Jay Harris, a 6'1” guard out of Oswego East [Ill.] H.S., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Valparaiso men's basketball program as a freshman for the 2010-2011 season. Harris comes to Valpo ranked as the #22 point guard in the nation in the Class of 2010, according to ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc., and as the fifth-best prospect overall in his class from the state of Illinois.
Valparaiso redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) represented the Crusaders on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 Second Team, as released today by the NABC.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team saw its 2009-2010 campaign come to an end Tuesday at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the sixth-seeded Crusaders fell to seventh-seeded Detroit, 89-82, in first round action in the 2010 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship.
Valparaiso redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year today as the league unveiled its postseason awards. In addition, both Wood and Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) earned spots on the All-League Second Team, as well as the All-Newcomer Team.
Valparaiso, which finished in a tie for fourth place in the league regular season standings, is the sixth seed for the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship and will host seventh-seeded Detroit Tuesday evening in first round action.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team, which finished tied for fourth in the Horizon League regular season with a 10-8 record, earned the sixth seed for the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship and will open play at the ARC on Tuesday evening against seventh-seeded Detroit at 7 p.m.
Valparaiso led #15/10 Butler at the half in front of a capacity crowd at the Athletics-Recreation Center Friday night and was still leading with less than ten minutes to play, but the Crusaders eventually fell to the Bulldogs, 74-69, in both teams' regular season finale. Senior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) broke Valpo's program record for games played in a career with his 128th appearance.
Valparaiso closes out regular season play Friday night with a matchup against in-state rival #15/10 Butler from the ARC live nationwide on ESPNU. It also marks the Crusaders' Senior Night, honoring lone senior Brandon McPherson for his contributions to the program over the last five years.
The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office announced today that tickets are currently on sale for the Crusaders' first round game in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship on Tuesday at 7 p.m. In addition, there are still tickets available for Friday night's 8 p.m. game against #15/10 Butler.
Valparaiso was unable to capture a victory in its final non-league game of the regular season, falling to Bowling Green State University 87-70 Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio. Fifth-year senior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched the Crusader career record for games played with his 127th career game, tying Raitis Grafs.
Valparaiso takes one last breather from Horizon League action on Saturday as the Crusaders travel to the east to face off against Bowling Green State University. Valpo, which has won nine of its last 12 games, would secure at least a .500 overall mark for the season with a victory.
Freshman guard Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) scored a career-best 27 points off the bench Wednesday, leading a 52-point night from Valparaiso's reserves as the Crusaders led by as many as 20 in an 84-73 win over Loyola at the ARC. With the win, the Crusaders secured a first-round home game in the Horizon League Championship.
In a fight for seeding heading into the league championship, Valparaiso takes to the court of the ARC for the next-to-last time during the regular season on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host Loyola. A win would give the Crusaders their greatest number of league victories since joining the Horizon League in 2007-08.
Valparaiso looks to get back on the winning track on the road Saturday at Youngstown State. The Crusaders, who are closing out a stretch of five games in ten days, have just two regular-season league contests left after Saturday night, both at home at the ARC.
Down 18 with nine minutes to go, the Valparaiso men's basketball team attempted to mount a furious comeback, closing to within four points on a pair of occasions, but Cleveland State hit all its free throws down the stretch and held off the Crusaders, 80-71, Thursday night in Horizon League action in Cleveland, Ohio.
Valparaiso continues a stretch of five Horizon League games in a ten-day span on Thursday evening, hitting the road to take on Cleveland State. The Crusaders and the Vikings enter the game as two of the league's hottest squads, as Valpo has won seven of its last nine and CSU has won five in a row and eight of its last ten.
A relatively low-scoring tied game at halftime turned into a shootout in the second half Monday evening at the ARC, with Valparaiso taking the lead for good with 13 minutes to go en route to an 83-82 victory over UIC in Horizon League action. The win is the Crusaders' seventh in the last nine games.
Valparaiso closes out a stretch of three home games in five days with a rare Monday-evening showdown against UIC as the Crusaders continue their fight for an upper-division finish in league play. The game can be seen live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valparaiso ran out to a 19-point halftime lead over Detroit Saturday afternoon in Horizon League action at the ARC, and after the Titans took over the lead in the second half, the Crusaders rallied for a 74-70 victory to move into a tie with Detroit in the league standings.
Valparaiso plays the middle game of a three-game homestand Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Detroit in the HLN Game of the Week, seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It is also Valpo's turn to impress the Horizon League in the HLN Student Section Challenge, devised to determine the league's best student section.
Winners of five of its last six games, Valparaiso kicks off a stretch of three home games in a five-day span and five games overall in ten days when the Crusaders host Wright State Thursday night. Valpo, which sits just one game out of second place, plays the two teams currently tied for second place in its next two outings.
