Illinois State Faces Wichita State in Semis

March 2, 2012

 Illinois State vs. No. 15 Wichita State | St. Louis
 Date  Saturday, March 3
 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
 1:30 p.m. CT
 Scottrade Center
 Radio  WJBC 1230 AM, FM 93.7 (Dick Luedke - Play-by-Play | Mike Matthews - Analyst)
 Television  Valley-TV: John Rooney (play-by-play), Mark Adams (analyst)
 Video Stream  ESPN3
 Live Stats  StatBroadcast
 Game Notes  Illinois State Notes


  • Illinois State and Wichita State meet in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals for the second time in three seasons. The Redbirds are 4-3 all-time against the Shockers in the post-season event.
  • The Redbirds own a 9-10 record all-time in the Valley Tournament semifinals.
  • Illinois State has not beaten a ranked opponent since downing No. 14 Iowa, 89-88, on Dec. 29, 1987.
  • The Redbirds have lost 24-straight games against ranked opponents.
  • ISU junior Jackie Carmichael needs only six more rebounds to collect 600 for his career. By reaching the milestone, Carmichael will become the 18th player in Illinois State history to collect 600 career rebounds.
  • Illinois State enters the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed for only the fourth time since joining the league in 1982 and the first since 1994. The Redbirds advanced to the championship game from the No. 4 seed in 1982.
  • Illinois State was projected to finish eighth in the Valley's preseason poll, but the Redbirds finished tied for third.
  • Illinois State posted nine league victories for the 20th time since joining the Valley in 1981-82. ISU is in its 31st Valley season.
  • Carmichael has posted 12 double-doubles this season and has registered one in five of the last seven games.
  • Jankovich owns a 54-46 record (.540) against members of the Missouri Valley Conference during his time with the Redbirds, including a 48-42 (.533) mark in the regular season.
  • Since the tournament moved to the Scottrade Center, the Redbirds are 19-16 in the Valley postseason event.
  • ISU is in its 42nd season as a NCAA Division I program, and during that time has only had eight losing seasons.
  • Jankovich is the first coach in league history to lead his team to back-to-back Valley (@MVCSports) Tournament title games in his first two seasons.
  • The Redbirds have made 17 postseason appearances, including NIT berths in three of the last four seasons.

    This Valley television broadcast will be cleared live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports, ESPN3, DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748).


  • Wichita State is located in Wichita, Kan., and has an enrollment of 15,100. The Shockers are members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers were projected to finish second in the Valley, according to the league's preseason poll, and received seven first-place votes.
  • The Shockers return three starters from its National Invitation Tournament championship team, which finished 29-8 last season.
  • Wichita State seniors Joe Ragland and Garrett Stutz were each selected to the 2012 All-Valley First-Team, while head coach Gregg Marshall was named the Valley Coach of the Year.
  • Wichita State assistant coaches Chris Jans, who holds the associate coach title, and Dana Ford know the Redbirds well. Jans coached three seasons at Illinois State (2004-07) under Porter Moser. Ford played for the Redbirds and lettered from 2003-06.

    Over the last seven games, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone putting up bigger numbers than Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael. The Redbird junior is averaging 15.7 points and 13.0 points per game and has five double-doubles during that span. Also over the seven games, Carmichael has collected rebound totals of 20, 19, 15, 14 and 13.

    Since becoming eligible on Dec. 18, sophomore Bryant Allen has been a key component of the Redbird bench. Seeing action in 19 games, all as a reserve, Allen has posted seven double-digit scoring games this season off the bench. In regular-season Valley games, Allen is ISU's third-leading scorer with 9.9 points per game, in 20.6 minutes per contest. By no surprise, Allen was named to the league's all-bench team.

    With 9.5 rebounds per game, Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael is the top rebounder in the Missouri Valley Conference. With the rebounding title, Carmichael became only the second Redbird to lead the Valley in rebounding, joining Dinma Odiakosa, who averaged 8.7 rebounds during the 2009-10 season.

    Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael enters the game with a 9.5 rebounding average this season, including a 9.6 rebound per game mark in Valley contests. If Carmichael is able to keep his average above 9.0 rebounds per game for the season, he would be the first Redbird to do so in 35 seasons. Jeff Wilkins, the father of current Redbird John Wilkins, averaged 11.1 rebounds per game during the 1976-77 season.

    Junior Jackie Carmichael and the Illinois State Redbirds put together an effort fit for Arch Madness in Friday's game against Northern Iowa. Carmichael's five blocked shots were the most by an ISU player in the Valley Tournament, while his 15 rebounds equalled the school record of Derrick Sanders' 15-rebound effort against Bradley on March 4, 1986.

    Sophomore Bryant Allen arrived on campus as a member of the Redbird football team. After his 29-point outburst against Creighton, Allen is proving himself as a legitimate threat on the hardwood. Allen's 29 tallies were the most scored by a Redbird this season and the most since Dinma Odiakosa poured in 30 points against Missouri State on Feb. 17, 2010.

    Jackie Carmichael's career-best 20 rebounds against Drake equaled the most rebounds by a Redbird in the history of Redbird Arena. Carmichael's effort matched Anthony Slack's 20-rebound effort against Creighton on Feb. 27, 2008. Prior to Slack, Illinois State had not had an individual 20-rebound performance since Del Yarbrough grabbed 20 caroms against Northern Illinois, Dec. 22, 1978. Ten days later against Oakland, Carmichael hauled in 19 rebounds to pace the Redbirds.

    Illinois State enters the Wichita State game with at least one made three in 395-straight games. The last time ISU didn't sink a trey was an 82-43 loss at Creighton, Dec. 12, 1999.

