News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

February 5, 2013

Iona vs. ISU in BracketBuster swan song

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State doesn’t host indoor track meets at Hulman Center, but for its final ESPN BracketBusters game it’s going to make an exception.

The Sycamores will finish their BracketBusters commitment at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 as Iona visits. Why might it be a track meet? Because at 81.8 points per game, the high-flying Gaels are the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation.

“I don’t know that many teams in the country do that,” said Lansing of the Gaels’ high-powered offense. “It’s a very good basketball school and team that we drew.”

In their last BracketBusters go-around, the Sycamores (14-8) will be featured in their first ESPN-televised game. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and opens the BracketBusters’ schedule on Feb. 23. The unusual start time is to accommodate ESPN’s broadcast.

With ISU’s RPI just under 50 by most measures, the Sycamores definitely fall into the category of a team that could have its fragile NCAA Tournament at-large hopes busted.

A win over Iona, whose RPI is near 100, would help ISU tread water in the NCAA at-large pool. But a loss would likely see the Sycamores sink.

“This game is a ways off so I haven’t thought about it much. Some of the things we’ve done with our schedule and some of our wins have people taking about us. That’s a great thing,” Lansing said.

“But also, you’re only as good as your next opponent. We can’t be looking at, ‘Hey, if we win or lose this game it can or can’t help our at-large bid.’ We have to worry about ourselves. The NCAA Tournament is a long ways away and we have a lot of work to do,” Lansing added.

Iona (14-9) is currently in fourth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Iona has three double-figure scorers. Guard Lamont Jones leads the way at 21.2 points per game. Swingman Sean Armand chips in 17.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. Guard David Laury is at 14.1 points. The lowest point total the Gaels have been held to is 62 points against St. Peter’s and Rider.

Given the tempo the Gaels play at, it stands to reason that they’re also among the nation’s worst statistical defensive team. Iona gives up 76.4 points per game, which is 337th in the nation.

Located in New Rochelle, N.Y., just outside of New York City, the Gaels’ most famous basketball alum is big man Jeff Ruland, who played primarily for the Washington Bullets in the 1980s. ISU will have to return the game in either 2013-14 or 2014-15.

Iona was not on ISU’s “request list.” Teams can request three teams prior to selection. ISU had requested Detroit, South Dakota State and North Dakota State.

BracketBusters has existed in some form since 2003. ISU is participating in its ninth BracketBusters field. ISU did not participate in the 2004-05 season when then-coach Royce Waltman declined to take part.

The field grew over time to include well over 100 programs from the non-power conferences. Some felt it got too big and watered down and got away from its original intent. Several conferences — including the Colonial Athletic Association — and schools have pulled out of this year’s event.

“I think when it started it was great. The idea of it and the format of it was all good. Now I think the Missouri Valley Conference is the premier conference in it. I don’t know that teams in our league help themselves much,” Lansing said.

What BracketBusters did do was guarantee two games a season for MVC teams that are caught between not having the gravitas or guarantee money to schedule anyone they want at home and being too good to get attractive matchups against larger schools.

ISU has had trouble scheduling home games even with BracketBusters and the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge, which is also off next year’s slate.

“I’ll take any help I can get with scheduling. It’s not a fun part of the job. It’s hard to do at the mid-major level,” Lansing said. “I want what’s best for Indiana State first and then the league. It going away might make scheduling harder, but maybe it’ll make it better for us.”

ISU next plays at home against No. 16 Creighton on Wednesday. School officials are promoting a Black Out and are selling upper level seats for $5.

MVC BracketBusters matchups Feb. 23

• Iona at Indiana State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

• Detroit at Wichita State, 4 pm. (ESPN/ESPN2)

• Creighton at St. Mary’s, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

• Denver at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

• Illinois State at Utah State (no TV)

• Green Bay at Drake (no TV)

• Miami of Ohio at Southern Illinois (no TV)

• Missouri State at Eastern Michigan (no TV)

• Evansville at Wright State (no TV)

• Bradley at Illinois-Chicago (no TV)

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Local Interest
  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

    March 21, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

High School
College
  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
    No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.

    April 12, 2014

  • Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep

    Host Rose-Hulman came back from an early six-run deficit in the first game Saturday and went on to a 13-12, 7-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball sweep over Mount St. Joseph.
    The wild opener featured a Rose-Hulman comeback from an 8-2 deficit and included 18 hits and two school records for the Engineers.

    April 12, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball earns doubleheader sweep at Missouri State

    Yvette Alvarez’s one-hit shutout capped a dominant day of pitching Saturday as Indiana State swept a Missouri Valley Conference softball doubleheader at Missouri State by scores of 6-1 and 4-0.
    “We pitched well,” coach Shane Bouman said. “Both Taylor Lockwood in the first game and Yvette Alvarez in the second game threw great. When you pitch good and you play good defense and get some key hits, good things are going to happen.

    April 12, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
MET121713 rex presser segal.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Talent scout: New Rex manager Bobby Segal talks about the process of looking for players for the Prospect League team.

Colts
Colts Owner Arrested _Ter .jpg

This file mug shot provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department shows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after he was arrested Sunday night, March 16, 2014. Police say Irsay had $29,000 in cash with him when he was arrested last week on suspicion of intoxicated driving. The Indianapolis Star reports it obtained the Carmel police documents on Irsay's March 16 arrest through a public records request. (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sherriff's Department)

Auto Racing
bb8991b19af8b067e44478c_.jpg

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later New Tactic Deployed in Search for Plane Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Scott Brown Announces Run for U.S. Senate in N.H Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Police: Blast in Nigerian Capital Kills 71
NDN Video
8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Toddler climbs into vending machine Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio 2014 NFL Draft: Potential Booms And Busts William and Kate Squash Baby No. 2 Rumors With a Wine-Tasting Trip Who Showed Up at Coachella?
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News