Akron and Duquesne, both postseason teams from a season ago, highlight the squads coming to Valparaiso as the Crusaders’ men’s basketball team hosts a subregional round of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Nov. 18-20. It marks the first time Valpo has hosted part of an in-season men’s basketball tournament since 1977.
The Valparaiso Subregional begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 as Duquesne faces University of the District of Columbia. Later that night at 7:30 p.m., the Crusaders take on Akron, which won 23 games last season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Saturday evening’s action starts at 5 p.m. as well, as Duquesne and Akron play the early game. Valpo returns to the court at 7:30 p.m., matching up against IU Kokomo.
The Valparaiso Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic concludes on Sunday with two more games. The Crusaders play Duquesne, which advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 CBI, at 3:30 p.m., with IU Kokomo and UDC closing tournament play at 6 p.m.
Valparaiso opens the 2K Sports Classic with a previously announced game at Arizona in the Tucson Regional. The Crusaders will take on the Wildcats on Monday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. CT in a game that can be seen live nationwide on ESPNU.