Crusaders Set For Pair of Games From Savannah

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its best start in 50 years this weekend as it completes the Savannah Invitational with a pair of games in Savannah, Ga. The Crusaders will face Kent State on Friday night before taking on UNCW to conclude the invitational on Saturday.


Walker Leads Way With Career Best In Win Over Samford


The depth of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was on display again on Tuesday evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders paired two starters with three players off the bench during a big second-half run, pulling away from Samford for an 88-67 victory as part of the Savannah Invitational.


Men's Basketball Continues Savannah Invitational At ARC Tuesday


With four big wins in as many games to open the season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to improve to 5-0 on Tuesday night as the Crusaders host Samford at the ARC. The game is the second of four Valpo will play as part of the Savannah Invitational, as the team will fly down to Savannah, Ga. on Wednesday for the final two games of the event.


Late Explosion Propels Crusaders To Another Big Victory


The run came later than it did in any of the first three games of the year for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, but it was an emphatic spurt, as the Crusaders outscored Southeastern Louisiana 41-12 over the game’s final 13 minutes to pull away for an 83-50 victory over the Lions Sunday afternoon at the ARC.


Men's Basketball Returns Home Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens up play as part of the Savannah Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the ARC as the Crusaders welcome Southeastern Louisiana to town. Sunday’s game is the first of two home games for Valpo as part of the event, which concludes in Savannah, Ga. on Thanksgiving weekend.


Crusaders Handle SIUE On Road Wednesday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was playing on the road for the first time in the regular season Wednesday night, but other than the venue, the game played out quite similar to the Crusaders’ first two outings of the season, as Valpo used a big first-half run to take control in a 94-69 victory at SIUE.


Men's Basketball Faces First Road Test of Year Wednesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time in the regular season on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders play at SIU Edwardsville. The game against the Cougars is the Crusaders’ lone true road game until Dec. 7. Check out head coach Matt Lottich's thoughts on the first two regular season games and his thoughts about the upcoming contests on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly.


Crusaders Take Down Trolls Monday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the year as the Crusaders cruised to an 83-46 victory over Trinity Christian at the ARC on Monday night. With his first basket of the day, senior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his career.


Men's Basketball Hosts Trinity Christian Monday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its second straight win to start the season on Monday evening as the Crusaders host Trinity Christian at the ARC. The men’s basketball program asks its fans to help Shed Light on Foster Care on Monday night, as any fan who brings a night light or a stuffed animal to donate to foster care children will receive free admission. Senior Tevonn Walker enters the game just one point away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his career.


Basketball Earns Season-Opening Win Over North Park


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team held North Park scoreless for over 10 minutes to start off the season opener Friday evening at the ARC en route to an 88-46 victory over the Vikings. The win extended the Crusaders’ winning streak in home openers to 13 consecutive years.


Valpo Basketball Weekly


Play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow sits down with head coach Matt Lottich to look back at the exhibition games and preview Friday's season opener against North Park.


Valpo Men's Basketball Ready for Season Opener


The lid lifts on the 2017-18 season for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Friday evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders welcome North Park to town. It will be a new journey for the Crusaders this year, as they commence their first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Friday will be Military Night, with free admittance to attendees with a military ID, pre-game recognition and a special game ball presentation.


Javon Freeman-Liberty Signs With Valpo Basketball


Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Matt Lottich announced Wednesday that Javon Freeman-Liberty - one of the top prospects in the Class of 2018 in the state of Illinois - has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader men’s basketball program as a freshman for the 2018-19 season.


Valpo Men's Basketball Season Preview


The mantra “Forever Champions” rings especially true for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program. The Crusaders have maintained a standard of success matched by few mid-major programs, racking up league championships and postseason appearances year after year.


Crusaders Lock Down In Exhibition Win at Chicago State


After winning its first exhibition game of the 2017-18 season with an impressive offensive output, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team turned around with a stellar defensive effort Saturday afternoon at Chicago State, limiting the Cougars to 15 second-half points as the Crusaders pulled away for a 77-42 victory. A special hurricane relief exhibition, the game raised more than $1,000 for the Lutheran World Relief organization.


Men’s Basketball Rolls to Exhibition Victory


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put on a show for the home fans at the ARC on Thursday evening in its lone home exhibition game, showcasing an up-tempo, attacking mentality in running away with a 117-69 victory over Robert Morris (Ill.), which entered the game ranked 12th in the NAIA Division II preseason poll.


Valpo Basketball Broadcast Information For 2017-18


With men’s and women’s basketball season quickly approaching, Valpo Athletics announced today the department’s broadcast plans for the 2017-18 season.


Mini-Packs On Sale Now for Men’s Basketball


A number of mini-packs are on sale now for Valpo Men’s Basketball this coming season, giving fans the chance to purchase packages ranging from four to six games.


Valpo Men’s Basketball to Play in Hurricane Relief Exhibition at Chicago State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will join the multitude of Division I men’s basketball programs nationwide helping to raise funds and awareness for victims of recent national disasters, as the Crusaders travel to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 4 for a 3 p.m. exhibition game at Chicago State.


Walker Tabbed Preseason Second Team Selection; Valpo Picked Sixth


Valparaiso University senior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) has been selected as a preseason Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, while the Crusader men’s basketball team has been picked to finish in sixth place during the 2017-18 season as the MVC released its preseason poll on Tuesday.


Valpo Hosts Season Ticket Holder Open Practice Friday Night


With the 2017-18 season right around the corner, the Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball teams hosted their annual Season Ticket Holder Open Practice on Friday evening at the ARC.


Men’s Basketball Set For Three NBC Sports Chicago Appearances


The Missouri Valley Conference will clear a 22-game men’s basketball television package on FOX Sports Midwest and NBC Sports Chicago (formerly known as Comcast SportsNet Chicago) in 2017-18, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. The package includes at least three appearances by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team.


MVC Announces CBS Sports Broadcast Package


For the third consecutive year, CBS Sports Network will televise a package of Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball games, including Valparaiso University’s home game at the ARC against UNI on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and the State Farm MVC Tournament semifinals. CBS Sports will continue to televise the title game of Arch Madness for a 13th consecutive year on March 4.


ESPN Broadcast Schedule Announced For Men’s Basketball


Two regular season Missouri Valley Conference games on ESPN2 highlight the ESPN broadcast schedule for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team in the 2017-18 season, as announced today by the conference office. The remainder of the Crusaders’ broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 season will be finalized in the coming days, as the conference announces its CBS Sports Network and FOX Sports/MVC TV selections.


Valpo Men’s Basketball Season Tickets On Sale Now


Coming off of a seventh consecutive postseason appearance and entering its first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Valparaiso University men’s basketball season tickets are now on sale for the 2017-18 season.


Men’s Basketball Schedule Complete as MVC Releases Conference Slate


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program rounded out its schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference office released this season’s conference schedule.


Valpo Announces Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program announced its non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Tuesday afternoon, a 13-game slate which features six contests against programs which advanced to the postseason last year.


Adekoya Signs Professional Contract With CB Peñas Huesca


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program continues to send players into the professional ranks, with Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park ,Ill./Andrew) becoming the latest Crusader alum to ink a pro contract. Adekoya signed over the weekend with CB Peñas Huesca of LEB Oro – the second division of Spanish professional basketball.


Valpo In the Valley: Men's Basketball


Continuing the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, is men’s basketball. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in men’s basketball, how Valpo has fared against opponents from The Valley in the past, and hear from head coach Matt Lottich as he talks about what the program is looking forward to entering its first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way in 2017-18 for his team.


Emanuel Dildy Joins Valpo Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Emanuel Dildy has joined the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach. A Chicago native, Dildy brings power conference and Missouri Valley Conference coaching experience to the Valpo bench as the Crusaders prepare for their inaugural season of MVC play.


Hammink Inks Professional Contract With Bilbao Basket


Another product of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program entered the ranks of professional basketball players on Friday, as it was announced that Shane Hammink had signed a professional contract with Bilbao Basket of Liga ACB in Spain – the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system. Hammink becomes the 47th former Crusader in the last 24 years to go on to play professionally.


Alec Peters Selected In 2017 NBA Draft by Phoenix Suns


Valparaiso University forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday evening by the Phoenix Suns with the 54th overall pick.


Valpo to Host Utah State in MVC-Mountain West Challenge


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will have the opportunity to participate in a conference challenge series for the first time during the 2017-18 season, as the Crusaders will host Utah State on Tuesday, Nov. 28 as part of the Challenge Series between the Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference.


Valparaiso University to Join Missouri Valley Conference


Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.


Gore, Bradford, Smits to Embark on Athletes in Action Tour


Continuing a long-standing partnership, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will send associate head coach Luke Gore and current Crusaders Micah Bradford and Derrik Smits on an Athletes in Action tour to the Czech Republic and Poland – a trip which begins May 23. Gore will serve as head coach for the 10-player team.


Valpo Men's Basketball Seeking Team Managers


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program is currently searching for students who are interested in joining the program as student managers for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Linssen Joins Valpo Basketball Family


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the Crusaders are adding to their tradition of welcoming international players to the program, as Marten Linssen, a 6’8” forward from Dusseldorf, Germany, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2017-18 season.


Valpo Men’s Basketball To Host Three Summer Camps


Registration is open now for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s three basketball camps this summer. Two camps will run concurrently June 19-22, with a third camp being hosted at the ARC July 24-28. The camps are open to youths from ages 5-14.


Fazekas to Join Crusader Basketball Program


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program continues to welcome local talent into the fold, as head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Ryan Fazekas, a native of Chesterton and 2015 graduate of Marquette Catholic H.S., has signed to join the Crusaders as a transfer from Providence. Fazekas will have to sit out next season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting with the 2018-19 campaign.


Golder Signs NLI To Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Markus Golder, a 6’6” swingman out of North Idaho College, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season. Golder will be a sophomore for the Crusaders next season and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.


Peters Named Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday, his second straight season earning the accolade from the AP. Peters also appeared as one of the others receiving votes on the NCAA’s consensus All-America selections.


Peters Named an NABC Third Team All-American


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) reached a pinnacle on Friday that only one other Crusader in the last 50 years has achieved, as Peters was named a Third Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) – one of just 15 players in the nation to be honored on the NABC’s three All-America teams.


Peters Earns All-District Accolade; Named League Scholar-Athlete of Season


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) picked up a pair of honors on Wednesday to add to his extensive list of awards from his final season, as he was named an NABC First Team All-District 12 honoree and also selected as the Horizon League’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Winter Season.


Valpo Falls to Illinois In NIT Opener


A shorthanded Valparaiso University men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night in the first round of the 2017 NIT, as the seventh-seeded Crusaders fell at second-seeded Illinois, 82-57. The loss ends Valpo’s year with a 24-9 record, tying for the fifth-most wins in a single season in program history.


Crusaders Set For First Round of NIT


TUESDAY UPDATE: Tonight's game has been moved to ESPN and will now tip off at 6 p.m. The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will make its second consecutive appearance in the National Invitation Tournament and its seventh straight postseason appearance beginning Tuesday night, as the seventh-seeded Crusaders make the trip to Champaign, Ill. to face second-seeded Illinois. Valpo is looking to make a run in the NIT in back-to-back years following an appearance in the tournament’s championship game at Madison Square Garden in 2016.


Valpo Earns NIT At-Large Berth, Opens at Illinois Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team learned Sunday evening that it had received an at-large berth in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will open tournament play as a seventh seed versus second-seeded Illinois Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. in Champaign, live on ESPN2. Valpo is appearing in the NIT for a second straight season, following the Crusaders’ run to the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden last year.


Peters Earns USBWA All-District Honor


For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named one of ten All-District V honorees by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).


Crusaders Fall to Panthers at Horizon League Championship


A cold-shooting night doomed the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team in quarterfinal action at the Horizon League Championship Saturday evening in Detroit, Mich., as the Crusaders’ last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark and they fell victim to an upset-minded Milwaukee squad, 43-41.


Crusaders Prepare For Tournament Quarterfinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens up Motor City Madness in Detroit Saturday evening in the tournament’s second quarterfinal, as the second-seeded Crusaders will face tenth-seeded Milwaukee. Valpo will need to win three games in a four-day span to earn its third Horizon League tournament title.


Peters Named First Team Academic All-American


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was honored for his work both in the classroom and on the court on Thursday, as he was recognized as a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Peters is one of only five players in the nation to earn the honor, and the first men’s basketball player in program history to be named a First Team Academic All-American. In addition, Peters also earned a spot on the Horizon League Academic All-League squad on Thursday.


Peters to Miss Remainder of the Season


The Valparaiso University men's basketball program confirmed today that 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury. Peters shares his thoughts in the statement.


Valpo Basketball Preview


On this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, head coach Matt Lottich and Todd Ickow discuss the final weekend of the regular season, newly-minted conference awards for Alec Peters, Shane Hammink and Tevonn Walker, and preview the Crusaders' upcoming trip to the Horizon League tournament.


Peters Named Horizon League Player of the Year; Hammink, Walker Earn Postseason Accolades


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) brought home the top award as the Horizon League announced its postseason honors on Wednesday, as Peters was named the league’s Player of the Year in voting by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media members. Senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) was named to the All-League Second Team, while junior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team.


Valpo Drops Shootout at NKU in Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came up just shy of claiming an outright Horizon League regular season title in the finale on Sunday, dropping a tight 82-78 decision at Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders finished the regular season tied atop the Horizon League standings with Oakland and will be the second seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, opening tournament play Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT versus either Detroit Mercy or Milwaukee.


Regular Season Finale Awaits Crusaders Sunday


Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team can clinch the outright title and the top seed at Motor City Madness as it takes on Northern Kentucky Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders would become the first team in league history with five outright titles in a six-year span with a win.


Crusaders Rise to the Occasion For Road Win at WSU; Clinch Share of League Title


Trailing by 10 early in the second half and playing without its top player, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team refused to throw in the towel Friday night at Wright State as the Crusaders battled back to take the lead for good with eight minutes to play and pulled away late for an 84-74 victory. The win over the Raiders secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title for Valpo and gives the team the opportunity to claim the outright title on Sunday.


Crusader Men Hit the Road For Final Regular Season Trip


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team begins its final road trip of the regular season on Friday evening as they travel to the state of Ohio to take on Wright State. The Crusaders can secure at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship with a win Friday night. Check out this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview for a look back at the last three games and a look ahead to the challenging weekend ahead.


NBA Champion Rick Mahorn Added as Final Panelist for Champions Brunch


The Horizon League and Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Rick Mahorn is the final panelist for the Champions Brunch at Joe Louis Arena on March 7. The NBA champion and former Detroit Pistons forward rounds out a group that includes three-time WNBA champion Cheryl Ford and Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie as panelists and ESPN women’s college basketball analyst Kelley Deyo as moderator.


Men’s Basketball Battles, Earns Win Over Milwaukee on Senior Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came out on the right side of a hard-fought battle at the ARC Tuesday evening, earning a 67-61 victory over Milwaukee on Senior Night. The Crusaders’ five seniors were honored prior to the game and addressed the fans following the victory.


Valpo Men Host Senior Night Tuesday Evening at the ARC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the floor at the ARC for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Senior Night. The program’s seniors will be honored prior to the game and will address the fans following the game.


Crusaders Take Down Titans Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got back to basics Sunday afternoon at Detroit Mercy, taking advantage of a size advantage across the board to pound the Titans inside en route to an 83-63 victory. Valpo returns home on Tuesday evening to honor its five seniors as it hosts Milwaukee on Senior Night at the ARC.


Crusaders Look to Rebound At Detroit Mercy


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders conclude the Michigan road swing at Detroit Mercy. Valpo has not lost back-to-back games in the last three years.


Men’s Basketball Falls at Oakland Friday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team erased a seven-point halftime deficit within the first two minutes of the second half Friday night in Rochester, Mich., but Oakland responded with a 19-4 run over the next four minutes as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 82-71.


Men's Basketball Starts Stretch Run Friday at Oakland


A national television audience awaits the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Friday evening, as the Crusaders start out the Horizon League’s Michigan road swing with a game at Oakland on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. The game, which is the first of five in 10 days to close the regular season, matches up the top two teams in the league standings and provides Valpo a chance with a win to move three games ahead of second place with just four games remaining.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as they look back at last week's pair of home victories and look ahead to a big road trip to Michigan this weekend.


Valpo Leads Start to Finish In Win Over YSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team never trailed Saturday night in earning its 10th win in the last 11 games, fighting off a game Youngstown State squad in the second half to earn an 82-72 victory at the ARC. The Crusaders maintained their two-game lead in the Horizon League standings with the victory.


Valpo Men Host YSU Saturday on Hall of Fame Night


Saturday night basketball at the ARC is on tap for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team this weekend, as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in their penultimate home game of the 2016-17 season on Hall of Fame Night. Three inductees form the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, including former Crusader men's basketball standout Lubos Barton.


Crusaders Take Down CSU Thursday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team picked up its 20th win of the season in dominating fashion on Thursday evening at the ARC, never trailing and leading by 20 at the half in an eventual 78-57 victory over Cleveland State.


Peters Earns Academic All-District Honors For Third Time


For the third straight season, Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been honored for his work both on the hardwood and in the classroom, as he earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team. With the Academic All-District honor, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.


Valpo Men Return Home to Host Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at win number 20 as it returns home to the ARC Thursday evening to host Cleveland State. The Crusaders are looking to bounce back after having an eight-game winning streak snapped last time out. Head coach Matt Lottich joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's results and look ahead to this weekend.


Crusaders Fall At Green Bay Saturday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak come to a halt Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis., as the Phoenix of Green Bay dealt the Crusaders an 86-69 defeat. With the loss, Valpo’s lead over Green Bay atop the Horizon League standings was cut to one-half game.


Valpo Takes Aim at Win Number 20 Saturday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to complete a sweep of the Wisconsin road swing Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders take on second-place Green Bay. A win on Saturday would not only give Valpo 20 wins on the season, but would also push the Crusaders to a three-game lead in the league standings and mark the program’s longest winning streak in 15 seasons.


Crusaders Handle Panthers For Eighth Straight Win


Fans of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team could be forgiven Thursday night for feeling like watching the Crusaders is like living through the movie Groundhog Day, as Valpo handled Milwaukee by leading start to finish in a 71-53 victory in Milwaukee. The win was the Crusaders’ eighth straight – the program’s longest winning streak in nearly a decade – and also was Valpo’s fifth consecutive road victory, as well as the team’s sixth straight win at Milwaukee.


Peters Named Finalist For Karl Malone Award


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named as one of the 10 finalists on the watch list for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday.


Crusader Men Hit Road, Head to Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its longest winning streak in nearly a decade on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders hit the road to face Milwaukee. After playing the last four and six of the last eight at home, Valpo will play on the road for six of its final nine regular season games. Head coach Matt Lottich joins Todd Ickow to look ahead on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Basketball Battles to Win Sunday Over NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team found itself in its toughest battle in the last three weeks on Sunday afternoon at the ARC against Northern Kentucky, but came up big when it counted, surrendering just three points to the Norse over the final four and a half minutes in a 65-58 victory. With the win, the Crusaders hit the halfway mark of Horizon League play at 8-1 in league action and with a two-game lead in the league standings.


