Head coach Homer Drew announced today that Arden Skoglund (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) has decided to leave the Valparaiso men's basketball team in order to pursue other opportunities in music and youth ministry.
Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Keaton Frye (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott) has been granted a release from his commitment to the Crusader basketball program and will be transferring to Augustana College.
Valparaiso led by 13 points in the first half, but UMKC cut the deficit to two at the half and took the lead early in the second half before eventually downing the Crusaders, 84-76, in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament quarterfinals. The loss ends Valpo's season at 16-15.
Valparaiso faces off against UMKC in a rematch of the regular season finale in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Opening tip Sunday night is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) was named to the All Mid-Continent Conference Second Team, while Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) received Honorable Mention accolades and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named to the All-Newcomer team as the league announced its annual awards today.
Valparaiso will face off against UMKC on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of its regular season finale in the first round of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Championship in Tulsa, Okla., the league announced today.
For the second consecutive game, Valparaiso stormed out of the gate in the second half, going on a 19-0 run over the first four minutes of the second stanza and cruising to a 77-61 victory over UMKC on Senior Night Saturday in the regular season finale at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) tied Zoran Viskovic's school record by making 11 free throws without a miss in the win.
Valparaiso will close out the regular season Saturday at the ARC against the Kangaroos of UMKC at 7:05 p.m. Moussa Mbaye will be honored prior to the game as part of Senior Night festivities, and will address the crowd following the contest. The entire Crusader team will also be available for an autograph session after the game.
Valparaiso utilized a rare eight-point possession to seize momentum early in the second half Thursday night against Southern Utah, and easily pulled away for a 75-48 victory over the Thunderbirds at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the win, Valpo clinches the three seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for the first of its final two games of the regular season Thursday night, hosting Southern Utah at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso renews one of its oldest rivalries Saturday, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face off against Western Michigan. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1920-21 campaign. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Central time, and the game will be carried on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso nailed six of its first seven shots from the field in the second half, extending a five-point halftime lead into double figures on its way to an 80-56 victory over Western Illinois Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the victory, head coach Homer Drew registered his 300th win at the helm of the Crusader program.
Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday to take on longtime conference foe Western Illinois. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. A videocast of the game will also be available on the athletics site.
Valparaiso fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit and had a shot to tie on its final possession, but could not get the 3-point attempt to fall, as Oakland defeated the Crusaders in Rochester, Mich. Saturday afternoon, 64-61.
Valparaiso looks to stay in the race for one of the top two seeds in the Mid-Con Tournament Saturday, taking on the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland. Tipoff is scheduled for noon Central time, and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso took a 31-25 lead into halftime Thursday evening at IUPUI, but the Jaguars scored 13 of the first 17 points of the second half to take the lead for good, eventually pulling away for a 68-54 victory over the Crusaders.
Valparaiso, winners of its last three games and seven of its last eight, begins its final Mid-Con road trip Thursday night, taking on IUPUI in Indianapolis at 6 p.m. Central time. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) registered a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Valparaiso used its best shooting performance of the season to defeat Chicago State Monday night in Chicago, Ill., 91-76.
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) has been named Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference for his role in leading the Crusaders to key conference wins last week over Oral Roberts and Centenary.
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Crusaders step out of conference play Monday to take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso allowed Centenary no field goals over the final 11:08 of the first half and closed the opening stanza on a 23-4 run on its way to an easy 68-50 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win marks the Crusaders' 200th victory all-time at the ARC.
Coming off of a 70-67 overtime victory over Oral Roberts on Thursday, Valparaiso looks to secure its spot in the conference's upper echelon as the Crusaders host the Centenary Gents Saturday night. The tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso stormed back from a nine-point deficit with under two minutes to play in regulation, forcing overtime on a Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) 3-pointer with five seconds to play, and held Oral Roberts to just two points in the extra session as the Crusaders downed the Mid-Con leaders, 70-67, Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss at Southern Utah as the Crusaders host Oral Roberts Thursday night at the ARC. The game, which tips off at 7:05 p.m., can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and can be seen on Lakeshore Public Television, with both audio and video webcasts available through www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Calum MacLeod (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley [Northeastern J.C.]) hit a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders ahead 12 seconds in overtime, and Valparaiso never trailed in the extra session, downing UMKC 56-52 Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo.
The Crusaders, on their third three-game winning streak of the season, hit the road to take on the Kangaroos of UMKC in Kansas City Thursday night. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named the Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball co-player of the week for his outstanding performance last week against Western Illinois, the league announced today.
ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston named Valparaiso as one of his five best college basketball game atmospheres last week as part of ESPN's Student Spirit Week, while fan voting placed Valpo 10th nationally among chosen schools.
Valparaiso takes a break from Mid-Con play Monday, hosting IPFW at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. For the Crusaders, it is the first home game since the ARC was selected as one of college basketball's top game atmospheres by ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston.
