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Indiana State (4-3) at IUPUI (4-8)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 15, 7 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Jungle (1,215) -- Indianapolis, Indiana. Television: Local. Home Record: ISU 3-1, IUPUI 3-1. Away Record: ISU 1-2, IUPUI 0-5. Neutral Record: ISU 0-0, IUPUI 1-2. Conference Record: ISU 0-0, IUPUI 0-2. Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.

GAME NOTES: An intrastate battle takes place in Indianapolis on Saturday evening, as the Indiana State Sycamores do battle with the IUPUI Jaguars.

This will be the fifth straight game against an in-state foe for the Jaguars, who are coming off a 65-59 triumph over IU Northwest on Tuesday. John Hart had 18 points and Ian Chiles added 15, while Lyonell Gaines pulled down 19 rebounds for the Jags, who won despite shooting a paltry 35.6 percent from the field. The 19 boards by Gaines was a Division I era record for IUPUI, one shy of the all-time, single-game record held by Michael Boles (March 7, 1993).

Hart leads the way with 15.2 ppg, while Mitchell Patton (14.6 ppg) and Chiles (14.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Patton, though, has missed the past two games due to injury. Donovan Gibbs (7.3 rpg) paces the squad in rebounding. IUPUI has been outscored in the paint in seven of its 12 games by an average of seven points, and the team is 0-7 when being outscored inside.

The Sycamores are coming off two straight losses, the most recent of which being a 71-63 setback at Morehead State a week ago to open a five-game road trip. Khristian Smith had 20 point and Manny Arop added 19 in the losing effort. Jake Odum also finished in double figures with 15 points. Morehead State's reserves played a big role in the outcome, as they outscored the ISU bench, 41-6 for the game. Indiana State is paced by Odum (15.1 ppg) and Arop (10.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

IUPUI is 2-2 all-time against Indiana State, with each team winning twice at home. ISU hasn't won on the road against a member from the Summit League since topping IPFW on Nov. 19, 2006.

The magic number for the Sycamores is 63. Indiana State is 4-0 on the season when holding teams to that many points or less, and is 30-1 under head coach Greg Lansing in those situations. On the flip side, rebounding will be key for IUPUI. The Jaguars are 4-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 14-4 dating back to last season. Conversely, the Jaguars are 0-8 when being outrebounded this year and 4-21 under head coach Todd Howard in his two seasons at the helm.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana State 71, IUPUI 66

12/15 10:30:24 ET


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