SCOUTING REPORT: Indiana State

Indiana State, led by guard Rashad Reed, is off to a disappointing 0-5 start to the season, including a 56-54 loss to Arkansas State earlier this week. The Sycamores will face Louisville Saturday afternoon in the Marques Maybin Classic.

Louisville (2-1) vs. Indiana State (0-5)
Marques Maybin Classic
When: Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 2:00 PM ET
Where: Louisville, Ky.
TV: WHAS-11
Radio:84 WHAS

About Indiana State

Indiana State's season is already dangerously off track.

The Sycamores, rocked by two player issues in the offseason, lost their first four games, including two at home. Things were supposed to be rough without Harry Marshall (out until second semester with academic problems) and Marico Stinson (kicked off the team).

But not this rough.

The problems are easy to see. In November Indiana State ranked last in the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point defense (45.5 percent) and rebound margin (minus-6.2) and eighth in turnover margin (minus-1.75). The Sycamores give up to many open shots and get pushed around in the lane.

With all that, it is easy to see why the Sycamores give up 77 points a game, also worst in the MVC. Indiana State won't turn things around until it can keep opponents in the 60s.

A 75-70 loss to DePaul did produce some reasons for optimism. The Sycamores trailed 39-19 at halftime. In the second half, they shot 52.9 percent from the field and outscored DePaul 51-36. Whether that performance is a hint of good things to come, or an indictment of the Blue Demons, is unknown. – from FoxSports.com.

November
8 Albion (Mich.) (Ex.) W, 69-64
14 St. Joseph's (Ind.) (Ex.) W, 93-71
18 at Northern Illinois L, 79-86
23 North Texas (WTWO) L, 69-80
26 Murray State L, 61-67
29 at DePaul L, 70-75

December
1 Arkansas State L, 54-56

Probable Starters

G –Rashad Reed – 6-1, 200 - (14.4 pts.,3.5 reb.)
G –Aaron Carter - 6-4, 195 (11.6 pts., 4.5 reb.)
G –Carl Richard - 6-5, 200 - (8.2 pts., 5.0 reb.)
C –Josh Crawford - 6-11, 220 - (8.6 pts., 5.0 reb.)
F –Jay Tunnell - 6-8, 255 - (11.6 pts., 6.3 reb.)
Front and center ...

Jay Tunnell – Indiana State fields one of its youngest teams in years in 2008, with forward Jay Tunnell serving as the team's lone senior leader. Tunnell has played in 90 career games, with 84 starting assignments, while averaging nearly nine points and fi ve rebounds per contest in his three seasons with the Sycamores. During his career, he's recorded four double-double performances, including 14 double-digit scoring efforts during the 2007-08 season. In addition, Tunnel has scored 767 points in his career with the Sycamores which leaves him just 233 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history with at least 1,000 career points.

An Impressive Debut for Crawford
At 6-11, junior transfer Josh Crawford will no doubt pose a problem for opposing defenses for Indiana State this season. He gave Northern Illinois fits with his size and prowess in the paint in the season opener, as he scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds against the Huskies. He also made his presence felt on the defensive end, as recorded three blocked shots while altering several others in 29 minutes of play in his debut with the Sycamores. He followed that up with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots against North Texas on Sunday to average 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his fi rst two games in an ISU uniform.

ISU's Mr. Consistency
Sophomore Aaron Carter is quickly asserting himself as one of the most consistent Sycamores on this year's squad. Carter, who had four double-digit scoring efforts in 30 games as a freshman last season, is the only Sycamore to post double digits in points in each of the team's four games. He opened the season with 15 points at Northern Illinois and then scored 12 points against North Texas and 10 points against Murray State in two-straight home games. However, he saved his best performance for DePaul as he collected a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Helping his scoring consistency is his performance at the free throw line, where he is 14-for-17 (.824) on the season and a perfect 10-for-10 in his last three games.

Barlow Provides Spark off the Bench
Redshirt freshman Keenan Barlow had a career night against Murray State and gave the Sycamores a much-needed boost off the bench. The Indianapolis, Ind., native played a career-high 22 minutes against the Racers and collected a career-high 11 points and five rebounds in just his third game in an ISU uniform. Barlow was particularly proficient from long distance, as he scored nine of his 11 points from behind the arc (3-for-4) while adding an assist and a steal on the night.


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