The Indiana State Sycamores basketball is Your NCAA Division I men’s basketball program of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
They compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team played in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Sycamores’ season was 1896, which makes them the oldest basketball team in the NCAA alongside Bucknell, Minnesota and Washington; however, the records from 1896 to 1899 no longer exist. The Sycamores boast two College Players of the Year, 14 All-Americans, 39 1,000-point scorers along with 1,496 victories. They are placed by their victory count in the 70 of all NCAA Division I programs.  Additionally, the Sycamores have 26 Post-Season Appearances (7 NCAA, 4 NIT, 1 CBI, 1 CIT, 12 NAIA and the 1936 Olympic Trials) with 5 National Championship Appearances (2 NCAA, 3 NAIA). Seven Sycamores were members of the 1951 Pan-American Games Gold Medal-winning team. The most memorable season of the Sycamore was the UPI National title, in addition to 1978 — 79, when star Larry Bird led an undefeated team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. But it lost the title game versus the Magic Johnson-led Michigan State team; and finished the season. This is the deepest run with a first-time participant at the Division I tournament, and one of just 3 occasions that a first-time team has progressed as far as the Final Four (UNCC at 1977 and Georgia in 1983). They wouldn’t have another postseason appearance until 2000.
The Sycamores were the National Runner-Up at the NCAA College Division (now Div II) in 1968; they won the NAIA National Championship in 1950, had NAIA Finals appearances in 1946 & 1948 and NAIA National Semifinals appearances in 1949 & 1953. All-Americans, Duane Klueh, Dick Atha and Lenny Rzeszewski directed the Sycamores. As the program transitioned from NAIA to the NCAA, one last NAIA highlight was Ray Goddard directing the Country in FT percentage (91.2%) through the 1961-62 season. Former Head Coaches comprise the legendary John Wooden, Purdue All-American Dave Schellhase, Indiana training legend Glenn M. Curtis and famous college coaches such as Bob King, Royce Waltman, Tates Locke and Ron Greene. Former assistants include present collegiate head coaches such as Thad Matta (Butler, Xavier, Ohio State), Rick Ray (Mississippi State, Southeast Missouri), Kareem Richardson (Missouri-Kansas City), Phil Hopkins (Western Carolina), Mel Garland (IUPUI), Stan Gouard (Indianapolis) and NBA Great Mel Daniels.
The Indiana State Sycamores men’s basketball team play their home games in Hulman Center (10,200) and are coached by Greg Lansing.