    Head coach Tim Jankovich posted his 100th victory at Illinois State in the 79-75 win over Oakland. With now 102 victories, Jankovich is only the second coach in ISU history to post at least 100 wins in five seasons at the helm. Jankovich joins Kevin Stallings, who won 107 games in his first five seasons at ISU.

    In 20 games this season, Jackie Carmichael has scored in double-figures. In those contests, the Redbirds have posted a 14-6 record. Carmichael has also collected 14 double-digit rebound games this season, resulting in a 11-3 Redbird mark. When he posts a double-double, ISU is 10-2 this season.

    Valley All-Freshman Team honoree Nic Moore has dished out at least three assists in 20 games this season. He leads the team with 115 dimes and boasts a 1.74 assist-to-turnover ratio. Moore has dished out five or more assists in a game nine different times this season, with seven being ISU wins. Moore collected more assists this season, through 19 games, than any Redbird did last season in 31 games.

    With five assists at Northern Iowa, Nic Moore became the first Illinois State freshman to post 100 assists in a single season since Victor Williams during the 1998-99 season. Williams finished with 103 assists that season and was named the 1999 Valley Freshman of the Year. Moore has 115 assists, which is the most by an ISU freshman since Ron Jones (212) during the 1976-77 season.

    After Bryant Allen's career-high 29 points against Creighton, ISU now has eight players on the roster who have scored at least 20 points in an NCAA Division I game. The eight Redbird players is the most by any team in the Valley. Jackie Carmichael has nine 20-point efforts in his career, including five this season, while Tyler Brown also has five 20-point games this season and Anthony Cousin, John Wilkins, Nic Moore and Jon Ekey have each posted one. Trey Blue had a 20-point effort while playing at Fordham.

    Illinois State Jackie Carmichael has made 128 free throws this season on 181 attempts, both of which lead the Redbirds. Carmichael's 128 charity tosses are the most made by a Redbird in a single season since Tarise Bryson converted 207 free throws during the 2000-01 campaign.

    Junior John Wilkins bears the nickname "Frenchy" from his teammates, being born on French soil. Wilkins is also being called on to be the Redbird stopper this year by the ISU coaching staff. Boasting similar traits used to describe the "French Defence," Wilkins brings solidarity and resilience to the Redbird defensive game plan. Already this season, Wilkins has proven to be a challenge against some of the Valley's best.

    It sounds a little cliché, but for ISU it is a reality. When comparing the Redbirds' stats in wins and losses, the variances on defensive field goal percentage and rebounding margin is astounding. In victory, Illinois State is holding its opponents to 36.6 percent shooting, while losses have had Redbird foes shooting 47.6 percent. In wins, the Redbirds own a +8.4 rebounding margin, but have a -5.2 margin in defeat.

    Jackie Carmichael was named to the 2012 All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team, despite putting up first-team type numbers, especially in league play. Carmichael is averaging 13.7 points and a league-best 9.5 rebounds this season, which is coincidently right in line with Dinma Odiakosa's numbers following the 2009-10 season. Odiakosa, who is the last Redbird post player to earn first-team all-league honors, averaged 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds that season. In regular-season league games, Carmichael averaged 13.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

    Valley All-Newcomer Team selection Tyler Brown can hit the outside shot. The junior college transfer paces Illinois State with 61 made three-pointers on the season. With five more makes, Brown would crack the top-10 for most threes in a season at Illinois State.

    A lot has been made of Jackie Carmichael's rebound numbers this season. His 296 boards currently rank No. 12 on Illinois State's all-time single-season best list. With 10 more caroms, Carmichael would take over the No. 10 spot, which is really impressive since no Redbird has cracked the top-10 in single-season rebounding since the 1976-77 campaign.

    When the Redbird defense is clicking, Illinois State has held 14 opponents this season to under 40 percent shooting, including eight Valley games, and five teams have shot under 30 percent.

    ISU has had six different players account for this season's starting lineup, yet none of them are from the state of Illinois. The 'Birds have started players from Kansas (Jackie Carmichael), Missouri (Jon Ekey), Alaska (Anthony Cousin), Indiana (Nic Moore), Kentucky (Tyler Brown) and France (John Wilkins).

    ISU's Jon Ekey is elevating his game during league play. In non-conference games, Ekey averaged 4.1 rebounds per contest, but in Valley play, Ekey is collecting 5.5 boards per game. Ekey's Valley average is second on the team, only trailing Jackie Carmichael's 9.6 rebounds per contest.

    The fate of Illinois State's basketball team can pretty much be decided by only 20 minutes of play. In the Tim Jankovich-era, the Redbirds boast a 72-11 (.867) mark when leading at the half. In addition, ISU owns a 88-8 mark (.917) under Jankovich when leading with five minutes remaining in regulation.

    THAT 70's SHOW
    ISU's success during the Tim Jankovich-era has been pretty much based on 70 points. When the Redbirds score 70 or more points, Illinois State owns a 56-15 record (.789) in his five seasons. When ISU opponent's score less than 70 points, the Redbirds are 86-30 (.741) during that span.

    North Chicago High School point guard Aaron Simpson and Anthony Beane Jr., a product of Normal Community High School and the son of Illinois State assistant basketball coach Anthony Beane Sr., will continue their collegiate and basketball careers at Illinois State, after each signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the NCAA early signing period. Last season, Simpson averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while sinking 71 three-point field goals. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior also led North Chicago to a fourth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 3A State Tournament. Beane, who was named the 2011 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, started the last two seasons at NCHS and averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game last year. He led the Ironmen to a fourth-place finish at the IHSA Class 4A State Tournament.