The Indiana State men’s basketball team will open their season in their new arena today. The Sycamores finished last season 15-10. Some returning starters include Tyreke Key, Cooper Neese and Julian Larry.

For the first time in 12 years ISU will be opening the season with a new head coach at the realms. Josh Schertz who previously coached 13 years at the Division II level is coming to ISU with a 337-69 career record. Throughout his career he has enjoyed ten NCAA Division II tournament appearances and 14 total conference championships.

“We’ve grown in certain areas,” Schertz said. “I think there’s times we look organized offensively. We look like we’re playing with detail. I think an area we need to work a little more on is consistency.”

Key finished last season averaging 17 points per game and earned first team all-conference accolades.

Their opponent, Rose-Hulman, finished last season 10-2. This will be the first time these two squads have met up since 2018. Indiana State won the last game between these two 37-21.

 The Sycamores lead the all-time series 26-23 and they have won the last two competitions against Rose-Hulman. The Elephants have key players like Dillon Duff and Samvit Ram. Duff finished last season as an honorable mention all-conference player. Ram finished the season averaging seven points per game.

Rose-Hulman’s head coach Rusty Loyd was named coach of the year for his conference last season. Loyd has led to a conference title and three appearances in the conference game.

This will be the first contest that happens in the newly renovated Hulman Center. The Hulman Center received a $50 million dollar make-over throughout the pandemic.

Tipoff will be at 7pm. Gates open an hour before tipoff.