QUESTION: Gene Smithson posted a 66-18 record in his three seasons as Illinois State's basketball coach from 1975-78. How many of those losses came at home?
ANSWER: Three. Smithson's first loss came in a 76-72 setback to Centenary and future Hall of Famer Robert Parish on Dec. 23, 1975 at Horton Field House. Exactly one year later the Redbirds suffered an 80-67 loss to Drake, then Saint Louis claimed an 84-77 double overtime win on Jan. 19, 1977. ISU posted a 16-0 home record in Smithson's 24-4 final season with the program.