TERRE HAUTE —
• Samuels done for season — Lansing confirmed Tuesday what many had suspected … injured center Mike Samuels will not play this season.
Samuels suffered a broken foot during ISU’s Bahamas trip in 2012. He missed the 2012-13 season. It was later discovered the foot didn’t heal and Samuels had another surgery that has cost him the current season.
Samuels returned to practice a month ago, but has been limited, and he isn’t ready to return to game duty. Moreover, given how late it is in the season, it’s not prudent for Samuels or ISU to burn a year of his eligibility at this late stage of the campaign.
“You’re basically talking about a kid that hasn’t played, or done anything, for a year-and-a-half. He’s been practicing with us on a limited basis. He has to continue to get in better shape and work,” Lansing said.
“We had hopes that maybe he’d be able to help us this year, but this late in the season, you can’t throw him out there and strip a year from him. He’ll help in practice this year, and hopefully, be able to help in the future."
Evansville at ISU
Tipoff — 7:05 p.m. at Hulman Center.
Broadcasts — Radio: WIBQ-FM (98.5). Twitter: @TribStarTodd.
Series — ISU leads 85-75. The Sycamores won 81-62 at Evansville on Jan. 4.
Last time out — ISU beat Southern Illinois 60-57 on Saturday. Evansville lost 84-68 to Wichita State on Sunday.
Indiana State Sycamores (20-6, 11-3) — G Jake Odum (6-4, Sr., 12.6, 4.7 apg), G Dawon Cummings (6-4, Sr., 10.2), G-F Manny Arop (6-6, Sr., 11.5); F Justin Gant (6-8, Jr., 10.3, 4.2 rpg) and C Jake Kitchell (6-10, Jr., 3 ppg) are possible starters. G Khristian Smith (6-6, So., 11.3), G Devonte Brown (6-3, So., 5 ppg), F Demetrius Moore (6-7, Jr., 4 ppg), G Lucas Eitel (6-2, Sr., 2.2), G Brandon Burnett (6-6, So., 2 ppg) and F T.J. Bell (6-8, Fr., 0.8) and are key reserves.
Coach — Greg Lansing (76-50 at ISU, 4th year).
Evansville Purple Aces (11-16, 4-10) — G D.J. Balentine (6-2, So., 23.1, 3.9 apg), G Adam Wing (6-4, So., 7.7), G Duane Gibson (6-3, Fr., 6.6), G-F Blake Simmons (6-5, Fr., 9.9) and C Egidijus Mockevicius (6-10, So., 10 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.7 bpg) are the possible starters. F Jaylon Brown (6-0, Fr., 4.5) and C Jaylon Moore (6-7, Jr., 4.1) are key reserves.
Coach — Marty Simmons (99-119, 7th year at Evansville; 198-191, 13th year overall).
Injuries and absences — For ISU, C Mike Samuels (foot) is out. G Dawon Cummings (knee), G Jake Odum (knee) are probable.
Next games — ISU plays at Missouri State and Evansville plays host to Southern Illinois on Saturday.
— Todd Golden