Up next for IPFW: Today vs. IUPUI
When: 7 p.m. (EST)
Where: Gates Sports Center
On the air: ESPN 1380-AM
Records: IPFW (15-6, 3-1 Summit League),IUPUI (5-16, 0-4 SL)
Expected starters for the Mastodons: Steve Forbes – 6-9, redshirt junior center; Luis Jacobo – 6-5, senior forward; Michael Kibiloski – 6-7, senior forward; Pierre Bland – 6-2, senior guard; Joe Edwards – 6-4, junior guard.
Update: IPFW had a 75-61 loss at South Dakota, which snapped the Mastodons' five-game win streak. They were without the services of junior guard Isaiah McCray, who injured his foot against South Dakota State two weeks ago and is listed as day-to-day as he tries to recover. With McCray out of the lineup, Edwards steps into the starting lineup and brings an ability to slash and score (7.7 points per game and he's shooting over 47 percent from the floor). IUPUI has dropped four consecutive games and nine of its last 10, however, the Jaguars annually seem to cause problems for their in-league and in-state rival. The Mastodons, on the other hand, are in the midst of a record-setting season. IPFW's 15-6 mark is the best in program history at the NCAA Division I level, and the team is ranked 24th in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 national poll. Also, the Mastodons' 128th ranking in the latest RPI calculations is a program best (180th was previous high). IPFW is also tied with Indiana State for the most wins by any NCAA Division I program in the state. Senior forward Luis Jacobo continues to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Mastodons at nearly 15 points per game, while sophomore forward Joe Reed leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game. IPFW has eight players averaging between 7.5 and 14.9 points per game and four players pulling down between 4.4 and 5.5 rebounds per game. A measure of a good team is whether they can make more free throws than its opponent attempts and IPFW is close in that category trailing 337 to 343.
IPFW coach Tony Jasick: “When you are building a program, or I should say when you are trying to build a program like we are, every in-state, every in-region opponent is a big game for you. Every one of those types of games is significant in our continued growth. The more teams that you can compete with, the more teams that you can beat, that are in your recruiting area and your fan base area, it helps.”