The Indiana State Sycamore basketball team got off to a hot start after the first seven weeks of the season in 2018.  The Sycamores improved to 8-3 after defeating UNLV, 84-79, on Dec. 23, at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Sycamore point guard Harrison Barnes scored 28 points on 11-for-15 shooting in that game and was among the countries best three point shooters in terms of percentage.  After that game, the shooting struggles began for Barnes and the Sycamores did not win back-to-back games again.

Sycamore Head coach Greg Lansing, who has been the Sycamore head coach since 2010, expects Barnes to bounce back and join teammate Tyreke Key to form an offensive dynamic duo

“I’ve never been around a duo that is in the gym as much as these guys. And I’ve been around this a long time; I’m a coach’s kid,” Lansing said.

The Sycamores finished 15-16 last season (7-11 in conference play) and ended their season in a 77-55 loss to Valparaiso in the first round of the MVC Tournament in St. Louis.

The Sycamores will be looking to get back on the road to victory on Saturday November 9 when they take on the Dayton Flyers at the University of Dayton Arena.  This will be the first of many consecutive games away from the Hulman Center to start the season due to the face lift the Hulman Center is currently under.

“You drive by, and it makes you a little nervous,” Lansing said. “It’s an open-air atrium right now. It’s progress, and it’s much needed. When it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful.”

The Sycamores were selected sixth in this season’s MVC Preseason Poll.

“This group probably has more motivation than any other group I’ve been around,” Lansing said.  “They want to do something special this season.”