Valpo Men Close Homestand Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team closes out its four-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as the Crusaders hit the halfway mark of Horizon League play when they welcome Northern Kentucky for a 1:30 p.m. tip. Valpo is in search of its seventh straight victory, while Alec Peters enters the contest just five free throws away from breaking the program’s all-time record.


Crusaders Take Down Raiders For Sixth Straight Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team maintained its spot atop the Horizon League standings Friday evening at the ARC, taking a double-figure lead over Wright State just over six minutes into the game and then holding off a late run by the Raiders to earn a 70-55 victory – the team’s sixth straight win.


First-Place Crusaders Welcome Wright State to ARC On Military Night


Back in its familiar spot atop the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University basketball team looks to secure its hold on first place as the league slate approaches the halfway mark. The Crusaders host Wright State Friday evening on Military Night at the ARC, with a special national anthem performance by Jim Cornelison and pregame ceremony honoring Alec Peters becoming the program’s career scoring and rebounding leader. The Valpo coaching staff will also be wearing sneakers with their suits as part of Suits and Sneakers Week in support of Coaches vs. Cancer. Check out head coach Matt Lottich's thoughts on last Sunday's win and on the upcoming games on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, featuring the debut of a brand-new set.


Peters Claims League Player of the Week Honor


Two program career records, a new career high and two fantastic performances in a pair of big Crusader victories all add up to the fourth Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor this season for Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington).


Peters Sets Career Scoring Mark; Valpo Takes Down UIC


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) became the Crusaders’ career scoring leader with a basket 4:31 into Sunday afternoon’s game at the ARC against UIC, surpassing Bryce Drew’s record, and went on to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo rolled the Flames by a 96-65 final.


Crusaders Set to Host UIC As Scoring Record Awaits Peters


Coming off of its biggest victory of the season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its longest winning streak of the year as it hosts UIC in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the ARC. Alec Peters enters the game just seven points shy of breaking Bryce Drew’s Valpo career scoring record.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. Lottich and Ickow look back at the Crusaders' three victories in a five-day span and look ahead to this Sunday's showdown at the ARC with UIC.


Peters Sets Rebounding Mark as Crusaders Crush Green Bay


An impressive all-around performance by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team received an exclamation point with 4:45 to play, as senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) corralled his career-best 16th rebound of the game to break Valpo’s career rebounding record as the Crusaders closed out an 80-56 victory over the Phoenix at the ARC Monday evening.


Third Game In Five Days Awaits Men's Basketball


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team welcomes the lone unbeaten team remaining in Horizon League play to the ARC on Monday evening, as the Crusaders look to exact a measure of revenge against a Green Bay team which eliminated them from last season’s Horizon League Championship. Alec Peters enters Monday's game just 26 points and 15 rebounds shy of Valpo's all-time career records in the respective categories.


Crusaders Close Out Perfect Road Trip With Win at CSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team locked down defensively on either side of halftime at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon as it overcame a double-figure deficit, and the Crusaders held off the Vikings down the stretch to earn a 78-67 victory for their third consecutive win. Senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led the way with 30 points – his ninth career effort of at least 30 points.


Valpo Men Look For Weekend Sweep in Cleveland


In the midst of a stretch of three games in five days, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to finish off a sweep of its weekend road trip at Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon. Valpo has won nine of its last 11 meetings with the Vikings.


Crusaders Pull Away, Earn Road Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got a lift from some unexpected sources Thursday night, as a lineup that had not played together all season long scored seven straight points to end the first half - keying a 14-0 run spanning halftime as the Crusaders went on to win at Youngstown State, 78-62. With his first basket of the game, senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) assumed sole possession of the top spot on Valpo’s career field goals made chart.


Peters Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has earned a spot among the Midseason Top 25 candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award, presented to the nation’s most outstanding basketball player.


Men's Basketball Hits Road, Heads to YSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes its first overnight road trip in over a month this weekend, as the Crusaders make the Horizon League swing through northeast Ohio. The trip starts off with a matchup at Youngstown State Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. CT. Head coach Matt Lottich sits down with Todd Ickow to look ahead to this weekend in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Crusaders Close Weekend By Claiming Win Over Titans


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon at the ARC, putting together one of its best offensive performances of the year in an 81-74 victory over Detroit Mercy. Senior Shane Hammink matched his career high with 23 points. Junior Tevonn Walker and senior Alec Peters both posted double-doubles, while Peters also matched Bryce Drew’s Valpo record for career field goals made with his final basket of the game.


Men's Basketball Hosts Detroit Mercy Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces a quick turnaround as it attempts to split this weekend’s pair of home Horizon League games, matching up with Detroit Mercy Sunday afternoon at noon. The game will be televised live nationally on the American Sports Network, including in the Chicagoland area on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Fall To Oakland Friday Night


A poor shooting night hampered the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s effort Friday night at the ARC in Horizon League play against Oakland, as the Crusaders fell to the Golden Grizzlies by a 78-66 final.


Crusaders To Host Oakland In ESPN2 Showdown


It’s a meeting between the top two teams in the Horizon League preseason poll Friday night at the ARC, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hosts Oakland for an 8 p.m. tip. The live ESPN2 broadcast is the second of three consecutive nationally-televised games for the Crusaders.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to discuss last week's Horizon League-opening win at UIC and look ahead to a pair of home games this weekend at the ARC.


Valpo Men Open League Play With Win at UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team closed out the 2016 calendar year on a high note in opening Horizon League play with a road win Friday afternoon, taking down UIC in front of a national TV audience by a 70-59 final. The Crusaders were led by the efforts of junior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College), who tallied 17 of his season-best 23 points in the second half.


Valpo Men Open League Play Friday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens Horizon League play in front of a national television audience Friday afternoon as the Crusaders make the short jaunt to Chicago to face off with UIC on ESPNU. Valpo has won the last 15 meetings in the series with the Flames.


Peters Reaches 2,000 Career Points in Crusaders’ Win Over Chicago State


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) needed just 33 seconds to reach the 2,000 point milestone for his career on Wednesday night at the ARC, scoring the game’s first basket, and the Crusaders never trailed in an 80-61 victory over Chicago State. With the win, Valpo closes out non-league play with a 10-3 record.


Crusader Men Close Out Non-League Slate With Chicago State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its 10th victory of the season as it closes out non-league play Wednesday evening at the ARC against Chicago State. Alec Peters enters the matchup just one point shy of reaching the 2,000 point milestone for his career.


Tickets On Sale Dec. 29 For 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Championship


All tickets for the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship at Joe Louis Arena will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can purchase tickets at MotorCityMadness.HorizonLeague.com/tickets, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, or the Joe Louis Arena Ticket Sales and Service Office at 313-471-7575.


Valpo Falls at Home to Santa Clara


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team suffered its first non-league home defeat in over two years Thursday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders fell to visiting Santa Clara in double overtime, 87-80.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last week's win over Indiana State and look ahead to Thursday's matchup with Santa Clara.


Valpo Set to Host Santa Clara Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to head into the Christmas holiday on a winning note Thursday night as the Crusaders host Santa Clara at the ARC. The matchup will feature two of the nation’s top-four active leading scorers in Alec Peters and the Broncos’ Jared Brownridge.


Peters Earns Third League Weekly Honor of Season


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks after his strong effort in the Crusaders’ big win Saturday over Indiana State.


Crusaders Claim In-State Showdown With Win Over Sycamores


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rode the hot hand of senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) in the first half Saturday night at the ARC versus Indiana State, and then ran away from the Sycamores with a 20-0 run to start the second half en route to an 89-71 victory.


Valpo Men Return to the ARC Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC on Saturday evening to begin its final stretch of non-league contests. The Crusaders will kick off the three-game homestand against in-state foe Indiana State as they look to remain unbeaten on their home court this season.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. They look back on last week's road trip to Kentucky and Missouri State, and take a look ahead to the first of three straight games at the ARC - Saturday night versus Indiana State.


Crusaders Emerge Victorious In Saturday Night Slugfest


In a tie game with the clock ticking down in Springfield, Mo. Saturday night, Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) came up with the big play, drawing a foul on a 3-point attempt with 5.6 seconds remaining and knocking down all three free throws for the final margin in the Crusaders’ 84-81 victory over Missouri State.


Valpo Looks to Rebound Saturday at Missouri State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will look to bounce back with a win in its final non-league road game of the season on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders play at Missouri State Saturday evening. Valpo has not dropped back-to-back games since the start of the 2014-15 season.


Crusaders Fall to Top-Ten Kentucky Squad


An early scoreless drought which lasted nearly eight minutes was too much for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team to overcome Wednesday night in Lexington, Ky., as the Crusaders fell to #6/7 Kentucky by an 87-63 final.


Crusader Men Head Down to Kentucky


Fresh off of its first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent in over 18 years, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces another stern test Wednesday evening, as the Crusaders make the trip to Lexington, Ky. for the first time to face #6/7 Kentucky. The matchup is Valpo’s third with a top-25 team in the season’s first nine games.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. The pair look back on last Tuesday's home win over Rhode Island and look forward to the challenge of traveling to play Kentucky this week.


Peters Repeats as Horizon League Player of the Week


For a second straight week, Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has earned weekly honors from the Horizon League office, as he was named the league’s co-Player of the Week following his performance in the Crusaders’ win last week over #21/25 Rhode Island.


Crusaders Win Thriller Over Nationally-Ranked Rhode Island Tuesday


In the midst of many victories at the ARC over the last 28 years, one thing has eluded the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team since beating Notre Dame in December of 1988: a home victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. But that changed Tuesday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders – behind 27 points and a game-sealing blocked shot by senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) – took down #21/25 Rhode Island in front of a raucous home crowd by a 65-62 final.


Valpo Welcomes Ranked Rhode Island Squad to ARC Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team welcomes its first nationally-ranked opponent to the ARC in nearly six years on Tuesday evening, as #21/25 Rhode Island comes to town to take on the Crusaders. The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Tuesday will receive free t-shirts. Head coach Matt Lottich sat down with Todd Ickow on this week's episode of Valpo Basketball Preview - looking back at a successful recent run of games and looking ahead to the challenge the team will face Tuesday night.


Peters Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging a double-double in three Crusader victories last week and earning MVP honors at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.


Crusaders Take Advantage of Takeaways; Take Down Ball State


Thievery was the order of the day for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Sunday, as the Crusaders approached a program record by tallying 17 steals in a 79-73 victory over Ball State at the ARC. Senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led four Crusader players in double figures with a game-high 23 points.


Valpo Men Return Home, Host Ball State


Fresh off of a championship win in Las Vegas, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC for a Sunday afternoon matinee against Ball State - the first of two home games in a three-day span for Valpo. The Crusaders are looking to avenge their loss last season at the hands of the Cardinals.


Crusaders Defeat BYU, Bring Home Championship Belt


In a city known for hosting top-of-the-line title fights, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team and BYU teamed up to deliver a 12-round thriller of their own Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and in the end, it was the Crusaders who landed the final blow to win the Heavyweight Division of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in front of a national television audience by a final of 92-89.


Valpo and BYU To Square Off For Heavyweight Belt


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bring home the championship belt of the Heavyweight Bracket at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event on Wednesday night at 11 p.m. CT, as the Crusaders face off with a familiar opponent in BYU live on ESPN2. Valpo downed the Cougars in a thriller in the semifinals of last season’s NIT.


Crusaders Take Down Alabama, Advance To Championship of Men Who Speak Up Main Event


A 3-point play by senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) with 56 seconds to play capped a 24-point night and proved to be the effective dagger Monday night as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team took down SEC foe Alabama, 68-60, in the semifinals of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the win, the Crusaders advance to the championship game of the Heavyweight division, where they will face BYU live on ESPN2 Wednesday night at 11 p.m. CT.


Valpo Opens Action From Vegas Monday Versus Alabama


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes part in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in Las Vegas this week as part of the field’s Heavyweight bracket. The Crusaders will take on SEC foe Alabama Monday night before facing either BYU or Saint Louis on Wednesday.


Crusaders Fall at #4/4 Oregon Thursday Evening


Shooting woes continued to plague the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., and this time it resulted in the Crusaders’ first loss of the season, as Valpo fell by a 76-54 final at #4/4 Oregon. Late in the game, senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) moved into a tie for second place in program history on the career scoring chart with 1,785 career points.


Valpo Travels to Take On Top-Five Oregon Team Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to take on a top-five Oregon squad Thursday night in Eugene. The matchup with the Ducks starts a stretch where the Crusaders will play five of their next seven games away from home. Thursday night's game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Network.


McMillan Signs NLI to Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team received its second National Letter of Intent in the early signing period on Tuesday, as Mileek McMillan, a 6’8” senior from Merrillville H.S., signed with the Crusaders. McMillan will join the Valpo program as a freshman in the 2017-18 season.


Crusaders Roll to Victory Over Coppin State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, behind career-high scoring performances from senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) and junior Max Joseph (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College), improved to 3-0 just four days into the 2016-17 season with a 78-58 victory over Coppin State at the ARC Monday night.


Crusaders Host Coppin State Monday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to make it three wins in four nights to open the 2016-17 campaign Monday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders welcome Coppin State to Valpo. With a win Monday evening, Valpo would be the first team in the nation to reach three victories.


Valpo Earns Second Straight Win Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made it two victories in as many nights to start off the 2016-17 season at the ARC Saturday evening, rallying from a double-digit first-half deficit to put away a feisty Trinity Christian squad, 89-75.


Crusaders Take Down Thunderbirds in Season Opener


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opened the 2016-17 season in victorious fashion Friday night at the ARC, taking down former conference rival Southern Utah by a 79-65 final. The Crusaders’ win was their 12th consecutive in home openers, 11 of which have come by double figures.


Men's Basketball Tips Season With Games Friday and Saturday


The lid lifts on the 2016-17 regular season for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team with a busy slate this weekend. The season opens Friday evening against Southern Utah before the Crusaders take on Trinity Christian just 24 hours later. Prior to Friday’s game, the program will be unveiling banners commemorating the 2015-16 Horizon League regular season title and the appearance in the 2016 NIT championship game.


Hazen Signs NLI With Valpo Men’s Basketball


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the program has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Parker Hazen, a 6’7” forward from Columbia City H.S. Hazen, who is ranked seventh in his class in the state of Indiana by ESPN, will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2017-18 season.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this season's first edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. The duo discussed Valpo's exhibition victory over Hillsdale and what fans can expect from a number of the team's new players before looking ahead to the start of the regular season this weekend.


Crusaders Down Hillsdale In Exhibition Action Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team kicked off the 2016-17 season at the ARC Saturday evening with its lone exhibition game of the year, defeating Hillsdale by a 78-63 final as senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds.


Men's Basketball Opens 2016-17 Campaign Saturday With Exhibition Game


“A new era.” It’s a phrase which gets thrown around a lot in the world of athletics. But for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, a new era truly begins this season, as first-year head coach Matt Lottich prepares to lead the Crusaders into the 2016-17 campaign – a season which begins Saturday night with an exhibition game at the ARC versus Hillsdale at 7:30 p.m.


Valpo Hosts Season Ticket Holder Open Practice Friday Night


With the 2016-17 season right around the corner, the Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball teams hosted their annual Season Ticket Holder Open Practice on Friday evening at the ARC.


Tickets For Kentucky Game On Sale Now


Fans wishing to catch the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team at Rupp Arena as the Crusaders take on Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 7 can purchase tickets now through the Valpo Ticket Office. A limited number of tickets are available in Section 240 and are priced at $42 apiece. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ticket office in the ARC from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or calling the ticket office at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.


Peters Earns Spot on Karl Malone Award Watch List


For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named to the 20-player preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday. In its third year, the award recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.


Vashil Fernandez Signs NBA Contract With Miami Heat


The Miami Heat announced on Monday that they have signed former Valparaiso University standout center Vashil Fernandez. Fernandez becomes the first Crusader to ink an NBA contract since Ron Howard, and is looking to become the first former Valpo player to appear in a regular season NBA game since Bryce Drew.


Crusaders Tabbed Preseason Favorite; Peters Preseason Player of the Year


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been chosen to win the Horizon League this year in preseason polling of the league’s coaches, SIDs and selected media members, while senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year. In addition, senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) joined Peters as a preseason All-League selection, earning a spot on the preseason Second Team.


Men’s Basketball League Broadcast Schedule Announced


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will have nine of its 18 Horizon League games broadcast by the league’s television partners this year, as announced by the league office over the last two days. Seven of the Crusaders’ league games will be on the ESPN family of networks, highlighted by a pair of appearances on ESPN2, while a pair of games will be broadcast on the American Sports Network.


Valpo Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule


Coming off a program-record 30-win season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season, featuring a total of 18 home games at the Athletics-Recreation Center and road games at national powers Kentucky and Oregon.


Valpo Men’s Basketball Season Tickets Now On Sale


Coming off of a record-setting 30-win season last year and a run to the championship game of the NIT, Valparaiso University men’s basketball season tickets are now on sale for the 2016-17 season.


Joe Burton Joins Crusader Basketball Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Joe Burton has joined the Crusader program, transferring in from Oklahoma State. Burton, a 6’6”, 210 lb. swingman, must sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.


Valparaiso to Play in “MGM Grand Main Event”


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play in the “MGM Grand Main Event” in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during the upcoming season, facing off against the University of Alabama on Nov. 21 before taking on either Brigham Young University or Saint Louis University on Nov. 23. A hotel room block is available now through the Valparaiso University Alumni Association at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, with tickets available at a later date through the Valparaiso University Ticket Office.


Crusaders Place Pair on NABC Honors Court


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was represented by a pair of players on the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, as both Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) were honored for their work in the classroom.


Peters Participating in Nike Basketball Academy


Valparaiso University rising senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) is among an elite group of collegiate players participating in this week’s prestigious Nike Basketball Academy, being held in Los Angeles July 25-27.


Broekhoff Named to Australia Olympic Basketball Squad


Former Valparaiso University men’s basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff has been named to the 12-man Australian basketball team for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Broekhoff, who has been a mainstay on the Boomers squad over the last few years, will represent his native country in the Olympics for the first time.


Horizon League Announces 2017 Little Caesars Motor City Madness Updates


The Horizon League Executive Council has approved a revised bracket for the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. In the new format, the women’s basketball championship will run concurrently with the men’s as “Motor City Madness” runs March 3-7, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.


Crusaders Add Pair of Transfers to Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the Crusaders have added a pair of transfers to their roster, as Detroit native Bakari Evelyn and Atlantic City native John Middleton join the Crusaders from Nebraska and Utah State, respectively. Both guards will have to sit out the 2016-17 campaign and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting with the 2017-18 season.


Peters Withdraws From NBA Draft


Valparaiso University forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) announced today that he submitted the paperwork prior to Wednesday night’s deadline to withdraw from the 2016 NBA Draft, choosing to use his fourth season of collegiate eligibility rather than remain in the draft as an early entrant.


Fernandez Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Season


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) has been named the Horizon League’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the winter Season for his performance both on the court and in the classroom.


Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Honors


Eight Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Winter Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had three honorees from the indoor campaign, while men’s basketball and men’s swimming had two student-athletes recognized and women’s track and field had one honoree.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this edition of Valpo Basketball Preview as they look back over a whirlwind last month of happenings within the Crusader program.