Valparaiso looks to defend its home court Saturday night, as Mid-Con rival IUPUI takes on the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, and both an audio webcast and video webcast will be available on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Samuel Haanpaa's (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) fifth 3-pointer of the ballgame gave Valpo a 72-71 lead with just over a minute to play, but Oakland's Erik Kangas hit a 3-pointer on the Golden Grizzlies' ensuing possession, and the Crusaders could not regain the lead, falling 81-76 Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso opens its Mid-Continent Conference home slate Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. as the Crusaders host Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has never lost to the Golden Grizzlies in eight matchups at the ARC. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television, with both the audio webcast and the vidcast being offered on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Valparaiso looks to win its second straight road game to open Mid-Con play as the Crusaders take on rival Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television.
Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) set a new career high with 16 points, including three key 3-pointers in the second half, as Valparaiso defeated Centenary, 66-62, Thursday night in Shreveport, La. in the Mid-Con opener for both squads.
Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) 3-pointer with 7:28 to play put Valparaiso ahead for good, and the Crusaders held on to make their return to the Athletics-Recreation Center a victorious one, defeating Chicago State Saturday night, 67-64.
Valparaiso returns home Saturday for the first time in over a month as the Crusaders take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State at 7:05 p.m. Valpo enters the game coming off a victory over San Francisco in its finale at the Rainbow Classic.
Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched his career-high output with 24 points, and the Crusaders hit free throws down the stretch to defeat San Francisco, 64-59, in the seventh place game of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Saturday in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Despite new career highs in scoring from Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian), Valparaiso fell to Charlotte Friday afternoon, 74-62, in the consolation bracket of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Valparaiso was within seven of Creighton at halftime of the Crusaders' opener at the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i, but the Bluejays pulled away in the second half for a 68-43 victory.
Valparaiso takes on the top team in the nation for the third consecutive year, as the Crusaders travel to Columbus, Ohio to match up with #3/1 Ohio State. The game marks the end of a six-day stretch in which Valpo has taken on three of the top-20 teams in the nation.
After hosting just two ranked teams in a nine-year span prior to this season, Valparaiso takes on a ranked team at the ARC for the second time in three days in the form of #19/18 Butler. The in-state rivals will meet twice each season beginning next year when Valpo joins the Horizon League.
Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) hit his third 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to move Valparaiso into a 62-62 tie with #8/9 Marquette, but Dominic James nailed a triple of his own with 3.4 seconds to play, and Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) last-second attempt from just inside halfcourt rimmed out to give the Golden Eagles a 65-62 victory over the Crusaders in front of a capacity crowd at the ARC.
The Valparaiso University Ticket Office announced today that tickets are still available for Monday and Wednesday night's men's basketball games, as the Crusaders host #13 Marquette and Butler, respectively, and for Saturday's game at #3 Ohio State. Tickets for women's basketball games are also available, as the Crusaders host Bradley on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
Valparaiso led by one, 27-26, with 7:02 to play in the first half Tuesday evening in Raleigh, N.C., but North Carolina State ended the half on a 14-2 run and pulled away for a 78-64 victory over the Crusaders.
Valparaiso used key 3-pointers late in the second half from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) to pull away from Niagara Saturday evening, 70-58.
The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office has tickets available for the Crusaders' December 2 men's basketball game at Ohio State. In addition, tickets remain for the home contests against Marquette and Butler.
The Crusaders look for their fifth win in as many matchups against the Mastodons of IPFW Monday night. Valpo won the only prior meeting between the two squads in Fort Wayne in the 2005-2006 regular season opener.
Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Bryan Bouchie has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program beginning with the 2007-2008 season.
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) registered a double-double Monday night and led four Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso cruised to a 91-48 victory over Trinity Christian in the final exhibition game for the Crusaders.
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) enjoyed a perfect 10-for-10 night from the field as Valparaiso defeated Indiana Wesleyan Saturday night at the ARC, 83-65, in the Crusaders' first exhibition game of the season.
Since the inception of the Mid-Continent Conference in 1982, no basketball team has enjoyed more success than the Valparaiso Crusaders, winners of nine regular season championships, eight tournament crowns and a seven-time representative of the league in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, twenty-five years later, the Crusaders are moving to the Horizon League, but not before a final season in the Mid-Con and one more shot to bring home another championship.
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team is projected to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference this season in a preseason poll of the league's coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members.
Midnight Mayhem presented by Cardinal Bus will take place on Friday, October 20 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to help kickoff the 2006-2007 basketball seasons both the Valparaiso University men's and women's teams.
Tarrance Price, who went to two NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Crusader basketball team from 1998-2000, has rejoined the Valpo family as the Director of Basketball Operations, Head Coach Homer Drew announced today.
Home games against regional powers Butler and Marquette, road contests at some of college basketball's top venues and a late December trip to Hawai'i highlight the 2006-07 Valparaiso University men's basketball schedule, announced today by 18th-year Head Coach Homer Drew.
For the third straight season, the Valparaiso University men's basketball team will take part in the ESPN BracketBusters series, a two-day, 51-game showcase of some of the nation's top college basketball programs.