Valparaiso trailed by eight points with 4:36 to play Sunday afternoon in Horizon League action at Green Bay, but outscored the Phoenix 19-6 the rest of the way to claim a big 84-79 win in league play. The win was the Crusaders' first in Green Bay since 1991 and ended Valpo's four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
Valparaiso looks to end its four-game road trip on a winning note as the Crusaders take on Green Bay in a Sunday afternoon matinee at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valparaiso's Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) canned his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 27 seconds to play to tie Friday night's game at Milwaukee at 82 apiece, but Ricky Franklin answered with a 25-footer with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Panthers an 85-82 victory over the Crusaders. The loss snapped Valpo's four-game winning streak.
Valparaiso put together an emphatic all-around showing to earn its first victory at Loyola in 35 seasons Saturday afternoon, going on a 30-8 run over the final 12 minutes of the first half en route to an 86-67 win over the Ramblers. The win moved the Crusaders into a tie for third place halfway through the Horizon League campaign, and extends their winning streak to four games.
Valparaiso looks to end the first half of Horizon League play above .500 in the league standings as the Crusaders carry a three-game winning streak into Loyola on Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valparaiso utilized a stellar effort at the free throw stripe and a solid defensive performance Thursday evening to win on the road in Horizon League action, defeating UIC 64-58 in Chicago, just the Crusaders' second victory all-time on the Flames' home court.
Valparaiso used an 11-0 run midway through the first half to take the lead for good, never letting Cleveland State get closer than three points in the second stanza in a 78-71 victory at the ARC Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week. Senior guard Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored his 1,000th career point to cap the run, becoming the 29th player in Valpo history to reach the milestone.
Crusader guards Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) got Valparaiso off to a hot start Thursday evening and then combined to bring the Crusaders back from behind in the second half as Valpo defeated Youngstown State, 70-66, in Horizon League action at the ARC.
Valparaiso held a 57-48 lead with 7:09 to play Sunday afternoon in Horizon League action in Dayton, Ohio, but Wright State scored the game's final 11 points, including a long jumper by Vaughn Duggins with 4.7 seconds to play, to steal a 59-57 victory from the Crusaders.
Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) scored a career-high 31 points Friday evening, but it was not enough for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders saw a ten-point halftime lead erased as Detroit prevailed 77-67 in Detroit, Mich.
An evenly-matched game didn't fall Valparaiso's way Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the visiting Phoenix of Green Bay hit ten of its 12 free throw attempts in the end stages of the contest to hold off the Crusaders, 64-58.
Valparaiso looks to carry over the momentum from Thursday's win over Milwaukee into the 2010 calendar year, as the Crusaders host Green Bay Saturday evening in Horizon League action at the ARC. The game can be seen live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television or nationwide on the ESPN Full Court package.
Trailing by one with 3.8 seconds to play, Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) intercepted an inbounds pass just inside halfcourt and took it all the way to the rim, laying it in with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Valparaiso an improbable 55-54 victory over Milwaukee on New Year's Eve evening in the Horizon League home opener at the ARC.
Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for just its fourth home game of the 2009-2010 campaign as the Crusaders hit the heart of Horizon League play with a New Year's Eve matchup against Milwaukee Thursday night.
Valparaiso trailed by just nine with the ball in the early stages of the second half Sunday afternoon at Akron, but the Zips scored the next 14 points to take control as the Crusaders fell by a 77-57 count.
Valparaiso leaves town Tuesday evening for its first of two games on a brief road swing prior to Horizon League play, taking on IPFW. Valpo carries a two-game winning streak into the contest against the Mastodons.
Valparaiso exemplified the giving spirit of the holiday season on Saturday evening as the Crusaders handed out 27 assists on 33 baskets in an 83-57 victory over Concordia (Wis.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Horizon League Network (www.HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv) (HLN), in conjunction with the Horizon League, will name the conference's No. 1 student section at the conclusion of the 2009-10 men's basketball regular season. The winning section will be announced live on HLN March 1, and awarded the inaugural traveling trophy.
Valparaiso put together a complete game in its return to the Athletics-Recreation Center, locking down on defense while lighting up the scoreboard on the offensive end in an 81-49 victory over Toledo Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso plays on its home court for just the second time during the regular season, returning to the ARC to take on Toledo in a Saturday afternoon matinee. The game will be televised live on Lakeshore Public Television. ***Season ticket holders, please note that the game time is 2 p.m. Please disregard any alternate game time listed on the tickets.***
Valparaiso fell behind 22-3 just over seven minutes into the game, a deficit it could not overcome, as #5/5 Purdue went on to an 86-62 victory over the Crusaders Wednesday evening in West Lafayette, Ind.
Valparaiso concludes its challenging early-season slate of ranked foes with a trip to West Lafayette to face #5/5 Purdue on Wednesday evening. Less than a month into the season, the Boilermakers will be the fourth top-25 team the Crusaders have faced and the third inside the top-five at game time. The game can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
An 11-0 run early in the second half was too much for Valparaiso to overcome Saturday evening in its Horizon League opener, as the Crusaders dropped an 84-67 decision to #23/20 Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.
Valparaiso continues its challenging early-season stretch of games Saturday, as the December Horizon League weekend brings about a trip to nationally-ranked in-state rival Butler. It will be the third game already this season in which the Crusaders have taken on one of the nation's top-25 teams.