Matt Lottich Announces Coaching Staff


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season – his first at the helm of the Crusaders. Luke Gore remains on the staff as an assistant coach and will be joined by incoming assistant coaches David Ragland and Jackie Manuel, while Chad Warner will join the staff as the director of basketball operations.


Sorolla Inks NLI With Valpo Men’s Basketball


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Jaume Sorolla has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader basketball program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Valpo All-Access: Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt Lottich


Fresh off his introductory press conference where he was named the 22nd men's basketball head coach in Valparaiso University history, Matt Lottich joins Valpo All-Access for his first sit-down interview.


Matt Lottich Hired as Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Head Coach


Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Matt Lottich has been hired as the 22nd head coach in the history of the Valpo men’s basketball program. Lottich, who has been a member of the Crusader coaching staff for the last three years, is just the program’s fifth head coach in the last 36 years.


Valpo’s Peters Declares For NBA Draft


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) announced Thursday that he will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. Peters will not hire an agent at this time, allowing him to withdraw from the draft process at any point prior to the May 25 NCAA deadline and return to school for his fourth season of collegiate eligibility.


Valpo Men’s Basketball Coach Bryce Drew Accepts Position at Vanderbilt University


The long history of the men’s basketball program at Valparaiso University will begin a new chapter in 2016–2017, as head coach Bryce Drew ’98 departs to become the head coach at Vanderbilt University.


Fernandez Named National Defensive Player of the Year By College Insider; Leads Nation in Blocked Shots


Valparaiso University senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) earned national plaudits today, as he was named the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. In addition, with the release of the NCAA’s final national statistical rankings on Tuesday following Monday’s national title game, Fernandez officially concluded the 2015-16 season as the nation’s leading shot blocker.


Valpo Falls in NIT Title Game


The Valparaiso University men's basketball team came up one step short of its first postseason championship in program history Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as the Crusaders were unable to make a run at George Washington in the second half and fell by a 76-60 final in the NIT championship game. The loss ends Valpo's season with a 30-7 record, as the Crusaders set a new program record for victories in a historic 2015-16 campaign.


Crusaders Look to Raise NIT Trophy Thursday Night


A season which started way back in August with a foreign tour to Canada comes down to the final 40 minutes Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team is just one win away from capturing the NIT championship. All that stands between the Crusaders and the trophy? A George Washington team which Valpo will be facing for the first time in program history. The game will tip at 6 p.m. CT, live on ESPN.


Pregame Event Set, Tickets Available For NIT Championship Game


The Valparaiso University Alumni Association will be holding a pre-game event prior to Thursday night's NIT championship game in New York City at Stout NYC (133 W 33rd St.). In addition, tickets in Valpo sections are available now online and via the Madison Square Garden box office.


Crusaders One Win Away From NIT Title After Defeating BYU


A 16-point second-half lead became a deficit late in the second half, but the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team never panicked, regrouping in a battle down the stretch with BYU Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden and getting the game’s biggest shot courtesy of sophomore David Skara (Zadar, Croatia/Ekonomska Skola Zadar) – a 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds to play that gave the Crusaders the lead for good in a 72-70 victory in the semifinals of the NIT. With the win, Valpo advances to face George Washington in the NIT championship game Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.


Peters Named AP Honorable Mention All-American


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday. Peters is just the fifth Crusader in the last 48 years to earn All-American accolades.


Crusaders Set to Face BYU at MSG


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team finds itself one win away from the NIT title game as the Crusaders take to the court at Madison Square Garden Tuesday evening in the semifinals against BYU. One win shy of 30 victories on the season, Valpo is looking to advance to the NIT championship game for the first time in program history.


Peters, Drew Earn Repeat NABC District 12 Recognition


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2016 Division I District 12 Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC on Friday. It marks the second consecutive year Drew has been named NABC District Coach of the Year. In addition, junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named a First Team All-District 12 honoree for the second straight season – Valpo’s seventh All-District honoree in the last five years.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to talk about the Crusaders' run in the NIT so far, the tremendous support over the last few games at the ARC and to look ahead to Valpo's trip to Madison Square Garden for the team's semifinal matchup against BYU on Tuesday.


Tickets Available For Crusaders' Trip to MSG


Tickets are available now for the Crusaders’ NIT semifinal game at Madison Square Garden against BYU, set for a 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT tip. The Valparaiso University Alumni Association will also be offering a fan bus from Valparaiso and a pregame event in New York City.


Welcome to New York! Crusaders Take Down Saint Mary’s, Advance to NIT Semifinals


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team punched its ticket to Madison Square Garden and the semifinals of the postseason NIT on Tuesday evening in front of a record-setting sellout crowd at the ARC, locking down defensively in the second half and limiting Saint Mary’s to just 13 second-half points in a 60-44 victory over the Gaels in quarterfinal play.


Valpo Set For Tuesday Night NIT Quarterfinal


One win away from a trip to Madison Square Garden, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hosts Saint Mary’s Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the ARC in the first of four quarterfinals in the 2016 NIT. With a victory, the Crusaders would set program records for most overall victories and most home wins in a single season, as well as win three postseason games for the first time in program history.


Crusaders to Host Saint Mary’s In NIT Quarterfinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will host Saint Mary’s in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NIT on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. CT at the ARC. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, with Mike Couzens and Dan Dakich on the call. Tickets are going fast, but are still available by visiting the Valpo ticket office, calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX or visiting ValpoAthletics.com/tickets.


Crusaders’ March to MSG Continues With NIT Win Over Florida State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 postseason NIT on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders took down ACC foe Florida State in front of a packed house at the ARC by an 81-69 final. With the win, the top-seeded Crusaders will host a quarterfinal game at the ARC on Tuesday night, March 22, at a time to be determined, with a trip to Madison Square Garden on the line.


Men's Basketball to Host Florida State Thursday Night


Fresh off its first win in the NIT in program history, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday evening at the ARC as the top-seeded Crusaders host fourth-seeded Florida State at 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPNews.


Crusaders Earn First NIT Win, Taking Down Texas Southern


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned its first postseason win since 2008 and the program’s first victory ever in the Postseason NIT on Tuesday evening, leading start to finish at the ARC in an 84-73 victory over Texas Southern. With the win, the Crusaders advance to host Florida State on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the ARC. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. online, via phone at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX and at the Valpo box office, while tickets for Crusader season ticket holders will be held until 5 p.m.


Valpo Set to Welcome Texas Southern For NIT Opener


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned a berth into the postseason for the sixth straight year and will appear in the Postseason NIT for the third time in program history, as the Crusaders received a one seed and will host eighth-seeded Texas Southern in first-round action Tuesday evening at the ARC at 8:15 p.m.


Crusaders Earn One Seed in NIT, To Host Texas Southern Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came up short of the ultimate goal on Sunday, as the Crusaders were not selected as an at-large entrant into the 2016 NCAA Tournament. But as one of the committee’s ‘First Four Out’ of the NCAA Tournament, the Crusaders automatically earned a one-seed into the 2016 Postseason NIT. Valpo will host eighth-seeded Texas Southern in first-round action at the ARC on Tuesday evening, Mar. 15, at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN3. Tickets are available online now, while the Valpo ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.


Peters Repeats on All-Tournament Team


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team for a second straight season following his strong performance in the Crusaders’ semifinal game against Green Bay.


Peters Earns USBWA All-District Honor


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named Tuesday as one of ten All-District V honorees by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), one of just 91 All-District honorees nationwide.


Crusaders Fall in Heartbreaker to Green Bay in HL Semifinal


It seemed like destiny would again be on the side of Valparaiso Monday evening in its Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship semifinal game versus Green Bay in Detroit, Mich., as Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) hit Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) with a 80-foot baseball pass for a game-tying layup with 0.5 seconds to play in regulation. But the Phoenix would prevail in overtime, out-scoring Valpo 20-13 in the extra session as the Crusaders fell 99-92. The loss puts the Crusaders at 26-6 overall, waiting for Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show.


Crusaders to Face Green Bay in HL Semifinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team heads into the 2016 Horizon League Championship as the top seed for the fourth time in the last five years, and will face fourth-seeded Green Bay in semifinal action Monday evening on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders are looking for their third tournament championship in the last four years.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow this week to look back at last weekend's pair of thrilling victories, talk about the postseason league awards announced earlier this week and look ahead to the upcoming Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship.


Fernandez, Peters, Drew Earn Horizon League Postseason Accolades


It was like déjà vu for a trio of members of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards. Senior center Vashil Fernandez repeated as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and on the All-Defensive Team, while junior forward Alec Peters earned a spot on the All-League First Team for a second straight year. Meanwhile, head coach Bryce Drew was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year – the third time Drew has earned the honor in his five seasons.


More Honors Roll In For Valpo’s Alec Peters


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) raked in a number of awards Monday thanks to his stellar play in the final weekend of regular season action, as he was named co-Horizon League Player of the Week by the league office, league Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and American Sports Network National Player of the Week.


Hammink’s Heroics Send Crusaders Home Happy


A drama-filled weekend reached its crescendo at 3:52 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., as junior Shane Hammink rose up and delivered a dagger of a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.2 seconds to play as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team ended the regular season with a 70-68 win over Green Bay. With the win, the Crusaders close the regular season at 26-5 overall and 16-2 in Horizon League play – the first team to win the league regular season title by three or more games since the 2009-10 Butler squad.


Valpo Men Close Out Regular Season Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its fifth straight victory as the regular season comes to a close Sunday afternoon at Green Bay. The Crusaders are looking to become the first team to claim the Horizon League regular season title by three or more games since the 2009-10 Butler squad.


Crusaders Emerge Victorious In Overtime Battle at Milwaukee


In a game which seemingly had more twists and turns than a five-act Broadway play, it was the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team which made the biggest play of the game, as senior Keith Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East [Saint Louis]) stepped into a cold-blooded 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play in overtime, giving the Crusaders the lead for good in an eventual 80-76 victory over Milwaukee Friday evening in front of a national television audience.


Men's Basketball Hits Road For Final Regular Season Weekend


Having already clinched the 2016 Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to close out the slate on a high note this weekend in Wisconsin, starting with a Friday night game at Milwaukee. The Crusaders and Panthers will play live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. - Valpo’s third game on ESPN2 of the season.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's victories, talk about the recent play of Alec Peters and Keith Carter, and look ahead to this weekend's final two regular season contests.


Peters Receives National Player of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) picked up a prestigious honor late Monday afternoon, as he was awarded men’s college basketball National Player of the Week honors by CBSSports.com following his trio of stellar performances. Peters becomes the first Crusader in program history to earn the weekly award from CBS Sports.


Peters Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Honor


For the second time this season, Valparaiso University junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, following a week in which he posted a trio of double-doubles as the Crusaders won the league regular season title. Peters was also selected by College Sports Madness as the Horizon League Player of the Week as well.


Crusaders Claim Outright Regular Season Crown Sunday


Four years to the day after clinching its first Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made it four regular season championships in five seasons at the ARC Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders led start to finish in a 90-74 victory over Detroit on Senior Day.


Crusader Men Host Detroit on Senior Day Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes to the court at the ARC for the final time in the 2015-16 regular season on Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders host Detroit in matinee action on Senior Day. Valpo would secure the outright Horizon League regular season crown with a win over the Titans. Prior to the game, Crusader seniors Keith Carter, Vashil Fernandez, E. Victor Nickerson and Darien Walker will be honored.


Crusaders Take Down Grizzlies in Friday Night Battle


In another classic matchup in the series, it was the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team which held off Oakland runs throughout Friday night’s matchup at the ARC, as the Crusaders led nearly start to finish and staved off one final rally from the Golden Grizzlies at the end to earn an 86-84 victory. With the win, Valpo secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship – its fourth such title in the last five seasons.


Valpo Set For National TV Clash Versus Oakland


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns to the ARC for a battle between the top two teams in the Horizon League standings, as the Crusaders host Oakland in front of a national television audience on Friday night. A win on Friday would secure the Crusaders at least a share of the league regular season title.


Crusaders Use Dominant Defense to Defeat CSU Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put together yet another in a string of stellar defensive efforts this evening on Tuesday evening at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio as the Crusaders eased past Cleveland State, 66-43.


Crusaders Look For Bounce-Back Performance Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from just its second loss of the Horizon League slate on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders take on Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena. Valpo has not lost consecutive games in the last two seasons.


Crusaders Suffer Rare Home Defeat, Fall to Wright State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rallied back from a nine-point halftime deficit and led by six points with inside of two minutes to play, but Wright State scored the final eight points of the game – capped by a tip-in from Biggie Minnis with one second remaining – to defeat the Crusaders 61-59 on Saturday evening at the ARC.


Valpo Men Host Wright State on Hall of Fame Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team enters Saturday night with a 2 1/2 game lead in the Horizon League standings and will take on one of the teams tied for second place, as the Crusaders play host to Wright State at the ARC. Valpo has won 25 straight home games, tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.


Crusaders Continue Roll With Home Win Over NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team played rude hosts to Northern Kentucky Thursday night in the Norse’s first-ever visit to the ARC, running out to an 18-point halftime lead and cruising to a 64-52 victory.


Peters Repeats as Academic All-District Selection


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) received repeat recognition Thursday for his work both on the hardwood and in the classroom, as he earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team for the second straight season. With the Academic All-District honor, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.


Valpo Returns to the ARC to Host Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC in search of its fifth consecutive victory on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host league newcomer Northern Kentucky for the first time. Four of the Crusaders’ next five games will be at home as Valpo looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings. Thursday night will be Motor City Madness Night at the ARC, with a number of promotions themed around the upcoming Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on last Saturday's win and the coming week in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Fernandez Sets New Valpo Blocks Record In Saturday Win


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) set the Crusaders’ career blocked shots record Saturday afternoon as Valpo won its 20th game of the season with a 73-55 victory at UIC. With the win, the Crusaders maintain their spot atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusader Men In Search of Win #20


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its 20th win of the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders make the short jaunt over the state line to Chicago to face off with UIC. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and Vashil Fernandez enters the game just one block shy of matching Valpo's career record. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on the game ahead on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Quick Start Propels Valpo to Win Saturday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continued to take care of business at the ARC on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back, downing Youngstown State 97-68 to remain atop the Horizon League with a 9-1 record in league action. The win was the Crusaders’ 24th straight at the ARC.


Valpo Men Host YSU on Space Jam Night


Among the winningest teams in the nation, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to add another victory to that side of the ledger on Saturday night as the Crusaders host Youngstown State. The game against the Penguins kicks off the second half of Horizon League action. Saturday evening will also be Space Jam Night at the ARC.


Crusaders Ride Familiar Formula to Win Over Cleveland State


The recipe was the same as it’s been all season long for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team: defense and rebounding, joined Thursday night by a splash of outside shooting as the Crusaders took care of business at the ARC, defeating Cleveland State by a 77-52 final.


Crusaders Return to the ARC, Host Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to take on Cleveland State Thursday evening, kicking off a stretch in which the Crusaders will play six of their next eight games at the ARC. Valpo enters this weekend on a 22-game homecourt winning streak, the eighth-longest such streak in the nation. Head coach Bryce Drew looks back at last weekend and looks ahead to this weekend's games with Todd Ickow in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview.


Crusader Men Wrap Up Another Dominating Road Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team bounced back from a loss last time out with a dominating performance on the defensive end, limiting Northern Kentucky to just 46 points in a 71-46 victory Sunday afternoon in Highland Heights, Ky.


Valpo Looking to Rebound Sunday at NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from its first Horizon League loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders make their first trip to league newcomer Northern Kentucky.


Crusaders Drop First Horizon League Contest


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rallied to re-claim the lead with less than four minutes to play in a Horizon League battle with Wright State Friday night in Dayton, Ohio, but the Raiders scored the next eight points as the Crusaders eventually fell by a 73-62 final, suffering their first defeat within league play.


Men's Basketball Heads Back on Road to Wright State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continues its current three-game road swing with another matchup against a team near the top of the league standings, as the Crusaders head to Wright State for a Friday night showdown. Valpo enters the game on a six-game winning streak and is receiving numerous votes in both top-25 polls.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball preview, discussing the stellar recent play of Vashil Fernandez and Darien Walker and looking ahead to this week's road trip to Wright State and Northern Kentucky.


Valpo Earns Sixth Straight Double-Figure Victory in League Play


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team used seven combined first-half 3-pointers from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior Darien Walker (Chicago, Ill./Simeon [John A. Logan/Arizona Western]) to jump out to a quick lead Monday in Youngstown, Ohio, and then used a tremendous advantage on the boards to control the rest of the game as the Crusaders defeated Youngstown State, 96-65.


Fernandez Claims League Player of the Week Accolade


For the second consecutive week, a Valparaiso University men’s basketball player has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, as this week, senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) claimed the award after leading the Crusaders to a pair of wins.


Crusader Men Face Quick Turnaround at Youngstown State


Sitting atop the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces its third game in five days on Monday evening, as the Crusaders make the trek to Youngstown, Ohio to take on Youngstown State. Valpo enters Monday night’s game on a five-game winning streak, matching its longest streak of the season.


Crusaders Continue Run, Take Down Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continued its roll through the opening portion of Horizon League play, as both junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) posted double-doubles in an 85-70 victory over Green Bay in front of a near-capacity crowd at the ARC Saturday. The win marked the 500th by a member of the Drew family as head coach of the Crusaders.


Valpo Men Look to Stay Hot Saturday Versus Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to continue its recent run of success as the Crusaders look for their fifth consecutive Horizon League win Saturday night, hosting Green Bay. With a win, the Drew family will have combined for 500 victories at the helm of the Valpo men’s basketball program.


Crusaders Stifle Panthers to Earn Record-Setting Win


A new record for home winning streak at the ARC was established by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Thursday night, as the Crusaders used their tried-and-true formula for winning games to defeat Milwaukee, 68-56, and win their 21st consecutive home game. The win also keeps Valpo alone atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusader Men Return Home, Host Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to maintain its hold on first place in the Horizon League standings Thursday night as the Crusaders welcome Milwaukee to the ARC at 7 p.m.. Receiving votes in both national top-25 polls, Valpo would establish a new program record for the longest home winning streak at the ARC with a win, as the Crusaders have currently won 20 straight home games. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on the coming games in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Player of the Week Accolades Roll In For Peters


A career performance on Sunday has led to recognition on multiple fronts for Alec Peters on Monday, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior has been named the Horizon League co-Player of the Week by the league office, has been named both the Horizon League and High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and has been named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week by College Insider.


Career Day From Peters Leads Crusaders to Win at Detroit


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) not only easily set a pair of new career highs, he also matched the program’s modern era single-game scoring record with 39 points in leading Valpo to a 92-74 victory at Detroit Sunday afternoon in Horizon League play. With the win, the Crusaders swept the road trip through Michigan and ended the weekend atop the Horizon League standings.


Men's Basketball Looks For Weekend Road Sweep Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to make a clean sweep of the Michigan road swing in Horizon League play on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders take on Detroit at noon CT. The matchup between Valpo and the Titans pit two of the league’s three remaining unbeatens against each other. The game can be seen nationwide on the American Sports Network, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Make Statement With Friday Road Win at Oakland


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team showcased its defensive strength on Friday evening in front of a national television audience on ESPN2 and complemented it with a career-best performance offensively from sophomore Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) as the Crusaders rolled to an 84-67 victory over Oakland at the O’Rena in Horizon League play.


