The Sycamores are the No. 6 seed in the Southern Methodist regional while Arkansas is the No. 3 seed. The winner of the Indiana State/Arkansas contest will play the winner between No. 2 California and No. 7 Utah Valley between March 20-24 at a location to be determined.
The all-time series between the Sycamores and Razorbacks is tied at two but the last meeting was one for the record books. Indiana State's "Miracle Man" Bob Heaton swished a game winner at the buzzer to send the Sycamores to the Final Four on March 17, 1979. The Sycamores have not won in two previous trips to Fayetteville -- with both coming in the 1970's.
The Sycamores (23-10, 12-6 MVC) are playing in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and are making a trip to the NIT for the second straight year. Indiana State fell at Iowa in the opener of the 2013 NIT. Against the 2014 NIT field, the Sycamores are 1-1 -- splitting a pair of contests against Belmont in non-conference action.
The Razorbacks (21-11, 10-8 SEC) enter the NIT after falling to South Carolina in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing, Indiana State is a perfect 2-0 against members of the SEC -- winning at No. 25 Vanderbilt in 2011 and against Ole Miss in the 2012 Diamondhead Classic.
Indiana State will making its fourth trip to the NIT where they are 1-3 all-time. The Sycamores also appeared in 1977, 1978 and 2013.
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