News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 5, 2013

ISU opens and closes MVC hoops slate at home

Todd Golden
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — You play each team home-and-away in the Missouri Valley Conference in basketball so the revelation of the conference schedule isn’t so much about who you play, but when and where you play.

For the ISU men’s team, the where is at home to both begin and end the MVC season. The where? Away from Hulman Center for the last half of January.

ISU opens its MVC season at home against new conference addition Loyola on Jan. 1. It concludes the season on March 1 at Hulman Center in what could be a key game against fellow contender Northern Iowa.

“I commend the MVC staff. It’s a really difficult task to get as balanced a schedule as possible. I’ve never one to complain. We have to play them all at home and away,” Lansing said.

A key stretch for ISU is a stretch of four road games out of five in late January. The arduous run begins at likely MVC favorite Wichita State on Jan. 18.  The road swing continues on Jan. 22 at Loyola. A quick trip back home to play Illinois State on Jan. 25 is followed by road games at Southern Illinois (Jan. 29) and Northern Iowa (Feb. 1).

And then once the Sycamores return home? They play Wichita State at Hulman Center on Feb. 5.

Most of the MVC’s teams have a stretch of four road games in five. Missouri State starts its season with four road games out of six. Still, that stretch of the schedule sticks out as far as ISU’s MVC contention is concerned.

“It does [stick out]. It’s a natural thing. Everyone in the league has it. It’s going to be a difficult stretch, but how teams handle those difficult stretches determine who’s on top,” Lansing said.

Lansing is happy to open with Loyola.

“I think it’s neat we start with Loyola here. We get [Terre Haute native] Matt O’Leary home. We hope he doesn’t hurt us, but it’s good for him and his family,” said Lansing on the former Terre Haute North forward who plays for the Ramblers.

ISU and Rose-Hulman also announced that they will play an exhibition game on Nov. 3 at Hulman Center. ISU last played the Engineers in an exhibition game in 2010.

“We like to do that. It’s a celebration of basketball in the Wabash valley. [Rose-Hulman coach] Jim Shaw is a good friend and it’s something we like to do,” Lansing said.

ISU’s women also released its schedule on Wednesday. The women open at home against South Alabama on Feb. 9, the same day as the men’s opener against Ball State, and the same day as the Larry Bird Trophy unveiling.

ISU hosts Indiana on Nov. 15 and plays three home games in succession from Dec. 9 to Dec. 21. ISU’s women plays its first three MVC games at home and five out of its first seven at Hulman Center. The women close their home season against Bradley on March 2 and conclude the regular season at Northern Iowa on March 8.

ISU’s men’s basketball schedule

Nov. 3    Rose-Hulman (exhibition)

Nov. 9    Ball State

Nov. 14    at Belmont

Nov. 17    at Notre Dame

Nov. 22    Truman State

Great Alaska Shootout

Nov. 27    Tulsa

Nov. 29    TCU or Alaska-Anchorage

Nov. 30    TBA

Dec. 7    at Eastern Illinois

Dec. 14    at Missouri-Kansas City

Dec. 18    at Saint Louis

Dec. 21    IUPUI

Dec. 28    Belmont

Jan. 1    Loyola*

Jan. 4    at Evansville*

Jan. 8    at Drake*

Jan. 11    Bradley*

Jan. 15    Missouri State*

Jan. 18    at Wichita State*

Jan. 22    at Loyola*

Jan. 25    Illinois State*

Jan. 29    at Southern Illinois*

Feb. 1    at Northern Iowa*

Feb. 5    Wichita State*

Feb. 9    Drake*

Feb. 12    at Bradley*

Feb. 15    Southern Illinois*

Feb. 19    Evansville*

Feb. 22    at Missouri State*

Feb. 26    at Illinois State*

March 1    Northern Iowa*

March 6-9    MVC Tournament at St. Louis

ISU’s women’s basketball schedule

Nov. 2    Indianapolis (exhibition)

Nov. 9    South Alabama

Nov. 12    at Eastern Illinois

Nov. 15    Indiana

Nov. 18    at Stetson

Nov. 24    at Marshall

Dec. 3    at LSU

Dec. 9    IUPUI

Dec. 18    East Tennessee State

Dec. 21    Butler

Tulane Tournament

Dec. 28    Northwestern

Dec. 29    Tulane or Northeastern

Jan. 3    Northern Iowa*

Jan. 5    Drake*

Jan. 12    Illinois State*

Jan. 16    at Evansville*

Jan. 19    at Southern Illinois*

Jan. 25    Missouri State*

Jan. 27    Wichita State*

Jan. 31    at Bradley*

Feb. 2    at Loyola*

Feb. 7    at Illinois State*

Feb. 14    Southern Illinois*

Feb. 16    Evansville*

Feb. 21    at Missouri State*

Feb. 23    at Wichita State*

Feb. 28    Loyola*

March 2    Bradley*

March 6    at Drake*

March 8    at Northern Iowa*

March 13-16 at MVC Tournament at St. Charles, Mo.

* Missouri Valley Conference games

Note: Times for some games are determined, but not MVC games