Adekoya Chosen to Attend NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) has been selected as one of two Horizon League student-athletes who will attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix, Ariz. from Apr. 7-10.


Valpo Heads to Oakland For Nationally-Televised Showdown


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time in Horizon League play as the Crusaders head to Oakland Friday evening for a nationally-televised showdown with the Golden Grizzlies on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. Friday’s matchup pits the top two teams in the Horizon League preseason poll against each other. Head coach Bryce Drew looks back at Saturday's win and looks to the week ahead in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview with Todd Ickow.


Crusaders Match Home Win Streak Record With Victory Over Flames


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team matched its program record for consecutive home wins at the ARC on Saturday afternoon with its 20th straight home victory as the Crusaders opened Horizon League play with a 75-47 win over UIC.


Valpo Men Kick Off League Play Saturday Against UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens both the 2016 calendar year and this season’s Horizon League slate on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders welcome UIC to the ARC. Valpo is in search of its fourth Horizon League regular season title in the last five seasons, and can match a program record for consecutive home wins with a victory Saturday. The game will be broadcast live nationwide on the American Sports Network, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders’ Comeback Falls Just Short at Belmont


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looked to complete a comeback late at a venue where very few visiting teams walk out with victories Monday night in Nashville, Tenn., but the Crusaders were unable to get a potential game-tying shot to drop late as Valpo fell 85-81 to Belmont.


Crusaders Conclude Series With Belmont Monday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to close the 2015 calendar year on a winning note Monday as the Crusaders travel to Nashville for their final non-league matchup of the season, taking on Belmont. The game marks the end of an in-season home-and-home series with the Bruins which saw Valpo claim a home game over Belmont in early December.


Drew Family Earns 1,000th Collegiate Victory as Crusaders Down Missouri State


The 1,000th win in the combined coaching careers of the Drew family came with ease Saturday afternoon, and appropriately enough on Homer Drew Court at the ARC, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team defeated Missouri State, 74-45, to improve to 10-2 on the season.


Crusaders Return Home, Host Missouri State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to four straight games Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Missouri State at the ARC. With a win, the Drew family would reach 1,000 combined collegiate head coaching victories. World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be singing The Star-Spangled Banner before the game, while the first 500 fans through the doors will receive free sunglasses and all kids in attendance will receive "Crusader in Training" t-shirts.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow as they look back at last week's pair of road wins and look ahead to Saturday afternoon's contest against Missouri State.


Peters Ties Program Record; Crusaders Take Down Cougars


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) tied a program record for accuracy from behind the 3-point line, leading the Crusaders’ long-range barrage as they earned a road win at Chicago State Friday evening, 71-53.


Valpo to Face Chicago State Friday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to move to nine wins on the season as it plays at Chicago State Friday evening. With a victory, head coach Bryce Drew would move into second place by himself on the Crusaders’ career coaching victories chart, trailing only his father, Homer.


Crusaders Claim Road Win at Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team locked down defensively in the first half and then got key baskets when needed in the second half, as the Crusaders went on the road and downed Indiana State Wednesday night in Terre Haute, 69-63.


Horizon League “Motor City Madness” Tickets On Sale Thursday, December 10


All-session tickets for the 2016 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship at Joe Louis Arena will go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. CT. For the next six days, fans will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in Valparaiso's fan blocks to take in all nine games of “Motor City Madness,” including the Championship Game, in which an automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be on the line.


Men's Basketball Heads Back on Road To Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns to the road this week with a pair of games away from home, starting Wednesday evening at Indiana State. The former Indiana Collegiate Conference rivals have met just four times in the last 38 years.


Crusaders Emerge Victorious in Battle Versus Belmont


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came out on top in a hard-fought battle against fellow mid-major power Belmont Thursday evening at the ARC, 61-57.


Peters, Donchetz Nominated for Allstate Good Works Teams


Junior Alec Peters and sophomore Georgi Donchetz are among 257 nominees from Division I basketball teams for the 2016 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team. This prestigious award highlights student-athletes who have displayed a dedication to community service.


Crusaders Welcome Belmont to the ARC Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Thursday evening, as the Crusaders host Belmont at 7 p.m. at the ARC. Thursday’s matchup is the first matchup in a home-and-home series this season between Valpo and the Bruins, as the Crusaders will return the trip at the end of the month. The Valpo softball program will be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals at Thursday's game for their Reading Buddies program - anybody who brings a stuffed animal will receive a voucher for free popcorn at the concession stand.


Crusader Men Drop Road Decision at Ball State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, behind a combined 31 second-half points from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior E. Victor Nickerson (Atlanta, Ga./Norcross [Charlotte]), nearly erased the entirety of an 11-point second-half deficit at Ball State Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders would come up one shot short, as a last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark to give the Cardinals a 69-66 win.


Valpo Heads to Ball State Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to improve to 7-1 on the season as the Crusaders face their third consecutive road game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT, playing at in-state foe Ball State. With a win, Valpo would start 7-1 through eight games for the second straight season.


Crusaders Take Down Oregon State Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned yet another statement victory in its early-season schedule, capping a stretch of seven games over the season’s first 12 days by leading nearly start-to-finish in handling Oregon State on the road in Corvallis Tuesday night, 63-57. Head coach Bryce Drew earned his 100th career victory at the helm of the Crusader program with Tuesday’s win.


Crusaders Continue Road Trip at Oregon State Tuesday Evening


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team concludes its two-game road swing through the Oregon contingent of the Pac-12 with a Tuesday evening matchup at Oregon State. The game, which concludes a stretch of seven games in 12 days to open the 2015-16 campaign for the Crusaders, can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.


Men’s Basketball Succumbs to Oregon Sunday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led at halftime Sunday evening against #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. and still led with 10 minutes, but a six-minute scoring drought doomed the Crusaders as the Ducks pulled ahead by double figures and held off Valpo down the stretch, 73-67.


Valpo Looks to Continue Hot Start at #25 Oregon Sunday


The first team to five wins in the nation, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team comes off of two day’s rest for the first time this year on Sunday evening, as the Crusaders take aim at their biggest win of the season when they meet up with #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. Bryce Drew will be looking for his 100th win as Crusader head coach on Sunday as well.


Crusaders First in Nation to 5-0 With Win Over Trinity Christian


Facing a gauntlet of games in quantity over the opening week unlike any team in the nation, and even unlike any NBA team in the same week’s time span, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team closed with an easy win over Trinity Christian at the ARC Thursday night, downing the Trolls by an 89-42 final.


Crusaders Handle IU Kokomo Wednesday Night


With some regulars recovering from injuries and others being given the night off by Crusader head coach Bryce Drew, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team had a number of guys step up and fill roles Wednesday evening as the Crusaders defeated IU Kokomo at the ARC, 78-40.


Micah Bradford Inks NLI With Crusader Men’s Basketball


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program announced today that guard Micah Bradford, a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais [Ill.] H.S., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Crusaders Earn Tip-Off Marathon Victory At Rhode Island


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team claimed its third victory in an 86-hour span to open the 2015-16 campaign on Tuesday morning, as playing live on ESPN2 as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, the Crusaders led for the game’s final 15 minutes in a 58-55 win at Rhode Island.


Valpo Travels for Tip-Off Marathon Showdown With Rhode Island


Three games in a three-day span await the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team this week as the Crusaders’ busy early-season schedule continues. Valpo opens Tuesday morning as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon at Rhode Island, tipping off at 9 a.m. CT live on ESPN2, before returning home to the ARC to face IU Kokomo and Trinity Christian on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Bryce Drew looks back at the Iona game and ahead at the Rhode Island contest in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview.


Early Run Buoys Crusaders to Big Win Over Iona


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made an early-season statement in a meeting between two of the nation’s top mid-major teams on Sunday, as the Crusaders started their showdown with Iona at the ARC on an 18-2 run and never looked back, eventually winning 83-58.


Iona Postgame Press Conference


Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Tevonn Walker, Shane Hammink and E. Victor Nickerson for the postgame press conference.


Valpo Faces Quick Turnaround Hosting Iona


With one victory already under its belt, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continues a busy stretch of early-season games with a Sunday afternoon matinee against MAAC preseason favorite Iona.


Crusaders Take Down Mastodons In Season Opener


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team raised its 2014-15 championship banners to the rafters prior to Friday night’s season opener, and then the 2015-16 squad started its quest to replicate and surpass the success of last year, taking down IPFW at the ARC by a 78-64 final.


Men's Basketball Set For Start of Regular Season


A loaded Valparaiso men’s basketball squad opens the 2015-16 season on Friday night as it hosts IPFW at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, the Crusaders will unveil their 2014-15 Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament banners and raise them to the rafters.


Valpo Basketball Preview


In this season's first edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow. Drew looks ahead to this weekend's pair of home games against IPFW and Iona, while also taking some time to talk about the program's scheduling philosophy.


Crusaders Announce Addition of Luke Simons as Director of Operations


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Luke Simons has joined the Crusader program as its director of basketball operations.


Peters’ Big Night Leads to Exhibition Win for Valpo


Behind 34 points from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington), the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led start-to-finish in defeating Indianapolis – which is ranked #8 in the nation in Division II – by a 75-67 final in exhibition action Tuesday night at the ARC.


Men's Basketball 2015-2016 Season Game Day Parking


As we approach basketball season here at Valparaiso University, there will be several parking lots available for men's basketball game days this season.


Valpo Men Ready to Hit the Court For 2015-16 Season


The way last season ended, a heartbreaking loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament which went down to the last second, left a sour taste in the mouths of the players on the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team. The players were chomping at the bit to get right back on the court, and had their appetite whetted with a summer foreign tour to Canada. But tomorrow, the Crusaders finally get to unleash that aggression as the 2015-16 season opens with an exhibition game against Indianapolis.


Crusaders Picked to Win Horizon League; Four Named Preseason All-League


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been tabbed overwhelming favorites to repeat as Horizon League champions, as the league unveiled its preseason poll at Media Day Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. In addition, a league-high four Crusaders earned Preseason All-League accolades – Alec Peters was named a First Team selection, while Vashil Fernandez, Tevonn Walker and Darien Walker all were Second Team choices.


Peters Named to Karl Malone Award Watch List


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named to the 20-player preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. In its second year, the award recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.


Trio of Crusader Games to Be Broadcast on ASN


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will have three Horizon League games in the upcoming season broadcast nationally on American Sports Network, as the league announced its package with ASN on Wednesday. The games will be available locally on CSN Chicago, and join the previously announced group of six ESPN broadcasts.


Men’s Basketball Promotional Schedule, Ticket Packs Announced


The raising of the Horizon League Championship and NCAA Tournament banners from last season, a number of giveaways, a Space Jam-themed night and a season-long celebration of 100 years of intercollegiate athletics at Valparaiso University highlight the Crusaders’ men’s basketball promotional schedule for the 2015-16 campaign. In addition, the ticket office will be offering a three-game pack and a five-game pack for sale, beginning on October 14.


Crusaders Announce 2015-16 Schedule


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will raise its championship banners from the 2014-15 campaign as it opens the 2015-16 schedule – a slate which features 11 games against postseason teams from a season ago – on Friday night, Nov. 13 at the ARC.


Men’s Basketball Horizon League Slate Announced


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program’s road to defending the Horizon League title begins at the ARC on Saturday, January 2 and features at least five ESPN broadcasts, as well as a game at Quicken Loans Arena - the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Valpo Basketball Preview: Canada Wrap-Up


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins us for a special edition of the Valpo Basketball Preview, looking back on the team's recent trip to Canada.


Valpo Basketball Season Tickets Now On Sale


Coming off of a record-setting 28-win season last year and the program’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three seasons, Valparaiso men’s basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2015-16 campaign.


Crusaders To Play at Rhode Island as Part of ESPN Tip Off Marathon


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will play at Rhode Island on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. CT, live on ESPN2 as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip Off Marathon, as ESPN announced the lineup for its annual event on Tuesday.


Crusaders Take Down Ottawa To Close Out Foreign Tour


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team made sure it would leave Canada on a winning note Friday evening, dominating host University of Ottawa inside the 3-point line to overcome 14 made 3-pointers by the Gee-Gees in an 84-76 win at Montpetit Hall.


Crusaders Fall at Carleton Thursday Night


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting Carleton team early on Thursday evening in the Crusaders’ first of two games in Ottawa, as the Ravens led nearly start-to-finish in downing Valpo, 77-59. The loss, Valpo’s first in four games in Canada, came against the five-time defending CIS national champions.


Crusaders Take Down McGill, Improve to 3-0


Facing a team in McGill University which ranked second in Canada last season in scoring defense, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team was hardly fazed, leading nearly start to finish in an 80-60 victory over the Redmen Tuesday night in Montreal. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-0 with two games remaining in their Canada trip.


Crusaders Win Pair of Games on First Day of Action From Canada


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team ended Sunday with a pair of victories in Montreal to open play on its Canada trip, rallying for a 67-66 win over the Montreal All-Stars at Vanier College in the early afternoon before pulling away for an 85-60 win over Brookwood Elite at College Jean-de-Brebeuf in the evening.


Valpo Men's Basketball - Canada Trip


Want to follow along as the Valparaiso men's basketball program travels to Canada over the next week? Simply visit ValpoAthletics.com/Canada for a blog, updated at least once daily with recaps of the day's activities and video interviews with the Crusaders. Last updated: Sunday night, Aug. 9


Vashil Fernandez Granted Fourth Season of Athletic Eligibility, Will Return to Valpo


Valparaiso University announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA has granted men’s basketball center Vashil Fernandez a fourth season of athletic eligibility. Fernandez, the reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, will return to Valpo for his final season as a Crusader in 2015-16.


O Canada! Crusaders to Embark on Foreign Tour in August


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will head north for a preseason foreign tour next month, traveling to Montreal and Ottawa in the second week of August to play five games. The preseason trip, along with the allotted practice leading up to the trip, allows the Crusaders to get a jump start on preparations for the 2015-16 season.


Broekhoff to Suit Up for Nuggets NBA Summer League Team


Former Valparaiso men’s basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff will suit up for the Denver Nuggets in the Las Vegas segment of the NBA Summer League over the next two weeks, beginning Friday night. Broekhoff is getting his shot with the Nuggets after an All-Star campaign in Turkey this past season with Besiktas.


Crusader Men’s Basketball to Hold Summer Camps


Spots are still available in the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s three basketball camps this summer, for youths of all ages and skill levels. The Valpo Mini Camp and Valpo Basketball School will run June 22-25, while the Valpo Basketball Academy will take place July 27-31.


Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men’s Basketball Championship


The Horizon League Executive Council approved an agreement in principle with Olympia Entertainment to host the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament in the city of Detroit. Under terms of the five-year agreement, Olympia Entertainment will host the men’s basketball tournament beginning in 2016 - the first two years at Joe Louis Arena and the final three years at the new Detroit Events Center.


Powell, Adekoya, Joseph to Head on AIA Tour of Poland


Roger Powell, Jr. will serve as head coach of an Athletes in Action squad which will tour Poland this June. Among the 10 players on the team will be fellow Crusaders Jubril Adekoya and Max Joseph.


Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Accolades


Valparaiso University placed eight student-athletes over four sports on the Horizon League’s 2015 Winter Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office. Men's indoor track and field had three student-athletes honored, while men's basketball and women's indoor track and field had two apiece and men's swimming had one as well.


Tevonn Walker Joins Valpo All-Access


Valparaiso men's basketball freshman guard Tevonn Walker joins Valpo All-Access for a season wrap-up, looking back at his first season as a Crusader.


Darien Walker Named Riley Wallace Award Finalist


Valparaiso junior guard Darien Walker has been named a finalist for the Riley Wallace Award, presented annually to the nation’s top first-year transfer player, by CollegeInsider.com.


Drew Named Region Coach of the Year; Peters An All-Region Selection


Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2015 Division I District 12 Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC on Friday. In addition, sophomore Alec Peters garnered a First Team All-District 12 selection – Valpo’s sixth All-District honoree in the last four years.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow for one final time this season, looking back at the final game of the year and the 2014-15 season as a whole.


Drew Named Finalist for Hugh Durham Award


Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named a finalist for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.


Peters Eclipses 1,000-Point Mark in 65-62 Loss to Maryland


Sophomore Alec Peters led all scorers with 18 points, but the Crusaders' last-second chance to send the game to overtime was thwarted in a 65-62 loss to Maryland at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night in the Second Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Peters canned a three-pointer at the 7:35 mark of the second half to become the first sophomore in program history to crack the 1,000-point plateau.


Crusaders Spend Thursday in Final Prep For Maryland


The Valparaiso men's basketball team underwent its final preparations Thursday for its NCAA Tournament game on Friday afternoon against Maryland in Columbus, Ohio. Check out the NCAA Tournament Central at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA for a report from today's activities, including video thoughts from E. Victor Nickerson and Jubril Adekoya and a photo gallery from today's open practice.


Valparaiso Game Notes - 2015 NCAA Tournament vs. Maryland


Making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the 13th-seeded Valparaiso men’s basketball team travels to Columbus, Ohio to open tournament play with a Second Round game against fourth-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on TNT in its entirety.


Crusaders to Depart for NCAA Tournament at 10am Wednesday Morning


Join the send-off from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday morning, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team departs for Columbus and the 2015 NCAA Tournament at 10 a.m! All are invited to help wish the Crusaders luck as they prepare to take on Maryland Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. CT, live on TNT.


Ticket, Bus Information for NCAA Tournament


The Valparaiso University ticket office will be selling NCAA Tournament tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Tickets through Valpo will be $100 per person for the first 350 fans, including students. The ticket office will be taking orders both by phone (1-877-MY-VU-TIX) or in person in the main lobby of the ARC. In addition, the Alumni Association will be organizing a chartered bus trip to Columbus, as well as a pregame lunch buffet at Nationwide Arena.


Crusaders, Terrapins to Face Off at 3:45 p.m. CT on Friday


Valparaiso will tip off in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in its Second Round game against Maryland at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. CT from Columbus, Ohio on Friday afternoon. The game between the 13th-seeded Crusaders and fourth-seeded Terrapins will be broadcast live in its entirety on TNT, with Ian Eagle and Doug Gottlieb on the call. The Valpo ticket office will be open at 10 a.m. on Monday, while more details about bus trips through the Alumni Office will be available on Monday as well.


Crusaders Heading to Columbus, Play Maryland to Open 2015 NCAA Tournament


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team received a no. 13 seed for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will open tournament play with a second-round game against no. 4 seed Maryland on Friday, March 20. Valpo will take on the Terrapins in Columbus, Ohio, with game time to be determined later this evening.


Selection Show Party to Be Held Sunday Night; NCAA Tournament Page Unveiled


The Valparaiso University Alumni Association invites fans to join the Crusaders on Selection Sunday as they find out their opponent and destination for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The viewing party will be held in the Ballrooms of the Harre Union on campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. In addition, the Valpo Athletics website has launched an NCAA Tournament Central page at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA, which will feature daily updates during the Crusaders’ journey through the tournament.


The Crusaders Are Going Dancing Again!


