Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, head coach Matt Lottich’s team did more than hold its own, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round.
Valparaiso University men’s basketball sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) added another honor to his long list of accolades from the 2019-2020 season on Monday as he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District First Team for District 16.
After making an unprecedented run to the Missouri Valley Conference title game by becoming the lowest seed to reach the final game in the 30-year history of Arch Madness, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell a victory shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament with an 80-66 loss to Bradley on Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, a game that was played in front of a coast-to-coast national television audience on CBS.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play for the Missouri Valley Conference title and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament that goes along with it on Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Seventh-seeded Valpo’s unlikely run to the championship game has featured victories over Evansville, Loyola and Missouri State. Now, one win separates the program from its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. In order to punch a ticket to the Big Dance, Valpo will have to knock off defending Arch Madness champion Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
Valparaiso University star sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) once again put on his Super Man cape during Saturday night’s Missouri Valley Conference semifinal at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
After upsetting second-seeded Loyola on Friday night at Arch Madness, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play for a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference title game on Saturday evening at the Enterprise Center. Valpo will look to become the first team since the conference went to the current 10-team format in 1997 to play in the opening round of the tournament and reach the title game. Valpo and Missouri State tied for sixth in the regular-season standings with the Bears taking the No. 6 seed at Arch Madness by virtue of the NET tiebreaker.
Check back for details on Valpo's 74-73 overtime upset of Loyola on Saturday at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has secured a Missouri Valley Conference victory for the second straight season, advancing to the quarterfinal round thanks to Thursday’s escape of Evansville. Valpo will match up with Loyola in an Arch Madness quarterfinal for the second consecutive season. The Ramblers took both of this year’s regular season matchups between the two nearby foes, winning the two games by a combined five points.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program’s bright future was on full display on the Missouri Valley Conference’s biggest stage as the team’s top two scorers were freshmen in Thursday’s Arch Madness opening-round game at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.