Indiana State Hoops Ranked For First Time Since Bird

Indiana State’s basketball program is experiencing a remarkable resurgence this season, capturing attention both locally and nationally with its exceptional performance on the court. Led by its dynamic offense, the program has achieved a milestone not witnessed since the era of basketball legend Larry Bird: a coveted position in the prestigious AP Top 25 rankings.

This achievement underscores the team’s remarkable journey under the watch of coach Josh Schertz, who assumed leadership amidst the challenges of the pandemic. Despite inheriting a depleted roster and facing significant recruitment limitations, Coach Schertz has masterfully molded the team into a formidable force. Their current standing atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings is a testament to their collective determination and skill.

The Sycamores had won nine in a row before dropping a game to Illinois State. Still, they hold a one-game lead over Drake for the lead in the Missouri Valley Conference and are the favorite to represent the MVC in the NCAA Tournament.

Key contributors such as Isaiah Swope, Ryan Conwell, and Robbie Avila have emerged as standout performers. Avila’s commanding presence, coupled with his distinctive eyewear, have solidified their status as fan favorites. The Sycamores have five players averaging over 11 PPG.

Opponents have had immense trouble slowing down the Sycamores’ attack. Indiana State ranks 5th nationally in scoring (84.9 PPG), 4th in field goal percentage (50.2), and 4th in three-pointers per game (11.3). Their high-octane offense makes them a team to watch as March rapidly approaches.