Faced with adversity, trailing by 10 late in the first half and without one of their starting guards, the Crusaders did what they have done all season long – stepped up to the challenge. Valpo scored the final two baskets of the first half and then dominated the second half, outscoring Green Bay 35-19 to earn a 54-44 victory and claim the 2015 Horizon League Championship – Valpo’s second league title in three years. With the win, the Crusaders return to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the Division I era.


Valpo To Square Off With Green Bay For Title Tuesday Night


40 minutes away from a second Horizon League Championship in three years and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, all that stands in Valparaiso’s way is the second-seeded Green Bay Phoenix. The Crusaders and Phoenix will tip off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the ARC, live on ESPN.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's Horizon League Championship semifinal win over Cleveland State and look ahead to Tuesday's title game against Green Bay.


Tickets Available Now For Title Game


Tickets are available now for Tuesday night's Horizon League Championship title game between Valparaiso and Green Bay, set for a 6 p.m. tip at the ARC. Fans can buy tickets by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/, calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX or visiting the ticket office (located in the main lobby of the ARC), which will be open Sunday noon-4 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. through game time.


Crusaders Win Program-Record 27th Game, Advance to HL Title Game


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer to its second Horizon League Championship trophy in three years on Saturday night at the ARC, ending the game on a 7-2 run and earning a 60-55 victory over fourth-seeded Cleveland State to advance to the league tournament championship game. Valpo will take on second-seeded Green Bay Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT at the ARC for the right to represent the Horizon League in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders set a new program record as well on Saturday, winning their 27th game of the season.


Valpo to Face Cleveland State Saturday Night


The Valparaiso men's basketball team will face fourth-seeded Cleveland State in the second semifinal of the 2015 Horizon League Championship Saturday night at the ARC. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. and be broadcast live on ESPNU.


Crusaders Take the ARC Floor Saturday Evening in HL Semifinal


With one goal down, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team takes flight towards its second goal - winning the Horizon League Championship and earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament - on Saturday evening, when the Crusaders will face either Cleveland State or Detroit in the league tournament semifinals. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. from the ARC, and will be televised live on ESPNU.


Promotions Abound at Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship


Fans, be on the lookout for a number of promotions at this weekend's Horizon League Championship games at the ARC, highlighted by a chance to take pictures with the Horizon League Championship and NCAA National Championship trophies!


Run at the Top: The Crusaders' Success Under Bryce Drew


Less than four years ago, Bryce Drew stood at his introductory press conference and jokingly thanked his dad, Homer, for leaving at least one more thing to accomplish - winning a Horizon League championship. Now, Drew sits at the helm of the Crusader program, having led Valpo to three regular season titles in the last four years. This is a look back at how it's happened.


Pregame Reception In Hilltop Gym to Precede Saturday's Game


Join your fellow Crusader fans at a pregame reception in Hilltop Gym prior to Saturday night's semifinal game in the Horizon League Championship!


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at last Friday's regular season title-clinching victory, talk about the team's postseason awards and look forward to the Horizon League Championship.


Five Crusaders Honored by Horizon League


Bryce Drew named Coach of the Year, Vashil Fernandez named Defensive Player of the Year, Jubril Adekoya named Sixth Man of the Year as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Monday. In addition, Alec Peters was a First Team All-League choice and Tevonn Walker made the All-Freshman Team.


Tickets Available Now for 2015 Horizon League Championship


Tickets are available today for the 2015 Horizon League Championship at the Athletics-Recreation Center! All-tournament passes are on sale now, while single-day tickets will go on sale on Tuesday morning, March 3. Free student tickets are available now as well at the Valpo ticket office.


Crusaders Claim Outright Title With Win at Cleveland State


Three outright Horizon League regular season championships in four years. The Valparaiso men’s basketball team made sure they would share the title banner with no other team on Friday night, winning at Cleveland State 56-53 to finish atop the league with a 13-3 record. Alec Peters' four-point play with 1:11 to play all but capped the win as he finished with 15 points, as the Crusaders secured hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.


Title, Hosting Rights on the Line Friday at Cleveland State


The regular season all comes down to one game for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team, as the Crusaders head into Cleveland State Friday night needing a win to secure the outright league regular season title and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.


Crusaders Fall on Road at Detroit


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team saw its first chance to claim the outright Horizon League regular season title slip by the wayside Wednesday evening in Detroit, Mich., as the Titans’ Juwan Howard Jr. hit three free throws with 1.3 seconds to play to send the Crusaders to a 63-60 defeat.


Valpo Looks For Outright Title Wednesday at Detroit


Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team heads off for a Wednesday night matchup against Detroit looking to clinch the outright championship and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Heading into the final week of the regular season with a chance to clinch the outright Horizon League title, men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Crusaders Close Out Perfect Home League Slate Saturday


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer towards a Horizon League regular season title on Saturday evening in front of a packed house on Senior Night at the ARC, out-dueling Wright State in a hard-fought contest, 55-48. With the win, the Crusaders are now 25-4 overall and own a 12-2 mark in league play, one game up on Cleveland State with two games left to play.


Crusader Men Host Wright State on Senior Night Saturday


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team concludes the regular season home slate Saturday evening as it looks to remain atop the Horizon League standings, hosting Wright State on Senior Night. Crusader seniors David Chadwick and Vashil Fernandez will be honored prior to the game, while Valpo drawstring backpacks will be given out to the first 1,000 fans through the doors.


Valpo Basketball Preview


The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as the two look back at a pair of tight victories last weekend against Green Bay and Milwaukee, and look ahead to a Senior Night showdown with Wright State Saturday evening.


Pair of Crusaders Earn Weekly Accolades


Following a 2-0 weekend that put Valparaiso atop the Horizon League standings, a pair of Crusaders have earned weekly honors. Freshman Tevonn Walker was named Freshman of the Week by the Horizon League – his second honor from the league office this season – and earned Lou Henson Award national Player of the Week accolades, while junior Darien Walker was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.


Crusaders Down Milwaukee Sunday For Key Road Win


Valparaiso shrugged off the fact it faced its first halftime deficit in six weeks Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee, shooting 65.2% in the second half to rally from the five-point margin at the break and down the Panthers 62-55. The win was the sixth straight for the Crusaders, who improved to 24-4 overall and maintained first place in the Horizon League standings at 11-2.


Valpo Hits Road to Take On Milwaukee Sunday


Sitting alone in first place with just four games left in the regular season, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has a quick turnaround to a Sunday afternoon game, as the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee for a 1 p.m. tip. Valpo enters the game on a five-game winning streak, its fourth winning streak of at least five games this year.


Crusaders Claim First Place; Hold Off Green Bay

Tevonn Walker finishes with a game-high 20 points as Valparaiso led by as many as 15 in the second half and held off Green Bay down the stretch for a 63-59 win at the ARC Friday night. The win moves the Crusaders into sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Set For ESPN2 Showdown With Green Bay


Two of the three teams tied atop the Horizon League standings square off at the ARC Friday night, as Valparaiso hosts Green Bay at 6 p.m. live on ESPN2. The Crusaders have won nine straight home games.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last Sunday's win over Oakland and what has been working well for Valpo recently, and looks ahead to a pair of tough games this week against Green Bay and at Milwaukee.


Crusaders Pull Out Crucial Win Over Oakland


Six Crusaders score in double figures and Valpo posted a key 8-2 run late in the second half to pull away for an 82-76 win over Oakland at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Crusaders to 22-4 on the season and 9-2 in Horizon League play.


Oakland Game to Be Broadcast on American Sports Network


Sunday's game against Oakland, which has been moved to a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised nationwide by the American Sports Network. In the Chicagoland market, it will be carried on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus, while various regional sports networks from coast to coast will pick up the broadcast as well. Check the attached PDF for a full list of networks. In addition, it will be live streamed online at AmericanSportsNet.com.


Crusaders Welcome Oakland to ARC Sunday Afternoon


Valparaiso welcomes Oakland to the ARC as two of the four teams with two losses in league play match up. Valpo has won eight straight home games, while the Golden Grizzlies have won seven of the last nine in the series - all of which have seen the two teams separated by six points or fewer in regulation.


Peters Earns Academic All-District Honor


Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters received recognition Thursday for his work both on the hardwood and in the classroom, as he earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team. With the Academic All-District honors, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.


Crusaders Remain Atop League With Win Over Detroit


Darien Walker scored a career-high 21 points, while Tevonn Walker added 19 points as well as the Crusaders snapped a three-game home losing streak to Detroit with a 78-70 win at the ARC on Wednesday. The win improves Valpo's record to 21-4 overall and keeps the Crusaders in a tie atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusaders Return Home to Host Detroit Wednesday


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to keep its hold on a share of first place in the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders kick off a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against Detroit. Valpo is looking to snap a three-game home losing streak to the Titans. The first 1,000 fans through the doors Wednesday receive a free pair of Valpo sunglasses.


Oakland Game Time Changed; Green Bay Game Selected for ESPN2


The Valparaiso men's basketball team's home game against Oakland this Sunday, February 8 has been moved to a 2 p.m. tipoff. In addition, the home game versus Green Bay on Friday, February 13 will tip at 6 p.m. and will be televised live nationwide on ESPN2.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last Saturday's win at UIC and look ahead to home games this week against Detroit and Oakland.


Crusaders Hold On at UIC, Earn 20th Win of Season


Crusaders hold off UIC surge for 70-65 win in Chicago Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for first in the Horizon League standings and reaching the 20-win mark earlier than any other team in program history. Vashil Fernandez broke Valpo's single-season blocked shots record in the win, while Darien Walker earned his first double-double as a Crusader in the return to his hometown.


Valpo Looks For Win #20 Saturday


Crusaders go after their 20th win of the season Saturday, making the short trip to Chicago to face UIC. The game, slated for a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised by the American Sports Network - locally available on Comcast Sports Net Chicago Plus - and streamed live online on the ASN website.


Crusaders Ride Quick Start to Easy Win Monday


Valpo out-scores Milwaukee 30-5 over the game's first 14 minutes Monday night and cruises to a 73-48 win over the Panthers to improve to 19-4 on the year. Alec Peters led all players with 24 points and David Skara added 14 points as the Crusaders moved to 6-2 at the halfway mark of Horizon League play.


Valpo Returns Home to Take On Milwaukee Monday


Crusaders kick off a stretch of four out of five games at home Monday evening against Milwaukee. Valpo hasn't lost consecutive games all season.


Join the Fun at the ARC For Crusader Basketball!


Giveaways at all five home games highlight the promotional schedule for the remainder of the Valparaiso men’s basketball regular season. For Monday night's game against Milwaukee, the Crusader will be celebrating his birthday, the coaching staff will be sporting sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer, and the first 2,000 fans will receive new Valpo rally towels.


Crusaders Come Up Just Short at Green Bay


The battle of Horizon League leaders lived up to the hype Friday evening in Green Bay, but in the end, Valpo couldn't get a pair of chances for the go-ahead basket in the final 20 seconds to fall, as the Phoenix defeated the Crusaders, 51-50.


Valpo Poised For Televised Showdown With Phoenix


Crusaders close out three-game road swing on ESPNU Friday night at 8 p.m. at Green Bay. Valpo has won five in a row, is 18-3 overall and receiving votes in the USA Today coaches poll, while the Phoenix own a 16-4 record. The two squads are tied with Cleveland State atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusaders Win Fifth Straight With Road Victory at YSU


Crusaders improve to 18-3 on the season and move into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings with a 77-62 win at Youngstown State Tuesday night. Jubril Adekoya scored a career-high 14 points, one of four Valpo players to finish in double figures.


Valpo Athletics Mourns the Passing of Milt Schoon


Milt Schoon, a member of the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame and a key component of the Crusader men’s basketball program in the mid-1940’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 92.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as they look back at a gritty win at Wright State Saturday evening and look ahead to two more challenging road games ahead this week.


Men's Basketball Continues Road Swing at YSU


The Valparaiso men's basketball team brings a 17-3 overall record to Youngstown State on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders continue their three-game road swing. A win Tuesday night would move Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusaders Pick Up Crucial Road Win at Wright State


Crusaders score nine straight points over a crucial 3:30 stretch late in the second half to push a one-point lead to 10 points en route to a 66-56 win at Wright State Saturday night to improve to 17-3. Vashil Fernandez led Valpo with 14 points and nine rebounds.


Valpo Returns to Action Saturday at Wright State


A week's break between games ends for the Valparaiso men's basketball team Saturday evening, as the Crusaders kick off a three-game road stretch at Wright State. Valpo enters the game at 16-3 on the season, the first time since the World's Tallest Team in 1944-45 it has held this good a record this late into the season.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last week's pair of wins and look ahead to a tough road matchup at Wright State this Saturday night.


Crusaders Pull Through For Hard-Fought Win Saturday


Alec Peters scores 24 points as Valparaiso pulls out a hard-fought battle against Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC, 58-56. The Crusaders improve to 16-3 with the win - one of just two programs in the nation with 16 wins.


Valpo Closes Out Homestand Saturday Night


Crusaders host Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Valpo enters the game as one of just four teams in the nation with 15 wins. The first 300 fans through the door will receive free Valpo winter beanies.


Crusaders Put Together Complete Game to Down UIC


Crusaders shoot better than 60% from the floor in an 85-56 win over UIC at the ARC Thursday night. Vashil Fernandez led five players in double figures with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting.


Men Set to Host UIC Thursday


Valparaiso looks to improve to 2-1 in Horizon League play as it hosts UIC Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders have won 11 straight matchups in the series against the Flames.


Cornelison to Sing National Anthem at ARC January 8


World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison returns to the ARC for the second straight year, as he will sing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders’ men’s basketball game against UIC this Thursday, January 8. Tickets are still available by visiting ValpoAthletics.com/Tickets or calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at the first weekend of Horizon League play and look ahead to a pair of home games this week on Thursday and Saturday night.


Peters, Franklin Named Athletes of the Month


Alec Peters (men's basketball) and Dani Franklin (women's basketball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for December.


Walker Earns Freshman of the Week Honor


Tevonn Walker earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor from the Horizon League office after averaging 14.0 points per game last week in a trio of games.


Crusaders Pull Away Late to Take Down Penguins


Crusaders pull down most offensive rebounds in at least 25 seasons and hold Youngstown State to no field goals over the final eight minutes, pulling away late for a 79-64 win over the Penguins in Horizon League action. Keith Carter picked up his first career double-double in the victory.


Valpo Men Look to Bounce Back Sunday Afternoon


Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss in its league opener, turning around just 40 hours later to host Youngstown State at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The game with the Penguins kicks off a three-game homestand this week for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Mount Comeback, Eventually Fall at Oakland


Crusaders rally from 16-point first-half deficit and send game into overtime on a Keith Carter 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds, but Oakland out-scores Valpo 18-4 in overtime for a 89-75 win. Tevonn Walker scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Crusaders.


Crusaders Open League Play Friday at Oakland


Sporting a 13-2 record, the Valparaiso men's basketball team opens up Horizon League play Friday night at Oakland at 6 p.m. CT. The all-time series has seen 14 of 24 meetings decided by five points or less, including the last seven matchups.


Dominating Defense Leads to Win at JMU Monday


Crusaders hold James Madison to lowest field goal percentage, lead by 24 at the half en route to a 79-52 win on the road Monday night. The win sends Valpo, ranked fourth in the most recent Mid-Major top-25 poll, into Horizon League play with a 13-2 record.


Valpo Men Return to Action Monday Night


Valparaiso returns from Christmas to put a four-game winning streak on the line Monday evening at James Madison in the Crusaders’ final non-league game of the regular season. The Crusaders are ranked eighth in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25 poll and received a vote in last week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.


Peters Claims League Weekly Honor


Sophomore Alec Peters named Horizon League men's basketball Player of the Week by the league for the second time this year after scoring 52 points in the last three halves of basketball, leading Valpo to a pair of wins.


Fernandez Sets New Blocks Mark in Win Over Goshen


Less than 24 hours after tallying six blocks in the Crusaders’ win at IPFW, senior Vashil Fernandez set a new program single-game record with eight blocked shots as Valparaiso rolled to a 82-55 victory over Goshen Sunday afternoon at the ARC. The Crusaders improved to 12-2 on the season with the win.


Crusaders Claim Tough Road Win at IPFW


Crusaders rally from nine-point halftime deficit behind 23 second-half points from Alec Peters for 75-72 win at IPFW. Keith Carter added 18 points and Vashil Fernandez six blocks in the win. Valpo returns home looking for its 12th win of the year Sunday at 1:35 p.m. at the ARC against Goshen.


Crusaders Take On IPFW, Goshen This Weekend


Valparaiso looks to enter the Christmas break on a high note, as the Crusaders play games on back-to-back days this weekend. Valpo will travel to IPFW for a Saturday night contest before returning to the ARC Sunday afternoon to take on Goshen.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last weekend's victory over Ball State and look ahead to Saturday's IPFW contest.


Crusaders Hold Off Ball State For Win Number Ten


Valparaiso rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit and withstood a late Ball State comeback effort in a 65-62 win over their in-state foe at the ARC Saturday night. Alec Peters finished with his second career double-double as the Crusaders hit the ten-win mark - one of a handful of teams in the nation with double figures in the win column.


Valpo Welcomes Ball State to ARC Saturday


The Valparaiso men's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand Saturday night when it hosts Ball State at the ARC. The Crusaders are looking to become one of the nation's first teams to reach the ten-win mark this season.


Crusaders Pick Up Ninth Win of Season Wednesday Night


Valparaiso improved to 9-2 on the season Wednesday night at the ARC, as all ten Crusaders who dressed played at least 14 minutes in Valpo’s 79-54 victory over Trinity International.


Crusader Men Look to Bounce Back Against TIU Wednesday


Valparaiso looks to rebound from just its second loss of the season as it continues a three-game homestand Wednesday night at the ARC against Trinity International. The Crusaders had their seven-game winning streak snapped last time out.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's games and look ahead to matchups at home against Trinity International and Ball State this week.


Cold-Shooting Crusaders Fall to New Mexico


Valpo suffers through worst shooting night at home in over 14 years, never leads in falling to New Mexico 63-46 Saturday night.


Valpo Set to Host New Mexico Saturday


The Crusaders put their seven-game winning streak on the line Saturday as they host perennial Mountain West power New Mexico at the ARC at 7:05 p.m. The game, which can be seen live on ESPN3.com, will feature a halftime performance by the Chicago Bucket Boys.


Crusaders Win Seventh Straight at EKU Wednesday


13-0 run late in the second half key for the Crusaders as they win at Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night, 72-66 - snapping EKU's 25-game home non-conference winning streak. Alec Peters led the way with 21 points on seven 3-pointers as Valpo improved to 8-1 on the season.


Peters Nominated for NABC Good Works Team


Alec Peters is one of 98 nominees from Division I men's basketball for the NABC Good Works Team. Peters, a First Team All-League selection in the preseason this year, was nominated for his efforts in helping his hometown of Washington, Ill. recover from the tornadoes of last November.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as the pair discuss Valpo's success last weekend at the Challenge in Music City and the challenges that lie ahead this week against Eastern Kentucky and New Mexico.


Men's Basketball Looks For Seventh Straight Win at EKU


Crusaders head down to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. CT in search of a seventh straight win. Each of Valpo's last six wins have come by double figures, a stretch not seen from a Crusader team in nearly a decade.