Valparaiso sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) represented the Crusaders on the Legends Classic Statesboro Subregional All-Tournament Team, as announced following the conclusion of the weekend's action.
Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) posted a game-high 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Valparaiso led for the game's last 30 minutes en route to an 86-74 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith Sunday afternoon in Statesboro, Ga. to close out play at the Legends Classic.
Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) scored 39 points on Friday evening as the Crusaders used an 18-3 run in the early stages of the second half to extend their halftime advantage en route to a 97-89 victory at Georgia Southern in Legends Classic action.
Gene Bartow, who served as Valparaiso's head men's basketball coach from 1964-1970, was one of six inductees in the Class of 2009 into the National Collegiate Basketball of Fame in a ceremony held this past Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.
Valparaiso takes part in the Statesboro subregional of the Legends Classic, spending Thanksgiving weekend on the campus of Georgia Southern University as the Crusaders face the host Eagles on Friday before taking on Troy on Saturday and Arkansas-Fort Smith on Sunday.
A game-high 24 points from Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) were not enough Sunday afternoon, as Valparaiso fell to #2/2 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. 90-60 in the Crusaders' Legends Classic opener.
Valparaiso returns to action on Sunday against another squad in the nation's top echelon, traveling to East Lansing, Mich. to face defending national runner-up #2/2 Michigan State. Sunday's game is the first of four the Crusaders will play as part of the Legends Classic, and can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
Fifth-year senior guard Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored 14 straight points to start a 21-0 Valparaiso run in the second half, turning a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead as the Crusaders went on to a 78-56 victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday evening over IU-South Bend. McPherson ended the night with a career-high 25 points.
Valparaiso takes aim at the defending national champions on Sunday afternoon, as for the third straight year, the Crusaders face off against #6/4 North Carolina. The game can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports South (DirecTV channel 646).
Newcomers Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) each surpassed 20 points Friday evening in Valparaiso's season opener, but it was not enough, as Ball State led start-to-finish in an 88-78 victory over the Crusaders in Muncie, Ind.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting canned goods for the Hilltop Neighborhood House Pantry at men's and women's basketball games on November 18, 19, and 22.
The Valparaiso men's basketball exhibition opener was a high-scoring affair that saw the Crusaders fight nearly all the way back from a 16-point second half deficit, but in the end Valpo could not complete the comeback, as Indianapolis came away with an 88-83 victory Sunday afternoon at the ARC.
Valparaiso enters the 2009-2010 season looking to bounce back from a 2008-2009 campaign which saw the Crusaders finish below .500 for just the second time in the last 16 years. Six letterwinners, including three starters, return from last year's squad, while eight newcomers join the Crusader team to help Valpo return to its winning ways.
The Valparaiso athletic department and Lakeshore Public Television have again teamed up for the 2009-2010 basketball season, as six Crusader men's basketball games and one Crusader women's basketball game will be broadcast live on Lakeshore this year.
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League for the 2009-10 season, according to polling of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media members.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew will be speaking as the Special Guest at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County 10th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner at the Porter County Expo Center on Thursday, October 15.
Fans are invited to get their first glimpse of the 2009-2010 Valparaiso basketball teams at Valpo Hoops Mania presented by Cardinal Bus, to be held Friday, October 23 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the main program beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team is scheduled to appear on ESPNU twice during Horizon League play this upcoming season, as the league released its schedule of games on the ESPN family of networks for the 2009-2010 campaign today.
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Homer Drew will serve as walk chairman this Sunday, September 27 for the 2009 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northwest Indiana Walk to Cure Diabetes at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team will play at least three games during the 2009-2010 season that will air nationwide, as it was announced today that the Michigan State and Purdue contests will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, along with the North Carolina game being aired on Fox Sports South. Also, the Crusaders revealed their final three opponents for the Legends Classic in late November.
Andy Viano will join long-time play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow as the color commentator for both Valparaiso University football and men's basketball broadcasts this season on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, Valparaiso University Director of Athletics, Mark LaBarbera has announced.
Five games against preseason consensus top-15 teams nationally, including contests against both reigning national champion North Carolina and national runner-up Michigan State, highlight the Valparaiso men's basketball 2009-2010 schedule, as announced today by head coach Homer Drew.
Season tickets for the 2009-2010 home men's and women's basketball seasons are now on sale at Valparaiso University, and for the first time in years, all seats are available to the general public without any prerequisites.
Valparaiso men's basketball players Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and Cameron Witt (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia/Launceston) both recently finished representing their native Australia at a pair of world basketball tournaments.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that the Crusaders have signed 6'7”, 235 lb. forward Milos Milosevic (Bar, Montenegro/Oakmont [Calif.] H.S. [Yuba College]) to a National Letter of Intent. He will join the Crusaders for the 2009-2010 campaign with three years of eligibility remaining.
Junior Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) and incoming sophomore Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland (Ill.) C.C.]) will represent the Valparaiso men's basketball program as they join eight other Division I players on an Athletes in Action team that will embark on a one-week competitive tour against teams in Poland and Berlin, Germany later this month.