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March 14, 2014

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

Revisiting a special moment

TERRE HAUTE — In the competitive and highly entertaining world of collegiate athletics, Sunday is akin to a national holiday. At 6 p.m., the NCAA will announce the field and seedings of its 2014 Division I men’s basketball tournament.

Sadly, the state of Indiana won’t have a team in the tourney this year. That doesn’t happen often, but it did this year. Illinois is likely in the same boat.

The university that came closest was Indiana State. The Sycamores, with a 23-10 record, gave Wichita State all it could handle in the final game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last weekend, but it had to win to earn a bid to the NCAA tourney.

Hopefully, ISU will get an NIT bid. It will know late Sunday.

So while local excitement for the tourney is definitely muted this year, we want to revisit a “moment in time” from last Sunday’s Sycamores-Shockers MVC title game in St. Louis.

It came near the end of the game, when the only thing in question was the final score and margin of victory for Wichita State. ISU Coach Greg Lansing, with about a minute remaining, pulled his senior superstar Jake Odum, a Terre Haute boy who is completing a stellar career as point guard for highly successful ISU teams.

Lansing obviously wanted Odum to get his due from the large contingent of Sycamores fans in attendance.

But then an amazing thing happened. As Odum walked toward the ISU bench to warm cheers from the ISU faithful, Wichita State’s Ron Baker rushed to congratulate Odum, then gestured toward the thousands of Shockers fans to join him. They did.

Our photographer, Joe Garza, was shooting the game and caught the special moment of genuine sportsmanship. We published the photo in Monday’s newspaper, and we re-print it today.

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