Crusaders Claim Tournament Crown With Win Over Portland


Crusaders roll to third win in three days, downing Portland 70-55 on Sunday to win the inaugural Challenge in Music City. Alec Peters earned Tournament MVP accolades and was joined by Darien Walker on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Explode In Win Over Murray State


Crusaders down Murray State at the Challenge in Music City on Saturday night, 93-58 - Valpo's largest margin of victory against a Division I team since 2002. Alec Peters led the way with 26 points and eight rebounds and Darien Walker added 19 points, setting up a game for the tournament title against Portland at 1 p.m. on Sunday.


Crusaders Take Down Drake in Nashville Friday Night


Crusaders lead start to finish in opening play at the Challenge in Music City in Nashville with a 66-46 win over Drake Friday night. Darien Walker scored 11 of his game-high 19 points early in the second half during the key run.


Challenge in Music City Awaits Valpo This Weekend


Crusader men get set to face Drake, Murray State and Portland this weekend at the Challenge in Music City following the Thanksgiving holiday. Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of six consecutive games away from the ARC.


Peters Claims Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, both by the league office and by College Sports Madness, after leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 mark last week and setting a new career high with a 31-point effort against Maine.


Peters Sets New Career High in Win Over Maine


Alec Peters sets a new career high with 31 points, including 22 in the first half as Valpo jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead in a 93-70 victory over Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament. Peters and Vashil Fernandez represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Use Inside Presence to Down UAPB


Crusaders use 11-0 run to start second half to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 59-46 win Friday at the Central Michigan Tournament. Alec Peters led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Keith Carter set a new career high with seven assists.


Crusaders Travel to Central Michigan Tournament This Weekend


Valpo to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday afternoon and Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament this weekend. Sunday's game (9:45 a.m. ET, 8:45 a.m CT) will be the Crusaders' earliest start since hosting a 7 a.m. game two seasons ago as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.


Balanced Offense Leads Valpo Past IUSB


Led by 17 points from David Skara, six Crusaders scored in double figures Wednesday night in Valpo's 91-55 victory at the ARC over IU South Bend.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to discuss the first two games of the season, the play of Vashil Fernandez and E. Victor Nickerson and how the team approaches the week ahead with games against IU South Bend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Maine.


Game Day Parking: 2014-15 Men's Basketball


The installation of the Warren Hoger Track around Brown Field and the University’s purchase of the former Porter Hospital property have resulted in some changes and additions to the parking options for men’s basketball fans this season. Read on for more details.


Valpo Men Face IUSB Wednesday Night


Crusaders look for their second straight home victory Wednesday night against IU South Bend. The game is the last chance for fans to catch Valpo at the ARC until December 6.


Horizon League Announces Television Partnership with American Sports Network


The Horizon League has reached an agreement with the American Sports Network (ASN) to provide supplemental national television coverage of Horizon League basketball this season. ASN will produce ten Horizon League men's basketball games, including a pair of the Crusaders' league games.


Crusaders Fall at Missouri


Valparaiso could not overcome 32.6% shooting on the road at Missouri Sunday evening in Columbia, Mo., as the Tigers downed the Crusaders by a 56-41 final.


Valpo Set To Take On Mizzou Sunday


Crusaders look to make it a perfect opening weekend as they play at Missouri Sunday evening at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live nationwide on the SEC Network.


Crusaders Take Down ETSU in Season Opener


Four Crusaders score in double figures as Valparaiso opens the 2014-15 season with a 90-76 win over East Tennessee State.


Valpo Men Welcome Relvao, Smits to Crusader Family


Crusaders add pair of big men in the early signing period, as Daniel Relvao and Derrik Smits have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valpo program as freshmen in 2015-16.


Crusader Men Ready For Season Opener


The Valparaiso men's basketball team officially lifts the lid on the 2014-15 regular season Friday night at the ARC at 7:30 p.m. against East Tennessee State. The family of former Crusader head coach Gene Bartow will be on hand for a special pre-game ceremony, including ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, Gene's son.


Valpo Basketball Preview


Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow to look ahead as the Crusaders open up the 2014-15 season this weekend with a pair of games - a Friday night home game against East Tennessee State and a Sunday afternoon game at SEC foe Missouri.


Crusaders Open November with Exhibition Win over Grand Valley State


Alec Peters scores 17 points and Darien Walker adds 16 points, including a key seven-point stretch in the second half, as the Crusaders down Grand Valley State 60-52 Thursday night at the ARC in their lone exhibition game.


What You Need to Know: Valpo Men's Basketball


On the eve of the Crusaders’ exhibition game against Grand Valley State, delve into a primer on what to expect on the hardwood from the Valparaiso men’s basketball team this season.


Peters Named Preseason First Team Selection; Crusaders Picked Fourth


Sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named a preseason First Team All-Horizon League selection, while the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League standings in 2014-15.


Champions in Community: Valpo Men's Basketball at ValPlayso


Check out the attached video, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team took time out from preseason practice Thursday morning to help the Valpo community in its rebuilding of ValPlayso Park.


Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge Set for October 16


The ValparaiZone and Valpo Men's and Women's Basketball Teams are excited to announce the Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge for students. This event, which will take place Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the ARC, is sure to generate excitement around the upcoming basketball season.


Crusaders to Host Pair of ESPN3 Games, Play On the SEC Network


Dec. 6 game against New Mexico and Jan. 10 game against Cleveland State to be broadcast live exclusively on ESPN3 from the ARC, while the Nov. 16 game at Missouri will be shown on the SEC Network. The trio of games joins the three previously announced broadcasts to give Valpo at least six nationally-broadcast games this season.


2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule Preview With Bryce Drew


Hear what Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew has to say about the Crusaders' schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season in this schedule preview video. And fans, you can now download a men's basketball schedule wallpaper for your computer by clicking the link below.


Crusaders Announce 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule


15 home games at the ARC, including a visit from New Mexico, and three appearances on the ESPN family of networks highlight the 2014-15 Valparaiso men's basketball schedule, as announced today by head coach Bryce Drew. Season tickets are on sale now by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.


Men’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Now


Valparaiso men's basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 season, covering 15 home games. Tickets, which start as low as $147.50 for the general public and $110.63 for faculty, staff and recent alumni, can be purchased by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.


Levingston Simon Joins Crusader Men’s Basketball Program


Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew announced today that Chandler Levingston Simon has joined the Crusader program as a walk-on. A Chicago-area product who spent last season at UMKC, he will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.


Crusaders Announce Addition of Hammink

Shane Hammink comes to Valpo after two seasons at LSU. The 6'7" guard recently made his senior international debut for the Netherlands, adding to his vast experience in international basketball.


Champion in Community: Alec Peters

Alec Peters showed his commitment to being a Champion in Community last November with his response following the tornado that struck his hometown of Washington, Illinois.


Crusaders Help Hope Swings Initiative in Washington

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team took a break from summer workouts on Monday to give back to the community of sophomore Alec Peters, whose hometown of Washington, Ill. was devastated by a massive tornado last November.


Three Crusaders Named to NABC Honors Court

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team placed three players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-2014 Honors Court, as announced by the organization today. The Crusaders’ three players were the most honored from any Horizon League school.


Gomes Part of Angola Preliminary Squad for FIBA World Cup

Forward Joaquim Gomes rounds out five former Valparaiso men’s basketball players who have been selected to preliminary rosters in advance of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, as he is among 15 players on Angola’s preliminary squad for the upcoming tournament.


Trio of Former Crusaders Head to Finnish National Team Camp

Haanpaa, Huff and Nikkila all among Finland's 20-man preliminary squad in advance of 2014 FIBA World Cup


Broekhoff Called Into Boomers Camp

One year after helping lead his native Australia to the silver medal at the World University Games, former Valparaiso basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff has been called into the Australian Boomers' July camp leading up to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.


Drew Tosses First Pitch; McClendon Leads M's to Win Saturday

Men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew throws out first pitch prior to Saturday's White Sox-Mariners game; former Crusader baseball player Lloyd McClendon leads Seattle to victory as manager


Walker Joins Crusader Men’s Basketball Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Chicago native Darien Walker has agreed to join the Crusader basketball program. Walker, a transfer from John A. Logan College, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 season.


Yeo Released From Commitment to Basketball Program

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Clay Yeo, who completed his freshman season in 2013-14 with the Crusaders, has been released from his commitment to the men's basketball program.


Peters, Bowling Will Square Off in Best of 2013-2014 Semifinals

With exactly 900 ballots cast in last week's quarterfinal vote, Valpo's Best of 2013-2014 is down to four. Today we unveil the first of two semifinal matches in the accompanying video. Fans can begin casting their ballots now!


Valpo Heading to Challenge in Music City Next Season

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team is one of four programs taking part in the inaugural Challenge in Music City next season, to be held Nov. 28-30, 2014 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Pairings for the event, which also includes Drake, Murray State and Portland, were announced today, and tickets are available today as well.


Skara Signs National Letter of Intent With Valpo Basketball

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that the Crusaders have received a national letter of intent from David Skara, a native of Zadar, Croatia who will join the program as a freshman for the 2014-15 season.


Ron Howard Sets NBA D-League Career Scoring Record

Former Valparaiso men’s basketball player and Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Ron Howard etched his name into the NBA D-League record books on Saturday night, as he became the D-League’s all-time leading scorer.


Crusader Men’s Basketball to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso’s men’s basketball team will be hosting three basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.


Joseph, Walker Conclude Stellar Season for Vanier

Valparaiso men's basketball signees Max Joseph and Tevonn Walker recently concluded their final season playing for Vanier College (Saint-Laurent borough, Montreal, Quebec), helping to lead the squad to a fourth-place finish at the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships. Along the way, both Joseph and Walker earned numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Walker's selection to the All-Canadian Team.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Columbia

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew was joined by seniors Lavonte Dority and Moussa Gueye and freshman Alec Peters following the Crusaders' loss to Columbia in the CIT Tuesday night, capping a season which featured a number of notable milestones.


Buzzer-Beater Drops Crusaders in First Round of CIT

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday at the ARC, as Columbia’s Maodo Lo hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to give the Lions a 58-56 victory. Valpo fifth-year senior Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) broke the program’s single-season blocked shots record in his final game as a Crusader.


Valpo Set to Open CIT Play Tuesday

Valparaiso opens its fourth consecutive postseason appearance on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders host Columbia in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. This marks Valpo’s second appearance in the CIT, as Valpo was previously extended a bid in 2011.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as Valpo prepares for the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament as it hosts Columbia on Tuesday night.


Crusaders to Host Columbia In CIT First Round Game Tuesday Evening

The Valparaiso men's basketball team's fourth straight postseason appearance will begin at the ARC against Ivy League foe Columbia in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m.


Tickets On Sale Now for CIT First Round Game

Tickets are on sale now as the Valparaiso men's basketball team prepares to host a first round game in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the ARC next week.


Dority Earns NABC All-District Honor

Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) added another honor to his standout final season as a Crusader on Wednesday, as he was named a Second Team All-District 12 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). With the selection, Dority is now eligible for NABC All-America honors.


Valparaiso Accepts Bid to CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

For the fourth consecutive season and the 13th time in the last 19 years, the Valparaiso men's basketball program will be playing in the postseason, as the Crusaders announced this afternoon they had accepted a bid to the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Valpo will be hosting a first-round game at the ARC either Tuesday, March 18 or Wednesday, March 19.


Crusaders Succumb to Panthers in Second Round of HL Tournament

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a hot start from the floor by Milwaukee Friday evening in the second round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship, as the fourth-seeded Crusaders fell to the fifth-seeded Panthers by a final score of 74-57.


Crusaders Set to Show Down With Panthers Friday

Valparaiso continues defense of the Horizon League Championship on Friday evening in Green Bay, Wis., as the Crusaders take on Milwaukee in second round action at 8:30 p.m. Both the fourth-seeded Crusaders and fifth-seeded Panthers won home games Tuesday evening to advance in the tournament.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - UIC

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over UIC in the first round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship on Tuesday night.


Crusaders Take Down UIC in Opening Round of HL Championship

Behind a sterling effort in his postseason debut from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington), the Valparaiso men’s basketball team defeated UIC 73-63 Tuesday evening at the ARC in the first round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship. With the victory, the fourth-seeded Crusaders advance to Green Bay to face fifth-seeded Milwaukee Friday evening at 8:30 p.m.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, in advance of the start of the 2014 Horizon League Championship.


Crusaders Ready To Open HL Championship Tuesday

Valparaiso opens defense of its Horizon League Championship at the ARC on Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m. with a first round game against UIC. The Crusaders earned the fourth seed for the tournament after finishing 9-7 in league play this year, while the Flames are the tournament’s ninth seed.


Dority's First Team Selection Highlights Crusader Award Winners

For the fourth straight year, the Valparaiso men's basketball team was represented on the All-League First Team as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards, as senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) earned First Team All-League honors this season. In addition, freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) both earned spots on the league's All-Freshman Team.


Tickets Available Today for Tuesday Tournament Game

Tickets are on sale Sunday beginning at noon for Valparaiso's first-round Horizon League Championship game Tuesday evening against UIC at the ARC, set for a 7:05 p.m. tip. In addition, tickets to a pre-game pep rally are also available now through the Office of Alumni Relations.


Crusaders Drop Regular Season Finale to Cleveland State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team was unable to capture a Senior Day victory on Saturday afternoon at the ARC, falling to Cleveland State, 63-52. The Crusaders end the regular season in fourth place in the Horizon League standings and will open the 2014 Horizon League Championship Tuesday evening at the ARC against ninth-seeded UIC at 7 p.m.


Crusaders Host Cleveland State Saturday on Senior Day

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to go into the 2014 Horizon League Championship on a winning note on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Cleveland State in the regular season finale at 3 p.m. Saturday also is Senior Day at the ARC, as the four Crusader seniors will be honored prior to the game and will address the crowd following the game. The game is the HLN Regional TV broadcast, and will be tape-delayed locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 7 p.m.


Valpo Unable to Capture Road Win Tuesday

20 turnovers were too much for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team to overcome Tuesday evening in Dayton, Ohio, as the Crusaders fell by a 67-58 final to Wright State.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to the final week of the regular season, as the Crusaders play at Wright State Tuesday evening and close out the slate at the ARC Saturday afternoon against Cleveland State.


Peters Earns HL Freshman of the Week Award

For the fourth time this season, freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League men's basketball Freshman of the Week.


Crusaders Kick Off Final Week of Regular Season at WSU

Securing a bye in the Horizon League Championship is what the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has its sights set on Tuesday night, as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State. A victory would guarantee Valpo no worse than a third-place finish in the league standings.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Youngstown State

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Bobby Capobianco, Lavonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.


Crusaders Pull Out Key Win Over YSU Saturday

It was tight all the way for the Valparaiso men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders never led Youngstown State by more than three points all game, but eight second-half 3-pointers, including the eventual game-winner inside the final minute from Bobby Capobianco, spurred Valpo to a 68-66 victory over the Penguins from the ARC.


Valpo Looks to Bounce Back Saturday versus YSU

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to rebound from a Thursday night loss on Saturday afternoon, returning home to the ARC as Youngstown State comes to town. Despite falling on Thursday, the Crusaders still control their own destiny for the second seed in the Horizon League Championship. Saturday's 3pm tip will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Unable to Knock Off Green Bay Thursday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team erased a double-figure first-half deficit Thursday night in Green Bay, Wis., but were unable to rally from a similar deficit early in the second half, as Green Bay downed the Crusaders by a 67-53 final. The Crusaders surpassed the program's single-season team blocked shots record early in the second half.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to Thursday night's game at league-leading Green Bay and Saturday afternoon's home game against Youngstown State.


Valpo Looks For Season Sweep of Green Bay Thursday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns to the state of Wisconsin for a Thursday night battle against league-leading Green Bay. The Crusaders are looking for the season sweep of the Phoenix, which is receiving votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll.


March 1 Cleveland State Game Time Change

The Valparaiso men's basketball home game against Cleveland State on Saturday, March 1 has been selected as the wildcard broadcast for Horizon League Network Regional TV, moving the game time to 3 p.m.


Crusaders Earn Key Road Win at Milwaukee Saturday

Valparaiso led for the final 36 minutes of Saturday night’s Horizon League contest at Milwaukee, pulling away down the stretch for a 77-62 victory over the Panthers. The win keeps the Crusaders in a tie for second place in the league standings and puts Valpo two games ahead of fourth place.


Dority, Drozdowski Named Valparaiso Athletes of the Month for January

Men's basketball senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) and women's track and field senior Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of January.


Crusaders Head to Milwaukee Saturday Night

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team faces a key road game on Saturday evening, traveling to Wisconsin to take on Milwaukee. A win would put the Crusaders securely in the top-three in the Horizon League standings, two games up on fourth place.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to a key Horizon League road matchup this Saturday night at Milwaukee.


Yeo Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week

Following his stellar performance on both ends of the court in Sunday's win over Oakland, Valparaiso freshman Clay Yeo (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week.


Yeo Delivers Game-Winner to Knock Off Oakland

In another riveting chapter in the classic Valparaiso-Oakland men’s basketball rivalry, this time it was the Crusaders who came out on top, as freshman Clay Yeo canned a 3-pointer from the right-hand corner with 7.4 seconds to play to give Valpo a 63-60 victory in a key Horizon League battle at the ARC Sunday afternoon. For the second time in eight days, the Crusaders’ program record for individual blocks in a single game was matched, this time as Moussa Gueye rejected seven shots.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Oakland

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Bobby Capobianco, Moussa Gueye and Clay Yeo in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over Oakland on Sunday.


Crusader Men Turn Around to Face Oakland Sunday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns to the court Sunday afternoon in a quick turnaround from a heartbreaking loss Friday night, taking on Oakland at the ARC in a 1:35 p.m. tip. Despite the loss, the Crusaders still sit in third place in the Horizon League standings.


Last-Second Shot Downs Crusaders Friday Night

In a game which featured an astounding 27 lead changes, freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) put Valparaiso ahead on a runner with 37 seconds to play, but Detroit’s Juwan Howard Jr. knocked down a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining and the Crusaders’ final heave was off the mark as they fell to the Titans at the ARC Friday evening, 59-57.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Detroit

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' last-second loss to Detroit on Friday.


YSU Game Chosen for Regional Broadcast; Hall of Fame Schedule Revised

The Valparaiso men's basketball home game against Youngstown State on Saturday, February 22 has been selected as the wildcard broadcast for Horizon League Network Regional TV, moving the game time to 3 p.m. Due to the game time change, the women's basketball home game that day against Oakland will now be a 7:05 p.m. tip.


Crusaders Host Detroit on ESPNU Friday Night

Winners of five of its last six games, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns home for a pair of games this weekend, beginning with a Friday night game against Detroit which will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 8 p.m. The Crusaders enter this weekend in a tie for second place in the league standings.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to a pair of Horizon League home games this weekend - against Detroit on Friday and against Oakland on Sunday.


Valpo Welcomes Jim Cornelison to the ARC Friday

World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be at the ARC this Friday night, singing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders' nationally-televised game against Detroit. The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with Cornelison singing the anthem at about 7:45.


Dority Claims Player of the Week Honors

For the second time in three weeks, Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, this time following a pair of dominating performances in Crusader victories last week, including a career-best 33 points on Saturday.


