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Ramblin' Reck

January 6, 2014

Ramblin' Reck: Both ISU basketball teams off to strong starts in MVC

TERRE HAUTE — College basketball teams have commenced league play and it's nice to see Indiana State teams in the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

ISU shares the top spot in both the men's and women's standings with Wichita State. The WSU men are 15-0 after beating Northern Iowa and ranked 6th in The AP poll this week.

To recap, coach Greg Lansing's team got conference play started against a battling Loyola team in Hulman Center, then posted an impressive 19-point victory at Evansville – the oldest rival on this year's schedule.

Loyola, meanwhile, got its Valley victory with an 89-57 victory over Missouri State. Comments from the MSU coach were not available.

The Sycamores are at Drake on Wednesday and return home to face Bradley on Saturday this week. Drake is one of six teams tied for third in the standings at 1-1.

The ISU women bested Northern Iowa and Drake in home games in their league openers and have just one game this week – entertaining Illinois State on Sunday.

First place is more crowded in the Big Ten men's and women's standings. Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan all are 2-0 in the men's list. OSU and Wisconsin both are 15-0 while MSU is 13-1 and Illinois 13-2.

IU is 0-2 and has one game this week, playing host to Penn State on Saturday. Purdue also is 0-2 and has one game, facing Nebraska at home on Sunday.

IU is tied for first place in the women's list with four other teams.

 The Hoosiers are 14-0 and were scheduled to play Purdue on Monday but that game was postponed due to the weather.

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• Preps in action – Some prep basketball teams in the area had games last week and everyone has at least one game this week, weather permitting.

The Greene County Invitational is scheduled at White River Valley and the first games were to have been played tonight but they now are slated for Wednesday with semifinal and final games set for Saturday.

Linton is the defending champ and opens the tournament against WRV. The Miners should prevail in that one as should Bloomfield against Union, Eastern against North Central and Clay City against Shakamak.

That would set up semifinal games pitting Linton against Eastern and Bloomfield against Clay City. They should be good ones.

North Central got its first victory last month, defeating WRV 37-36.

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• Tom-Cattin' It – A friend of mine from ISU in the 1950s died last month.

Roland Inskeep was 78 and had been athletic director at Indianapolis North Central from 1971 to 1994. He was named national AD of year in 1991.

• Terre Haute North seniors Layne Curley, Adrienne Pritchard, Sierra Sykes and Jennifer Bendickson were recognized at the team's final home game last week.

Coach Mike Allen also was presented the game ball from the Greencastle game when he won his 100th game.

• The Casey boys basketball team has a busy week, weather permitting, with two conference games on the road and the St. Anthony Shootout on Saturday.

Keegan Steele sparked Marshall in its victory over Paris last week, canning eight 3-pointers – one shy of the school record. The Lions also are on the road this week.

• The final bowl games were played Sunday and Monday. Arkansas State bested Ball State 30-20 in the Go-Daddy Bowl. Big Ten got a couple nice victories but finished 2-5 in bowl games.


Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.


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