Apr 4, 2024 - News

Indiana State ready to make hoops history

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Ryan Conwell celebrates after the Sycamores take down the Utes in the NIT. Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Indiana State's storybook season could end with players cutting down nets Thursday night in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Why it matters: The No. 1 seed Sycamores have captured the hearts of basketball lovers far beyond Terre Haute with stellar play, and their fandom only grew following a heartbreaking Selection Sunday snub.

  • Their NIT Championship game against Seton Hall on Thursday gives them the closest thing to a home crowd they could ask for.

State of play: ISU's path to the title game went through SMU, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Utah.

  • In their 100-90 victory over the Utes on Tuesday, Ryan Conwell and Robbie Avila led the way with 27 and 26 points, respectively.
  • Tonight is the first-ever matchup between ISU and Seton Hall, and ISU's first NIT Championship game.

What they're saying: "It's inspiring to me. I'm amazed watching them. If you would have seen them the Monday after Selection Sunday, I don't know if I've ever seen a sadder, more devastated group than this one. But their iron will is there," ISU coach Josh Schertz told reporters after Tuesday's win.

💭 My thought bubble: There's so much to love about this ISU team, but as someone with terrible eyesight, I have to give a special shoutout to Avila's immaculate goggle game.

How to watch: The game starts at 7pm on ESPN.

If you go: Tickets start at $108 on Ticketmaster, $90 on Vivid Seats and $92 on StubHub.

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