Dority Posts Career High In Win at UIC

The combination of a career-high 33-point performance in a homecoming game from senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) on the offensive end and a program record-tying seven blocked shots by junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) on the defensive side of the ball propelled Valparaiso to a 70-46 victory over UIC Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.


Crusaders Take Trip to UIC Saturday

Valparaiso kicks off the second half of Horizon League play with its shortest road trip of the league slate, heading up to Chicago Saturday afternoon to face off with UIC. At the halfway point, the Crusaders sit in a tie for second place in the league standings. The game, which tips at 3 p.m., will be broadcast live locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Watch Wednesday Night's Jersey Retirement Ceremony

If you missed any part of Wednesday night's pregame ceremony retiring the #24 jersey in honor of Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, or just want to re-live the festivities, the entire ceremony is now available in the attached video.


Hot Shooting Helps Crusaders to Win Over Phoenix

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team came out on fire from the floor Wednesday evening at the ARC, hitting over 70% of its shots from the floor in the first half and controlling the game the rest of the way in handing Green Bay its first league loss, 75-60.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Green Bay

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority, Lexus Williams and Jubril Adekoya in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' win over Green Bay on Wednesday.


Valpo Comes Home Wednesday To Face Undefeated Green Bay

Valparaiso closes out the first half of Horizon League play at the ARC on Wednesday evening, looking to knock off a Green Bay squad which is undefeated in Horizon League play and receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll. Prior to the game, the #24 jersey will be retired in honor of both Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, in a ceremony slated to begin at 6:40 p.m.


Road Trip Ends in Split With Saturday Loss at CSU

Valparaiso made just one field goal over the final 16 minutes of the first half Saturday at Cleveland State, an offensive malaise the Crusaders could not overcome in a 69-50 loss to the Vikings in Cleveland.


Valpo Looks to Make It Four Straight Saturday at CSU

Valparaiso takes aim at its fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders close their swing through northeast Ohio at Cleveland State. Valpo enters the game against the Vikings coming off of a thrilling win over Youngstown State Thursday night.


Crusaders Pull Out Road Win at YSU

In a game which saw nearly the entirety of the final 12 minutes played with no more than a three-point lead either way, it was Valparaiso which consistently came up with plays down the stretch, as the Crusaders scored on 12 of their final 13 possessions, including a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the foul line in the final minute, to pull out a 74-71 victory at Youngstown State on Thursday evening.


#24 Jersey To Be Retired January 29, Honoring Lindner, Drew

Having one’s jersey retired is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon any athlete. Next Wednesday, January 29, prior to the men’s basketball game against Green Bay, two of the best players in Valparaiso men’s basketball history, Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, will become the first former Crusaders to earn that honor. The #24 jersey, which both Lindner and Drew wore during their careers, will be raised to the rafters of the ARC in a pregame ceremony and will be the first number officially retired by the Valpo men’s basketball program.


Fans Encouraged to Vote for ValparaiZone for Naismith Student Section of the Year

Valparaiso's student section, the ValparaiZone, has been nominated as one of the top student sections in the country and is now asking for its fans’ support in helping it win the title. Crusader fans can have a say by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award via social media platforms. The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund.


Former Crusader Ensminger Honored by BBL

Former Valparaiso men's basketball standout Chris Ensminger was honored last weekend at the Beko Basketball Bundesliga's All-Star Game for his long and distinguished career in the BBL, Germany's highest-level professional basketball league, and capped his career by making one final appearance in the league's All-Star Game.


Crusaders Kick Off Ohio Road Trip at YSU Thursday

Valparaiso continues the league slate this weekend in northeast Ohio, opening the two-game road trip Thursday evening at Youngstown State. A win would give the Crusaders their first three-game winning streak of the season.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to this week's pair of Horizon League games in northeast Ohio - at Youngstown State on Thursday and at Cleveland State on Saturday.


Dority, Williams Pick Up Weekly League Honors

Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) has been tabbed the Horizon League co-Player of the Week by the league office and as Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, while freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) has been named Freshman of the Week by the league office as well following their performances in a pair of Crusader victories last week.


Dority Leads Crusaders to Win Over Milwaukee

19 first-half points from Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) helped propel Valparaiso to a 10-point halftime lead on Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the ARC, a lead the Crusaders would never relinquish in the second half en route to a 75-62 win over the Panthers.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Milwaukee

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority, Moussa Gueye and Keith Carter in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' win over Milwaukee on Saturday.


Valpo Men Host Milwaukee Saturday

Valparaiso returns home on Saturday afternoon looking to move to the right side of .500 in league play as the Crusaders host Milwaukee. The game will be televised on Horizon League Network Regional TV, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Pick Up Road Win at Detroit

Valparaiso scored on five straight possessions early on in the second half, turning a three-point deficit into a six-point lead, and would never trail again, going on to defeat Detroit, 78-70, Wednesday night at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.


Men's Basketball Heads to Detroit Wednesday

For the second time in 11 days, Valparaiso travels to the state of Michigan, looking to snap a two-game losing skid Wednesday evening as the Crusaders face off with Detroit. Valpo has won each of the last three seasons at Calihan Hall, including dramatic wins each of the last two years.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to this week's pair of Horizon League games at Detroit on Wednesday and at the ARC versus Milwaukee on Saturday.


Crusaders Fall Friday Night to Wright State

Valparaiso erased all but one point of a 15-point halftime deficit less than nine minutes into the second half of a nationally televised contest from the ARC Friday night against Wright State, but could never get over the hump, as the Crusaders fell by a 62-45 final score to the Raiders.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Wright State

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Jordan Coleman and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' loss to Wright State on Friday.


Crusader Men Return Home to ARC Friday Night

A rematch of the 2013 Horizon League Championship title game is on the docket Friday evening from the ARC, as Valparaiso hosts Wright State, live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. The Crusaders swept the season series from the Raiders last season, including a 62-54 win to earn the league title.


Dority, Segatto Named Valparaiso Athletes of the Month for December

Men's basketball senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) and women's swimming junior Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charleow Flanigan) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of December.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to Friday night's nationally-televised rematch of last season's Horizon League Championship game against Wright State, an 8 p.m. tip on ESPNU.


Crusaders Drop League Road Opener at Oakland

Valparaiso led Oakland Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich. 61-50 as the clock ticked under 10 minutes to play, but the Golden Grizzlies used five 3-pointers over the last six minutes to out-score the Crusaders 25-9 the rest of the way as Valpo suffered its first Horizon League loss of the year, 75-70.


Quick Turnaround Takes Crusaders to Oakland Saturday

Valparaiso looks to make it two straight victories to start the Horizon League slate Saturday evening as the Crusaders travel to Rochester, Mich. to take on longtime rival Oakland. The game will be the first home league game as a Horizon League member for the Grizzlies.


Second-Half Surge Leads Crusaders Past Flames

Valparaiso opened its quest for a third consecutive Horizon League regular season title Thursday evening, rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit with a 55-point second half to down UIC 87-72 at the ARC.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - UIC

Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Keith Carter, Jordan Coleman and Lexus Williams in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' win over UIC Thursday night.


Valpo Opens League Slate at ARC Thursday

Valparaiso kicks off the Horizon League slate at home on Thursday evening as the Crusaders welcome UIC to the ARC. Valpo is in search of its third consecutive league regular season championship. The game will be available live exclusively on ESPN3.com.


Crusaders Can’t Complete Comeback Sunday at ETSU

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team sliced a 23-point deficit early in the second half down to seven points on two occasions, but could get no closer as East Tennessee State earned a 73-62 victory over the Crusaders Sunday evening in Johnson City, Tenn.


Men's Basketball Looks to End 2013 On High Note Sunday

Valparaiso closes out the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 schedule on Sunday afternoon, returning after a week off to face East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. The game also marks the final contest of the 2013 calendar year for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Fall to UCF Sunday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome its offensive struggles in the first half Sunday in Orlando, as the Crusaders fell to UCF, 90-62, in their final game as part of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic.


Valpo Downs Southeastern Saturday Evening in Orlando

Valparaiso opened Saturday night’s game against Southeastern in Orlando, Fla. on a 22-2 run over the opening 10 minutes and cruised from there, eventually closing out the evening with an 89-46 win over the Fire. The game was the first of two in two days for the Crusaders at the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic.


Crusaders Head to Florida For Pair of Games

Valparaiso flies down to Orlando this weekend to take part in the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic. The Crusaders will face off against Southeastern University Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. CT before taking on the host Knights Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., a game which can be seen live on ESPN3.com. Sophomore guard Keith Carter is eligible for the first time this weekend.


Valparaiso Signs Drew to Long-Term Contract Extension

Valparaiso University and head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew, a 1998 Valpo graduate, have reached an agreement on a new, 10-year contract.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to preview this week's pair of games in Orlando.


Awards For Peters Following 30-Point Performance

Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following his 30-point effort in the Crusaders' win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Peters also was tabbed league Freshman of the Week by the league office for the third time this year.


The Lutheran Miracle - 25 Years Later

25 years ago Tuesday, a first-year head coach led the Valparaiso men's basketball team against a top-25 Notre Dame team. The result? What became known as "The Lutheran Miracle" - one of the biggest wins in Valpo history. Now, take a look back at the Crusaders' overtime win over the Irish in this video with Homer Drew, Scott Anselm and Mike Jones, and also make sure to check out Paul Oren's NWI Times print story and oral history about that Dec. 17, 1988 victory.


Crusaders Come From Behind to Take Down LMU

Facing a 10-point halftime deficit, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team had little trouble rallying for a victory, taking the lead less than eight minutes into the second half and going on to an 80-73 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at the ARC. The Crusaders were led by the second 30-point effort of the season from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington).


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Loyola Marymount

Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by junior Vashil Fernandez and freshman Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following Valparaiso's win over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon.


Crusader Men Host LMU Saturday

Valparaiso plays its final home game of the 2013 calendar year Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Loyola Marymount with a special 1:05 p.m. tip time. The Crusaders will be holding a toy drive for Hilltop Neighborhood House - each fan who brings a toy to donate will receive free popcorn!


Peters, Karungi Named November Athletes of the Month

Valparaiso men's basketball freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and women's basketball junior Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/ [Northern Oklahoma College]) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of November.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to a light week, with just a 1:05 p.m. tip Saturday against Loyola Marymount on the docket.


Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker to Saint Louis on Buzzer-Beater

Trailing nearly the entire game, Valparaiso fought back to tie Saturday night’s game at the ARC with Saint Louis on a LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) layup with 3.8 seconds to play, but the Billikens got a put-back basket from Mike McCall Jr. just before the buzzer to come out with the 67-65 victory.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Saint Louis

Bobby Capobianco and LaVonte Dority join Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' loss Saturday to Saint Louis.


Valpo Returns Home to Host Saint Louis

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC Saturday evening for one of the toughest tests on the early-season schedule, as the Crusaders host Saint Louis. Valpo is in search of its third consecutive victory.


Basketball Freshmen Join Valpo All-Access

Valpo All-Access visits with a few of the freshmen from the Crusader men's basketball team.


Crusaders Shut Down Ball State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team limited Ball State to just 26.2% shooting from the floor Wednesday evening as the Crusaders won in Muncie for the first time since 1967 with a 69-50 final. The win was the Crusaders’ first road victory of the season as well.


Valpo Heads to Ball State Wednesday Evening

Fresh off a four-game homestand, Valparaiso heads out for its only road game in the span of a month, traveling to Muncie to take on Ball State Wednesday night. The Crusaders are in search of their first road win of the 2013-14 season.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to preview this week's upcoming games at Ball State and at home against Saint Louis.


Williams Earns League Freshman of the Week Honor

Valparaiso freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week following a trio of double-figure scoring performances last week for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Bounce Back With Easy Win Saturday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team bounced back quickly from Friday’s heartbreaking triple-overtime loss, coming out 24 hours later and leading nearly start to finish in Saturday’s 94-58 victory over Cincinnati Christian at the ARC.


Crusaders Fall in Triple-Overtime Battle to Mercer

Valparaiso and Mercer battled like two heavyweight fighters standing toe-to-toe in an epic Friday night at the ARC, but in the end, the Crusaders were unable to land the last blow, as the Bears downed Valpo in triple overtime, 117-108.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Mercer

Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Bobby Capobianco, LaVonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' triple-overtime loss to Mercer Friday night.


Crusader Men to Host Pair of Post-Thanksgiving Games

Valparaiso takes aim at continuing its season-opening winning streak at the ARC this weekend as it hosts a pair of home games. The Crusaders will take on Mercer, which won 24 games last year and already owns a win over Seton Hall this season, on Friday evening before facing NAIA squad Cincinnati Christian on Saturday night.


Crusaders Down UCF Tuesday Evening

Valparaiso led wire-to-wire on Tuesday evening at the ARC, jumping out to a 20-7 lead less than eight minutes into the game en route to an 85-70 victory over UCF. The win is the Crusaders’ fourth in as many home games at the ARC so far this season.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - UCF

Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Bobby Capobianco and Lexus Williams in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' 85-70 victory over UCF.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Todd Ickow sits down with men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew to look ahead to this week's slate of three home games, including a game this evening against UCF and Friday night against Mercer.


Valpo Hosts UCF Tuesday Night

Valparaiso looks to continue its undefeated start to the 2013-14 home slate on Tuesday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders host UCF. The game is the first of an same-season home-and-home series against the Knights.


Peters Earns HL Freshman of the Week Honor

Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 22.5 points per game last week.


Crusaders Roll to Win Saturday Over James Madison

Valparaiso surrendered just four points to James Madison over the final 12:22 of the first half Saturday afternoon in non-league action at the ARC, turning a six-point deficit into a 13-point halftime lead en route to an 81-49 victory over the Dukes.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - James Madison

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Jubril Adekoya, Jordan Coleman and LaVonte Dority at the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over James Madison on Saturday.


Alec Peters Joins Valpo All-Access

Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters joins host Chris Bradley on this week's edition of Valpo All-Access, demonstrating the art of the 3-point shot.


Crusaders Return Home to the ARC Saturday Afternoon

Valparaiso returns home to the friendly confines of the ARC Saturday afternoon, kicking off a four-game homestand over an eight-day stretch against fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament team James Madison at 2:05 p.m.


Attempted Rally Comes Up Short Wednesday

A 30-point performance from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) wasn’t enough for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team to complete a comeback from a 27-point deficit Wednesday night, as the Crusaders fell by a 100-92 final at Evansville.


Men's Basketball Returns to Action Wednesday at Evansville

Valparaiso closes out a stretch of three challenging road games Wednesday evening when it travels to southern Indiana to face off against Evansville. The Crusaders return home for four straight games following Wednesday’s contest.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's Valpo Basketball Preview show. The pair discuss the Crusaders' last two road games and look ahead to games against Evansville and James Madison this week. They also discuss Alec Peters and his return to his hometown of Washington, Ill. early this week following the devastating storms of Sunday.


Crusaders Rally, But Fall at Ohio

Valparaiso erased a 16-point second-half deficit to take the lead for the first time with 2:49 to play, but could not come out with the victory, as Ohio earned the 76-72 win Sunday afternoon in Athens, Ohio.


Men's Basketball Continues Road Trip Sunday at Ohio

Valparaiso looks to get back on the winning track Sunday afternoon as it heads to Athens, Ohio to take on the Bobcats of Ohio University. The game is the first of four that the Crusaders will play as part of the Ohio Classic.


Crusaders Ink Pair of Canadian Guards to NLIs

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced Thursday that a pair of Canadian guards, Max Joseph and Tevonn Walker, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2014-15 season. Joseph and Walker's signing was featured in a segment Wednesday evening on CTV Montreal, Montreal's most popular English-language television newscast.


Crusaders Fall at Illinois Wednesday Night

The Valparaiso men's basketball team sliced a double-digit second-half deficit to just two points and were within one possession with less than five minutes to play, but Illinois scored 13 of the next 14 points to pull away late, as the Crusaders fell 64-52 Wednesday evening at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.


Four Teams Honored at Championship Night

In addition to raising the basketball banners, director of athletics Mark LaBarbera presented rings to the baseball, softball, and men's golf Championship teams from 2012-2013 at the season opener versus Murray State.


Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show

The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talks with men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew on the first Valpo Basketball Preview show of the year, looking back at the first two wins of the season before looking ahead to tough tests this week at Illinois and Ohio.


Crusader Men Set for Showdown With Illini Wednesday

Valparaiso hits the road for the first time in the 2013-14 season, starting out a three-game road trip at Illinois on Wednesday evening. The Crusaders are looking to open the season with three straight wins for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. The 6:30 p.m. tipoff can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network.


The Reverend Returns to Sacred Grounds Wednesday

Now an assistant coach at Valparaiso, Roger Powell Jr. returns to Champaign Wednesday where he helped the Fighting Illini make history nine seasons ago. See what Powell Jr. had to say about his bittersweet return to Illinois, the evolution of his spiritual life, and his future in coaching.


Peters Claims League Weekly Honor

Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week following his first weekend of collegiate play.


Crusaders Roll to Victory Over North Park Sunday

A balanced effort from all 11 active players on the Valparaiso men's basketball team led to the fourth-largest win in program history Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as the Crusaders defeated North Park by a 113-50 final.


Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - North Park

See what head coach Bryce Drew and players LaVonte Dority, Clay Yeo and Nick Davidson had to say in the postgame press conference following Valparaiso's victory Sunday over North Park.


Crusader Men Host North Park Sunday Afternoon

Valparaiso looks to make it two consecutive home wins to open the 2013-14 campaign as the Crusaders host North Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The game is the last home contest before Valpo goes on the road for its next three games.


Men's Basketball Opens Season With Win Over Murray State

Prior to Friday night's regular season opener against Murray State, the Valparaiso men's basketball program unveiled Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament banners commemorating last year's squad. Then this year's team took over, taking its first step toward defending the title with a 77-74 victory over the Racers at the ARC.


Crusaders Set to Open Regular Season Friday

Valparaiso opens the 2013-14 season on Friday night as the Crusaders welcome Murray State to the ARC for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Prior to the game, the Crusaders will unveil their Horizon League champions and NCAA Tournament banners and raise them to the rafters, forever commemorating last year’s championship squad.


Come Celebrate Championship Night at the ARC Friday

Help celebrate Championship Night at the ARC Friday evening, as Valparaiso honors its four Horizon League Championship squads from last season at the season-opening men's basketball game against Murray State, slated for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.


Crusader Men Close Out Exhibition Play With Victory

Facing an up-tempo style of play from Robert Morris (Ill.), the Valparaiso men's basketball team led nearly start-to-finish Saturday night at the ARC in claiming a 90-82 victory in its final exhibition game prior to the start of the 2013-14 regular season.


LaVonte Dority: Valpo is Family

The Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year last year, LaVonte Dority will be one of the leaders for the Valparaiso men's basketball team this season. In this video feature, see how his family, his friends, and his "second family" - his teammates and coaches at Valpo - have prepared him for this opportunity.


Crusaders Open Exhibition Season With Victory

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team opened exhibition play for the 2013-14 season with a 69-60 victory over Hillsdale College Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


What You Need to Know - Valpo Men's Basketball

With the first exhibition game just over 24 hours away for the Valparaiso men's basketball team, read up about what to expect from the Crusaders heading into the 2013-14 season. Saturday's exhibition game against Hillsdale (7:05 p.m. tipoff) will be broadcast by WVUR, with the broadcast also carried at ValpoAthletics.com.


