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Indiana State earns 1,400th program win in upset of #16 Creighton, 76-57

The Indiana Sycamores earned the basketball program’s 1,400th win in school history and beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006, with a 76-57 upset of #16 Creighton University in Missouri Valley Conference action.

The Blue Jays came into the game as college basketball’s top shooting team, but could muster just 41.7 percent shooting during the game.

Jake Odum lead host Indiana State with 22 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for his career.

Jake Odum

The Sycamore improve to 15-8, 8-4 while Creighton drops to 20-4, 9-3 on the season.






Youngstown State wins at Southern Illinois for first time since 2001

(courtesy of YSU athletics via wikipedia commons)

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS — The Youngstown State Peguins beat the Southern Illinois Salukis 35-23 on Saturday.

The win breaks the SIU nine-game homecoming winning streak.

The victory also is the first for YSU at Carbondale, Illinois since 2001.

Jamaine Cook rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown, Kurt Hess added 264 yards passing in the win. The 100-yards rushing by Cook was his fifth straight game passing the century mark.

The Penguins even their record at 3-3 overall but 2-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Salukis drop to 2-4 and 1-3 in the conference.

Game report from contributor Micah Templer

NIT FINALS: Wichita State beats Alabama 66-57


(courtesy of NIT)

J.T. Durley and Graham Hatch scored 12 points each to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Wichita State Shockers overwhelmed and dominated #1 seeded Alabama 66-57 to win the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) championship in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Hatch was 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point line, including back-to-back baskets in the closing minutes for the 29-8 Shockers of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Graham Hatch (courtesy of Wichita State athletics)

The Crimson Tide (25-12) pulled ahead in the second half on a free throw by Chris Hines with 15:06 left in the game, but the Shockers were not going to be denied, answering with eight straight points to regain control of the game for good.

J.T. Durley (courtesy of Wichita State athletics)


Cuonzo Martin hired at Tennessee


Cuonzo Martin (courtesy of Missouri State athletics)


The Tennessee Volunteers have turned their basketball program over to 39-year-old Cuonzo Martin of Missouri State.

Martin takes the job knowing that the Volunteers program will be facing possible punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Martin replaces, the popular but mistake-prone Bruce Pearl, who was fired on March 21, just one month after being charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators.

Martin has been one of the young, up-and coming coaches, spent eight years as an assistant at Purdue University. In 2008, Missouri State hired him and he compiled a 61-41 record in three seasons. He was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year this season after the Bears finished 26-9 and won the program’s first MVC regular-season championship.

One of the top players to ever play at Purdue under Gene Keady, Martin scored 1,666 points in 127 career games from 1991-1995.

compiled from Tennessee & Purdue athletics news

Fan-favorite Jim Les fired by Bradley Braves

Jim Les (courtesy of Bradley athletics)

When you talk about Bradley University Braves basketball, Jim Les, Hersey Hawkins and Dick Versace are three names that all fans of the program talk about with much appreciation.

Jim Les became the head coach nine years ago, but lost his star-status amongst the Peoria, Illinois’ school’s media contingent, alumni and administration.

Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross earlier this week announced that Jim Les has been released from his duties, effective immediately.

Les completed his ninth year as Bradley head coach with a final record of 154-140 (.524), including a 74-88 (.458) mark in Missouri Valley Conference games. He led the Braves to four consecutive postseason appearances in the middle of his tenure, highlighted by a run to the 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Info courtesy of Bradley University athletics

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