|Indiana State||J Odum 14.2||J Gant 5.4||J Odum 4.5|
|Illinois State||J Carmichael 17.9||J Carmichael 9.2||K Keane 4.1|
Illinois State hosts Indiana State at Redbird Arena on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8:05 EST. The Redbirds fell to the Sycamores 77-75 on December 30th and are 3-7 against them over the last four years.
Illinois State is 9th in the conference and Indiana State is 3rd. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In a 70-56 win over Southern Illinois on January 20th, Tyler Brown put up 22 points for the Redbirds. In addition to a team-leading 1.5 steals per game, he chips in 15.6 points per game. For the Sycamores, Jake Odum put up 17 points and 6 assists in the 72-62 win over Evansville on January 19th. He leads the team in points with 14.2 per game, assists with 4.5 per game, and steals with 1.5 per game.
Digging into season numbers, Illinois State has the advantage in one key category, scoring, where the Redbirds have an edge over the Sycamores, 75 points per game to 68 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Indiana State performs well in free throw rate at 48.5. This ranks 1st in the conference and 4th in the country.
Indiana State StatSmack
- Be afraid. Illinois State has blown out more teams than Indiana State this season (5 blowouts vs 1).
- Illinois State has a more potent offense, scoring more points (80.5 per game vs 68.4 per game) than Indiana State this season.
- Illinois State is a better shooting team (49.7% vs 42.1%) than Indiana State this season.
- Johnny Hill is ranked 6th in the Missouri Valley in assists and 5th in the Missouri Valley in steals.
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Illinois State has come back to win after being down at half against Indiana State 3 times since 2001.
- The Illinois State three-point leader (Tyler Brown) has more three-pointers than the Indiana State three-point leader (Lucas Eitel).
- Jon Ekey is ranked 8th in the Missouri Valley in blocks.
- The Illinois State scoring leader (Jackie Carmichael) has more points than the Indiana State scoring leader (Jake Odum).
- Illinois State is a better three-point shooting team (36.4% vs 32.7%) than Indiana State this season.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Illinois State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (973 to 929) than Indiana State, per the NCAA.