (MVP)
1979 Carl Nicks
1980 Carl Nicks
1985 John Sherman Williams
1986 John Sherman Williams
2000 Nate Green (MVP)
2001 Matt Renn

Career Leaders

Scoring

Name Points
Larry Bird 2,850
John Sherman Williams 2,374
Jerry Newsom 2,147
Butch Wade 1,672
David Moss 1,562
Eddie Bird 1,555
Duane Klueh 1,432
Carl Nicks 1,432
Rick Williams 1,351
Matt Renn 1,347

3-Pointers

Name Points
Michael Menser 283
Eddie Bird 161
Travis Inman 154
Jordan Printy 151
Chad Adkins 149
Aaron Carter 133
Greg Thomas 130
Marcus Howard 125
Marico Stinson 125
Gabe Moore 120
Rashad Reed 118

Rebounds

Name Rebounds
Larry Bird 1,247
Jerry Newsom 953
DeCarsta Webster 862
Matt Renn 789
Jim Cruse 771
George Pillow 731
Djibril Kante 676
Rick Williams 661
John Sherman Williams 629
Brad Miley 627

Assists

Name Assists
Steve Reed 616
Rick Fields 551
Jimmy Smith 517
Nate Green 496
Gabe Moore 444
Larry Bird 435
Michael Menser 426
Nick Hargrove 369
David Moss 350
Greg Thomas 331

Steals

Name Points
Larry Bird 240
Nate Green 240
Gabe Moore 203
Michael Menser 188
Matt Renn 165
Rick Fields 149
David Moss 133
Carl Nicks 128
Marcus Howard 125
Nick Hargrove 118

Blocked Shots

Name Points
DeCarsta Webster 168
Isiah Martin 136
Djibril Kante 127
Nate Green 109
Jayson Wells 94
Larry Bird 83
Alex Gilbert 75
John Sherman Williams 72
Marcus Johnson 66
Josh Crawford 61

Coaching Leaders

Years Coach (Alma Mater) Wins Losses Pct.
1955-1967 Duane Klueh (Indiana State) 182 122 .602
1997-2007 Royce Waltman (Slippery Rock) 134 164 .450
1938-1946 Glenn M. Curtis (Indiana State) 122 45 .724
1967-1974 Gordon B. Stauffer (Michigan State) 121 92 .568
1948-1954 John Longfellow (Manchester) 120 59 .670
1927-31, 33-38 Walter E. Marks (Chicago) 90 58 .608
1978-1982 Bill Hodges (Purdue / Marian) 67 48 .582
1975-1978 Bob King (Iowa) 61 24 .718
1918-1923 Birch Bayh (basketball coach) (Indiana State) 57 24 .640
1989-1994 Tates Locke (Ohio Wesleyan) 50 88 .411
1912-1917 Alfred F. Westphal (unknown) 47 23 .671
1946-1948 John Wooden (Purdue) 44 15 .746
2007-2010 Kevin McKenna (basketball) (Creighton) 43 52 .453
1982-1985 Dave Schellhase (Purdue) 37 48 .435
1924-27, 32-33 David Glascock (Wabash) 33 32 .508
2010-Pres., Greg Lansing (South Dakota) 20 13 .606
1896–Present ALL-TIME 1,368 1,162 .541

Leaders in BOLD

Coach of the Year

National

Conference

Sycamores in the Professional Leagues

===Sycamores in the NBA===[3]

Thirteen former Sycamores have played in the NBA and it's predecessors, NBL and BAA. They are:

Sycamores in other Professional Leagues

Basketball Hall(s) of Fame

Hall of Fame Sycamores Thirty-one former Sycamores players and coaches have been inducted into various Halls of Fame; they are:

Basketball Hall of Fame (2)

  • John Wooden Player, 1961; Coach, 1973—The FIRST person to be inducted as Coach & Player.
  • Larry Bird Player, 1998

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2)

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame[4] (30)

