INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES
Conference: Missouri Valley
Lost to Northern Illinois (86-79)
Lost to North Texas (80-69)
Lost to Murray State (67-61)
Lost to Depaul (75-70)
Lost to Arkansas State (56-54)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
G Rashad Reed (14.4 ppg)
The Sycamores' leading scorer, Reed is a deadly three-point shooter and has connected on 14-of-27 attempts from beyond the arc this season.The 6-1 junior also leads the team in assists (17) and steals (6)
G Aaron Carter (11.6 ppg)
Carter, a 6-4 sophomore, spends more time on the floor than any other Sycamore, and was the only ISU player to score in double digits in each of the team's first four games. He's a solid rebounding guard who can knock down the outside shot if left alone.
G Carl Richard (8.2 ppg)
The lone freshman in the starting five, Richard scored 17 points against North Texas but has been held in check since then.
F Jay Tunnell (11.6 ppg)
Indiana State's do-it-all guy, the four-year contributor is a post player in the mold of Jeff Adrien who loves to board and finish around the rim.
C Josh Crawford (8.6 ppg)
The 6-11 junior is still a work in progress on the offensive end, but he leads the Missouri Valley Conference in blocks with 14.
NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE
--Louisville is 5-1 all-time against Indiana State, but the two schools haven't met since the Cardinals' 105-69 victory on Dec. 12, 1983.
--The Sycamores have lost four straight games against ranked opponents by an average of 16.0 points since a 72-64 win over No. 15 Butler on Dec. 9, 2006.
--"All of these teams can beat you, they're no different than Northern Kentucky or Georgetown (College). We've got to do some things to shore up our rebounding. We've got to do some things to enhance the mental aspects of the game." --Rick Pitino
--“We’re not in a position to play a fast-paced game yet. We have to stay away from that. We need to be patient, be strong with the basketball, understand the pressure’s coming, and be strong when it does. Basically, we just have to make a basketball play, that’s what it boils down to." --Kevin McKenna
"It's always going to take collective effort, that's one thing we know from the beginning. Regardless of who we're playing, everyone has to step up as a team and that's one thing we didn't do (against the Hilltoppers)." --Andre McGee
“We need to slow them down, but we need to push when we have opportunities. We want to get into our plays, make them play defense, stuff like that." --Rashad Reed
ISU men prepare for their brutal 3-game stretch (TribStar.com)