When the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team entered the locker room trailing Illinois State by 17 points on Saturday night in Normal, Ill., head coach Matt Lottich’s message was concise yet clear – ‘just fight.’
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will hit the road for the first of back-to-back away games on Saturday night at Illinois State. This snaps a streak of four straight games without a hotel stay. Valpo will look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game winning streak over SIUE, North Dakota and Grand Canyon from Nov. 12-22. A victory on Saturday would allow Valpo to match its Missouri Valley Conference win total from last season with four games to spare.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put together the program’s best defensive outing in 36 years on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, rolling to a 55-38 victory that snapped visiting Southern Illinois’ seven-game winning streak. On a night where Valpo limited the Salukis to just 23.6 percent shooting, Ben Krikke threatened a double-double with a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds. The 38 points marked the fewest allowed by a Valpo against a Division-I opponent since 1984.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will close out a home-heavy stretch by welcoming the surprise team of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday night. A Southern Illinois squad that was picked to finish last in the preseason poll but is instead competing for the league title under first-year head coach Bryan Mullins will be in town for Wednesday’s contest. This will mark Valpo’s third home fixture in a four-game span and fourth straight game without a hotel stay.
This week's edition of Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly w/ head coach Matt Lottich features the following topics:
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came from 14 points down with 7:54 remaining to create an opportunity to tie or take the lead on the game’s final possession, but host Loyola escaped with a 70-68 victory on Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena in Chicago. Four Valpo starters scored 13 points or more in Valpo’s tightest matchup with the Ramblers since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will make the short trip over the state line to visit the north side of Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The journey to Rogers Park will feature the latest installment in a longtime series with Loyola, a Sunday matinee that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Both teams are looking to rebound from losses on Wednesday night.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team held first-place UNI to its lowest point total in Missouri Valley Conference play this season, but the hosts couldn’t produce enough offense to knock off the Panthers on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. UNI, a team receiving votes nationally in the USA Today and AP polls, picked up its 20th win of the season thanks to a 63-51 triumph, sending Valpo to just its second home loss of the year.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will round out a set of consecutive home games for the first time all season on Wednesday as the team seeks its first set of back-to-back victories in conference play. Valpo will welcome the conference’s top team in UNI for Part 2 of the battle between the league’s top two scorers – Valpo’s Javon Freeman-Liberty and UNI’s A.J. Green.