HIGH EARTH, Ind. – Indiana State continues the Missouri Valley Conference game on Jan. 2 at the Hulman Center as the Bradley Braves arrive in town. The tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN +. The game will also be available on radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.
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THE SERIES WITH BRADLEY
Indiana State will try to win its third straight game of the series Sunday after sweeping the Braves at home last season 60-57, 67-55. The Sycamores lag behind the all-time streak with Bradley 54-41 despite the ISU having won seven of the last 10 games and 12 of the last 13 against Bradley at the Hulman Center.
COVID-19 MONITORING …
Bradley and Indiana State have both dealt with COVID-19 protocols in the past two weeks. The Braves have canceled their last game against Bellarmine due to COVID-19. The ISU was without three starters in its last game against Midway due to COVID-19. Xavier bledson, Cameron Henry and Simon wilbar will not be returning for the Bradley Contest as they pursue their return-to-play protocols.
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
»First Year Head Coach Josh schertz takes the reins of the Sycamore basketball program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at Lincoln Memorial University in NCAA Division II, where he had a career record of 337-69 (0.831) en route to four National Coach honors from the year. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeastern regional titles, and had five seasons of 30 or more wins.
Bradley enters the competition with a 7-6 overall and 1-0 record in MVC action. The Braves are led by Terry Roberts who is averaging 16.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Ja’Shon Henry is averaging 11.2 points per game while Leons Malevy rounds out the Braves’ double-digit score with 10.8 points per game. In 13 games, BU has averaged 72.1 points while maintaining its opponents at 66.3 points and 38.7% from the field.
PROTECT THE COURT FROM HOME
Indiana State is 5-0 inside the Hulman Center this season and is currently leading a 10-game home streak. The streak is the MVC’s third longest behind Loyola (28) and Drake (12). The ISU finished 2020-21 with a 9-3 record at home while going 12-1 at the Hulman Center in 2019-20.
SPEND THE BRAND OF THE CENTURY
Indiana State had a rare scoring performance in a 107-51 win over Midway. The 107-point mark is the first time the ISU has passed the mark of the century since 1999 with a 102-91 double-overtime victory over Eastern Illinois and the first time the ISU has done so in regulation since she scored 113 in a victory over Millikin in 1984.
Six Sycamores scored in double digits in the victory – the first time since 2017 against Ohio. The ISU has secured the career performances of three players, including Zach hobbs (23), Cameron Crawford (14) and Nick Hittle (11).
NEESE IS A PROBLEM TO OPPOSE THE DEFENSES
»After posting career highs at all levels in 2020-2021, Cooper Neese picked up where it left off. The junior is averaging 16.1 points to lead the ISU and place fifth in the MVC. Neese has scored in double figures in 10 games this season, scoring 15 or more in nine games. Its 29 distance marks lead the ISU and rank seventh in the MVC.
Neese is currently ninth in program history with 144 career trebles and needs just five more 3-pointers to tie Chad Adkins (149) in the career 3-point score. Tyreke’s Key sits seventh all-time with 153 shots from range.
Neese posted a career-high 30 points in a loss to North Dakota State last time around. The marksman registered five marks behind the arc while playing the 40 minutes. The game marked Neese’s 40th double-digit game in his career and the seventh performance by over 20 points.
HENRY A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE
” Cameron Henry has either met or assisted on 31 percent of all Indiana state field goals. He’s averaging 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His scoring exit is 12th, rebounding from sixth, while his assist average ranks 7th in the MVC.
Henry has scored in double digits in nine games for Indiana State, including a pair of doubles-doubles. In three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry posted numbers similar to the MVC. The 6-foot-6 goaltender averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while aiming for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the tournament’s second team.
BLEDSON DOES EVERYTHING
You have to see it in person to truly appreciate the offensive awareness of Xavier bledson. The keeper leads the Sycamores with 42 assists, recording multiple assists in every game he’s seen in action, including 10 assists against Alabama A&M, a season-high. Bledson leads the MVC with 4.7 assists per game. To go along with his assists, Bledson is also averaging double-digit points at 12.1 points per game, scoring 15 or more points in five games.
MOVE THE ROCK
Indiana State is second in the MVC with 14.3 assists per game and third with a ratio of 1.2 assists per game. Five players have recorded more than 10 assists with Bledson leading the ISU on 42 dimes.
»Against Midway, Micah Thomas distributed eight career-high assists to take his season-high assists mark to 33 while committing just 14 turnovers in 12 games.
After a 17-19 record on the charity strip against Midway, the ISU improved their season average on the free throw line to 74.4% – good enough for the MVC’s second place and 63rd overall. National level. Xavier bledson leads the team with an 86.1% (31-for-36) score from the line while four other Sycamores shoot at 80% or better.
LIMBO OF THE RANGE
The Sycamores have used 10 different starting teams in 13 games this season. No starting line-up combination has been used more than three times.
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