  • John R. Wooden - 1962
  • Glenn M. Curtis - 1964
  • David Glascock - 1966
  • John Longfellow - 1967
  • Howard Sharpe - 1971
  • Johnnie Baratto - 1972
  • Lester "Les" Reynolds - 1972
  • Jesse Wood - 1973
  • Charles Fouty - 1980
  • Ward Brown - 1981
  • Dick Atha - 1988
  • Duane Klueh - 1988
  • Arley Andrews - 1989
  • Stanley Shimala - 1990
  • Jim Powers - 1993
  • Tom Pitts - 1995
  • Jerry Newsom - 1997
  • David Nicholson - 1999
  • Larry Bird - 2000
  • Danny Bush - 2000
  • Jerry Baker - 2000
  • Clemens "Lenny" Rzeszewski - 2001
  • George Pillow - 2002
  • Keith Doughety - 2004
  • Gordon B. Stauffer - 2004
  • G. Michael Jones - 2005
  • Steve Hollenbeck - 2006
  • Pete Pritchett - 2007
  • Dr. Michael C. Copper - 2010
  • John Robbins - 2011

NAIA Hall of Fame (4)

Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame (3)

Indiana State University Hall of Fame (31)

Individuals

  • David Glascock – 1982
  • Duane Klueh – 1982
  • Dr. Walter “Wally” Marks – 1982
  • Clemens “Lenny” Rzeszewski – 1982
  • Paul Selge – 1982
  • Paul Wolf – 1982
  • Dick Atha – 1984
  • John L. Longfellow – 1984
  • Jerry Newsom – 1984
  • Dr. Raymond Sparks – 1984
  • Butch Wade – 1984
  • Fred Wampler – 1984
  • John Wooden – 1984
  • John Baratto – 1986
  • Jim Carr – 1986
  • Sam Richardson – 1986
  • Dr. John Miklozek - 1986
  • Glenn M. Curtis - 1998
  • Howard Sharpe, - 1998
  • Birch E. Bayh, Sr. - 1998
  • Larry Bird - 1999
  • Bob King - 1999
  • George Pillow - 2003
  • Ward Brown - 2004
  • Ray Goddard - 2005
  • Paul “Billy” Williams - 2005
  • Roy Burris - 2006
  • Carl Nicks - 2007
  • George Chestnut - 2008
  • John Sherman Williams - 2008
  • Bob Barker - 2010

Teams

  • 1978-79 Men's Basketball Team (Inducted 1999)
    Larry Bird, Tom Crowder, Eric Curry, Alex Gilbert, Bob Heaton, Brad Miley, Carl Nicks, Rod McNelly, Rich Nemcek, Steve Reed, Bob Ritter, Leroy Staley, Scott Turner. Trainers: Bob Behnke, Rick Shaw. Head Coach: Bill Hodges. Assistant Coaches: Mel Daniels, Terry Thimlar. Graduate Assistant Coach: Danny King.
  • 1949-50 Men's Basketball Team (Inducted 2000)
    Jim Berger, Richard Campbell, Dan Dimich, Bob Gilbert, Jim Hans, Buren Hooper, Max Hungerford, Bill Jagodzinski, Jerry Kunkel, Gene Lambdin, Ed Longfellow, Don McDonald, Dick Pattengale, Jim Powers, Jack Reece, Len Rzeszewski, John Scott, Clarence Walker. Managers: Stan Jacobs, John Sweet. Head Coach: John Longfellow. Assistant Coach: Max Andress.
  • 1967-68 Men's Basketball Team (Inducted 2005)
    Daniel Chitwood, Michael Cooper, Ken Haas, Fred Hardman, Rodney Hervey, Steven Hollenbeck, Howard Humes, John McIntire, Richard Mason, Jerry Newsom, Gerald Novak, Mike Phillips, James Waldrip, Don Weirlich, Thomas Zellers. Head Coach: Gordon Stauffer. Assistant Coach: Melvin Garland.

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