It’s a Saturday night of Missouri Valley Conference hoops at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Indiana State makes its way to Porter County to create the latest installment of a deep history between the two instate foes. Valpo avenged a pair of regular season losses to eliminate head coach Greg Lansing’s team in the conference tournament a year ago in St. Louis, setting the stage for Saturday’s matchup that features two of the league’s top three scorers. In addition to the game, fans who come out will enjoy halftime entertainment courtesy of Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team incurred an 88-78 setback to UNI on Wednesday night at the McLeod Center in a back-and-forth game where the guests led by as many as 11. The Panthers, a team receiving votes nationally in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, clawed back with a large run late in the first half and early in the second half en route to improving to 10-0 at home this season. A battle between the league’s top two scorers lived up to the hype, as Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) poured in 28 points and UNI’s A.J. Green finished with 29.
A challenging test awaits the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, which will look for its second straight victory on Wednesday night at UNI. The Panthers are the highest regarded team in the conference by a variety of metrics and own an unblemished 9-0 record at home. After already eliminating one lengthy skid this season by winning at Evansville for the first time since 1969, Valpo will look to snap a 13-game skid at UNI and earn its first ever win when visiting Cedar Falls. UNI is receiving votes nationally in the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Coach Lottich joined Brandon Vickrey for another edition of Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly to recap Saturday's win at Drake and preview another tough test at UNI.
An unconventional but successful version of the home-run ball, a go-ahead 3-pointer by senior John Kiser and a clutch effort at the free-throw line were the key ingredients that helped create a 66-61 victory for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team over defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion Drake on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso University sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) was named to the 2019-20 Lou Henson Award midseason watch list, which was announced on Thursday.
After completing a stretch of five out of six on the road, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a Saturday afternoon affair with Drake. This will mark just the second home game played by Valpo since Dec. 8 and the first chance for students to catch the team after returning from the holiday break.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team incurred a 63-50 setback on Tuesday night at Southern Illinois, splitting a two-game Missouri Valley Conference road trip. Southern Illinois freshman star Marcus Domask scored 21 points on 8-of-8 shooting in the first half alone, spurring the hosts to victory at the Banterra Center in Carbondale. Valpo’s top performance came courtesy of senior John Kiser (Noblesville, Ind. / Noblesville), who equaled career bests in points and rebounds with nine of each. Another Valpo highlight was a dunk by sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) that would later appear on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
Carbondale is the next stop on the current road swing for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team as the squad faces off with Southern Illinois on Tuesday night. Valpo will attempt to win in Carbondale for the second straight year after sweeping the season series from the Salukis a year ago. This will mark the final game of a stretch where Valpo has played five out of six on the road with only one home game over a month’s time.