The Indiana State Sycamores basketball is the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011.
The Sycamores' first season was 1896, making them the oldest basketball team in the NCAA along with Bucknell, Minnesota and Washington; however, the records from 1896 to 1899 no longer exist. The Sycamores boast 2 College Players of the Year, 14 All-Americans, 39 1,000-point scorers and 1,496 victories. Their victory count places them in the Top 70 of all NCAA Division I programs.
In addition, the Sycamores have 26 Post-Season Appearances with 5 National Championship Appearances. Seven Sycamores were members of the 1951 Pan-American Games Gold Medal-winning team. The Sycamore's most memorable season was 1978–79, when star Larry Bird led an undefeated team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as the UPI National title. However, it lost the national title game versus the Magic Johnson-led Michigan State team; and ended the season with a record of 33–1.