#GoValpo

With basketball season right around the corner, Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew took some time out to visit some local businesses and hand-deliver Go Valpo signs.


Preseason Activities Preview Basketball Season

The Valparaiso men's and women's basketball programs provided season ticket holders and students a sneak peek into what to expect from their teams in the upcoming season at a pair of events held over the past week at the ARC.


Valpo Men Tabbed Sixth in HL Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League during the 2013-2014 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and select media members. The Crusaders are two-time defending Horizon League regular season champions and captured the league tournament title last season.


Crusader Men's Basketball Summer Roundup

Everywhere you turned at the various FIBA continental championships this summer, it seemed like you could run into a player with Valparaiso ties, as eight current and former Crusaders represented six different countries at four of the five continental championships. In addition, a pair of seniors from last year's Horizon League championship team inked deals to continue playing basketball professionally in Europe.


David Chadwick Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

On this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics, we catch up with men's basketball redshirt junior David Chadwick, who is eligible to play this season for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Announce 2013-2014 Men's Basketball Schedule

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced his squad's schedule for the 2013-2014 campaign on Tuesday, a slate which includes nine non-league games against 20-win teams from a season ago, and 18 games in all against teams which went to the postseason last year. Check out Drew's thoughts on the schedule in the attached video.


Crusaders to Make Six Broadcast Appearances During HL Campaign

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will host a pair of home games live on ESPNU and also host an HLN Game of the Week this season, highlighting six total broadcasts of Crusader men’s basketball during the 2013-2014 Horizon League schedule.


Moussa Gueye Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

On this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics, we catch up with men's basketball fifth-year senior Moussa Gueye, a native of Senegal who joins the Crusader program this year after transferring from Alabama.


Keith Carter Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

This week, Inside Valpo Athletics catches up with sophomore men's basketball player Keith Carter.


Matt Lottich Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

Hear from new Valparaiso men's basketball assistant coach Matt Lottich on this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics!


Lottich Joins Valpo Basketball Coaching Staff

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that former Stanford standout Matt Lottich has joined the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach. Lottich brings nearly a decade of professional playing experience to Valpo's bench.


Jordan Coleman Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

Catch up with the Valparaiso men's basketball 2013-2014 senior class on Inside Valpo Athletics. A new video with one of the Crusader seniors will be released each Thursday - today's video featuring senior guard Jordan Coleman.


Crusader Men's Basketball Seniors Join Inside Valpo Athletics

Catch up with the Valparaiso men's basketball 2013-2014 senior class on Inside Valpo Athletics. A new video with one of the Crusader seniors will be released each Thursday, starting off today with senior guard LaVonte Dority.


Trio of Crusader Players to Take Trips With AIA Squads in August

Three Valparaiso men's basketball players will be making trips with Athletes in Action teams this August. Senior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) and juniors David Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy [Rice]) and Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) will all be traveling overseas, while Crusader assistant coach Roger Powell Jr. will serve as head coach for one of the teams as well.


Nickerson Joins Crusader Men's Basketball Program

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that E. Victor Nickerson, a 6'7" swingman from Atlanta, Ga., will join the Crusader program. Nickerson, who played for two seasons at Charlotte, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014-15 campaign.


Broekhoff Helps Australia Capture Silver at World University Games

Former Valparaiso men's basketball star Ryan Broekhoff continued his play at the highest levels internationally for his native Australia over the past couple weeks, helping the Emerging Boomers to the silver medal at the 27th World University Games in Kazan, Russia, Australia's first-ever medal in men's basketball at the competition.


Five Crusaders Named to NABC Honors Court

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team placed five players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2012-2013 Honors Court, as announced by the organization today. The Crusaders’ five players were the most honored from any Horizon League school.


Diebler Departs Crusader Coaching Staff

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Jake Diebler has stepped down from his position as assistant coach for the Crusaders in order to take a job as video coordinator with the Ohio State men's basketball program.


Crusaders Announce Addition of Gueye for 2013-2014 Season

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that 7-0 center Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/Alabama/Lake Land [Ill.] College) will join the Crusader program for the 2013-2014 season. Gueye graduated from Alabama this spring and will be immediately eligible at Valpo for his final season of eligibility.


Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso’s men’s basketball team will be hosting three basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.


Nine Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Recognition

Valparaiso placed nine student-athletes over six sports on the Horizon League's 2012-13 Winter Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office today.


Broekhoff Heading to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Valparaiso forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) is one of 64 collegiate seniors who will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament next week, in front of scouts from every NBA team and numerous international leagues.


Broekhoff, Van Wijk Garner All-District Accolades

For the second straight year, Valparaiso seniors Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) have earned All-District 12 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Broekhoff was a First Team selection this season after earning Second Team accolades last year, while Van Wijk repeated as a Second Team honoree.


Broekhoff Named to Lou Henson All-America Team

Valparaiso senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was one of 25 players named to the Lou Henson All-America Team, as announced by CollegeInsider.com on Monday. The team honors the nation's best mid-major players.


Crusaders’ Season Ends in NCAA Tournament

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team was even with third-seeded Michigan State through nearly nine minutes of their Second Round game in the Midwest Region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich., but the Spartans went on a 24-4 run to pull away as the Crusaders eventually fell by a final score of 65-54. The loss ends the Crusaders’ season at 26-8 and ends the careers of six Valpo seniors.


Crusaders' Journey Continues With Press Conference, Open Practice Wednesday

Valparaiso's journey at the 2013 NCAA Tournament kicks into high gear on Wednesday, as the Crusaders participate in the traditional pre-tournament press conference and open practice.


Valparaiso Game Notes - 2013 NCAA Tournament vs. Michigan State

Valparaiso makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004, as the Crusaders are the 14th seed in the Midwest Region and will face third-seeded Michigan State Thursday at 11:15 a.m. CT in Auburn Hills, Mich. The game will be televised live nationwide on CBS and is the first game of the Second Round to tip off.


Crusaders to Depart for NCAA Tournament at 11:45 Tuesday Morning

Join the send-off from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday morning, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team departs for Auburn Hills and the 2013 NCAA Tournament at 11:45 a.m! All are invited to help wish the Crusaders luck as they prepare to take on Michigan State Thursday morning at 11:15 a.m., live on CBS.


Buy Your Tickets Today for the NCAA Tournament

Fans can buy tickets to follow the Crusader men's basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in Auburn Hills today by calling the Valparaiso University Ticket Office at 219-464-6161 through 6 p.m. this evening. Students can buy tickets today at the Harre Union through 5 p.m.


Crusaders, Spartans to Face Off at 11:15AM CT Thursday on CBS

Valparaiso and Michigan State will be the first game of the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament to tip off, as tip time from Auburn Hills is set for 12:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. CT on Thursday. The game will be broadcast live in its entirety on CBS, with Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery and Rachel Nichols on the call.


Crusaders Head to Auburn Hills as 14 Seed to Face Michigan State

The Valparaiso men's basketball team drew the No. 14 seed in the Midwest Region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will face No. 3 seed Michigan State in Second Round action at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. on Thursday.


Selection Show Viewing Party Information

Congratulations to our Valparaiso Crusaders on their Horizon League Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament! Registration has reached capacity and is closed for the viewing party in the Harre Union ballrooms, but if you didn't get a chance to register, come join the festivities in Founders on Sunday evening as the Crusaders find out their destination and opponent for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


Buggs' Journey One of Highs and Lows

Senior Erik Buggs has been through rough times during his five years at Valpo, but has persevered to help return the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament.


Valparaiso Men's Basketball - Back to the Dance After Winning HL Tournament

The Valparaiso men's basketball team is going back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 after completing a thrilling 62-54 victory over Wright State to earn the Horizon League tournament championship at the ARC Tuesday night.


Crusaders Prepare For Tuesday Title Showdown With Wright State

40 minutes stand between the Valparaiso men’s basketball team and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2004. In the way for the Horizon League Championship title game are the third-seeded Wright State Raiders, who the Crusaders will face Tuesday night at the ARC at 8 p.m. in front of a nationwide audience on ESPN.


Tickets Available Now For Title Game

Tickets are available for Tuesday night's Horizon League Championship title game between Valparaiso and Wright State, set for an 8 p.m. tip at the ARC. Fans can buy tickets by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/, calling 219-464-5233 or visiting the ticket office (located in the main lobby of the ARC), which will be open Sunday noon-7pm, Monday 10am through the women's game, and Tuesday 10am through game time.


Broekhoff Buzzer-Beater Sends Valpo Into Horizon League Title Game

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) drained a 3-pointer from the right wing with a hand in his face as time expired Saturday night, lifting top-seeded Valparaiso to a 70-69 victory over fourth-seeded Green Bay at the ARC in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship. The win sends the Crusaders to the title game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the ARC against third-seeded Wright State.


Valpo to Face Green Bay in Saturday Semi

The Valparaiso men's basketball team will face fourth-seeded Green Bay in Saturday's second semifinal of the 2013 Horizon League Championship, following the Phoenix's 64-63 victory over UIC Friday evening. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.


Crusaders Begin Quest For Crown In Saturday Semifinal

For the second straight season, Valparaiso finds itself hosting the Horizon League Championship at the ARC, needing to win just two games to claim the tournament title. This year’s quest for the crown starts Saturday evening in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday night’s second-round game between Green Bay and UIC. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.


Bracket, Ticket Information for 2013 Horizon League Championship

The bracket has been set for the 2013 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship, with Valparaiso earning the #1 seed as the league's regular season champion. Tickets are on sale now for Friday's second-round action and Saturday's semifinals at the ARC.


Four Crusaders Earn Horizon League Postseason Honors

Four members of the Horizon League regular season champion Valparaiso Crusaders were honored Monday as the league announced its postseason awards. Ryan Broekhoff repeated as a First Team All-League selection, while Kevin Van Wijk was a Second Team All-League pick. LaVonte Dority was tabbed the Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, and Erik Buggs earned a spot on the league's All-Defensive Team.


Capobianco Takes Final Newcomer of the Week Honor

Valparaiso redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) has been named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season after enjoying a near-perfect week from the field in a pair of Crusader wins.


Valpo Claims Outright Horizon League Regular Season Title

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team left no doubt as how many squads could claim the Horizon League regular season title, winning the outright championship with a dominant performance in a 75-56 victory at Green Bay Saturday afternoon.


Valpo Set to Close Out Regular Season at Green Bay

Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, as well as the top seed and hosting rights for the upcoming Horizon League Championship, Valparaiso looks to end the regular season on a high note Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Green Bay for a 2 p.m. tip, live on ESPNU.


Crusaders Down YSU; Clinch Second Consecutive HL Regular Season Crown

A spirited second-half comeback helped the Valparaiso men’s basketball team overcome a seven-point halftime deficit as the Crusaders defeated Youngstown State, 73-64, on Senior Night Tuesday evening at the ARC. With the win, Valpo secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the second straight year. The Crusaders also clinched the #1 seed for the upcoming Horizon League tournament, and with it, hosting rights for the league’s championship event.


Valpo Hosts Youngstown State Tuesday on Senior Night

For a group of six seniors taking to the court of the ARC for the final time in the regular season as Crusaders on Tuesday evening, you could not ask for anything more - the chance to clinch a second consecutive Horizon League regular season championship for Valparaiso on Senior Night against Youngstown State.


Broekhoff Named Finalist for Lou Henson Award

Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was named Monday as one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, which honors the top mid-major player in college basketball. Fans can participate in the fan vote, which accounts for one-third of the final vote, by visiting VoteLouHenson.com.


Hot-Shooting Crusaders Earn BracketBusters Victory

The Valparaiso men's basketball team enjoyed its best shooting performance in over 15 years on Saturday afternoon, cruising to an 82-60 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the ARC in front of a national television audience on ESPNU as part of the Ramada BracketBusters series.


Valpo Hosts Eastern Kentucky in BracketBusters Action

For the third consecutive year, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team will take part in a nationally televised game as part of the ESPN Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event, hosting Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at noon, live on ESPNU.


Crusaders Return to Winning Ways With Victory at Loyola

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team led Loyola by 15 points at the halftime Tuesday night in Chicago, Ill., and after the Ramblers had rallied to tie the game in the second half, the Crusaders scored on 11 straight possessions as Valpo downed Loyola by a final score of 85-76. With the win, the Crusaders clinch at least the third seed and a first-round bye in the Horizon League Championship.


Crusader Men Return to Action Tuesday at Loyola

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Tuesday evening as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to face Loyola at 7 p.m. Valpo maintains a half-game lead in the Horizon League standings with three league contests remaining. And, if you haven't seen it yet, check out the attached video to see the Valparaizone doing the Harlem Shake at last Saturday's game!


Crusaders Fall to Detroit Saturday Evening

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team led Detroit by 15 points with less than nine minutes remaining in front of a sellout crowd at the ARC and a national television audience on ESPN2 on Saturday evening, but the Titans scored 19 consecutive points to take the lead as the Crusaders eventually fell by a final of 84-74.


Valpo Set to Host Detroit as Part of Rivalry Week

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team takes aim at securing at least a share of the Horizon League title on Saturday afternoon as Detroit comes to the ARC for a 5 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 as part of ESPN’s Rivalry Week. The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be honored at halftime of the game.


Crusaders Reach 20 Wins With Victory at Wright State

Seniors Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) combined for 25 of Valparaiso’s 34 second-half points as the Crusaders never trailed in a tight 68-61 road win at Wright State Tuesday evening in Horizon League play.


Valpo Heads to Wright State For Tuesday Night Tilt

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team closes out its two-part Ohio road swing Tuesday evening as the Crusaders take on Wright State at 6 p.m. CT. Currently 1.5 games up in the league standings, Valpo faces a Raider squad which is one of the two teams tied for second place.


Broekhoff, Capobianco Honored by Horizon League

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) has been named the Horizon League men's basketball Player of the Week by the league office, while redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) has been tabbed as the league's co-Newcomer of the Week.


Valpo Leads Start-to-Finish in Win at Cleveland State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team scored the first 12 points of Saturday afternoon’s Horizon League game at Cleveland State, and its lead never dropped under six points as the Crusaders defeated the Vikings, 80-72, in front of a national television audience on ESPN2.


Crusader Men Take On CSU Saturday On ESPN2

With the stretch run of Horizon League play approaching, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to continue its recent run of form Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State. The Crusaders enter the contest against the Vikings having won eight of their last nine games, a stretch which started with Valpo’s home victory over CSU. The game can be seen live nationwide on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. CT.


Valparaizone in Semifinals of Naismith Student Section of the Year Voting

The votes are in and Valparaiso University’s student section, the Valparaizone, has advanced to the semifinal round of the second annual Naismith Student Section of the Year Award contest. As one of the top college basketball student sections in the country, Valpo is asking for fan support to help win the prestigious title. Crusader fans will now have a say in determining the most deserving student section by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award.


Long-Range Barrage Sinks Flames Tuesday Night

Valparaiso connected on a season-best 15 3-pointers in rolling to an 86-61 victory over UIC in Horizon League play on Tuesday evening at the ARC. The victory improves the Crusaders to 8-2 in league action.


Crusaders to Host Eastern Kentucky on ESPNU for BracketBusters Matchup

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will host Eastern Kentucky out of the Ohio Valley Conference as part of the Ramada BracketBusters event on ESPNU on Saturday, February 23 at noon, the Crusaders learned Monday evening.


First-Place Crusaders Host UIC Tuesday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host UIC. Valpo will be playing its 100th Horizon League game since joining the league prior to the 2007-08 season.


Crusaders Put Together Stellar All-Around Effort in Win Over Milwaukee

Valparaiso put together its best defensive performance against a Division I school in nearly 30 years in earning its largest Horizon League win since joining the league on Friday evening, downing Milwaukee by a 71-40 score in front of 4,000-plus at the ARC.


Valpo Looks to Bounce Back Friday versus Milwaukee

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC Friday evening to start off the second half of league play by hosting Milwaukee at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders start the back end of the Horizon League slate in first place.


Crusader Winning Streak Snapped at Youngstown State

Valparaiso trailed nearly start-to-finish on Wednesday evening in Youngstown, Ohio, as its six-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Youngstown State, 80-68.


Valpo Heads to YSU Wednesday Night

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team puts its season-long six-game winning streak on the line Wednesday evening as the Crusaders travel to take on Youngstown State. Valpo, which has won four straight road games, is looking to extend its best start in the program’s Division I history. The game can be seen live exclusively on ESPN3.com.


Crusaders Take Care of Business; Down Green Bay Wednesday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team never flinched down the stretch as Green Bay made a run, getting a key 3-pointer from Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) with under two minutes to play and hitting free throws down the stretch to remain in first place with a 73-61 victory over the Phoenix at the ARC Wednesday evening. With the win, the Crusaders have won six straight league games for the first time in nine years.


Valpo Men Host Green Bay Wednesday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to continue its season-long winning streak at home on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host Green Bay. Valpo, which was won five straight games, is currently tied atop the Horizon League standings nearing the midway point of the league slate. The game can be seen live exclusively on ESPN3.com. The Crusader and Phoenix coaching staff will also be wearing sneakers on the sidelines as part of awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer.


Van Wijk Earns Player of the Week Nod

Valparaiso senior forward Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of wins last week, including a career-best performance at Detroit.


Another Day, Another Comeback for First-Place Crusaders

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team scored on its final 10 possessions of Saturday night’s game at the ARC, overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final seven minutes to down Wright State, 69-63. With the come-from-behind victory in front of a raucous crowd of 4,860, the Crusaders end Saturday in sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Men Return Home to Face Wright State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to extend its season-long winning streak to five games Saturday evening as the Crusaders return home to the ARC in a battle for first place with currently unbeaten Wright State. Valpo will play four of its next five games in the friendly confines of the ARC. At halftime, Valparaiso will honor members of the 1972-73 Crusader men's team which won the Indiana Collegiate Conference championship.


Crusaders' Game at Cleveland State Chosen For ESPN2

The Valparaiso men's basketball team has been selected for another national television appearance, as the Crusaders' game at Cleveland State was chosen by ESPN as a wildcard selection to air on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. CT.


Epic Crusader Comeback Leads to Win at Detroit

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team trailed by 22 points with 17 minutes to play Thursday evening at Detroit and still trailed by 11 with three minutes remaining, but the Crusaders completed a remarkable comeback by scoring the final 12 points of the game, capped by two free throws from Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) with 17 seconds to play, as Valpo downed the Titans by an 89-88 final.


Fans Encouraged to Vote for ValparaiZone for Naismith Student Section of the Year

Valparaiso’s student section, the ValparaiZone, has been nominated as one of the top college basketball student sections in the country and is asking for fan support to help win the title. Crusader fans will have a say by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund.


Keith Carter Joins Crusader Men's Basketball Program

A strong incoming recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season got even stronger on Wednesday, as Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced that Illinois Mr. Basketball 2012 runner-up Keith Carter has transferred to Valparaiso and has enrolled in classes for the spring semester.


Crusader Men Head to Detroit Thursday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to continue its stellar play of late in front of a nationwide audience on ESPNU Thursday night, as the Crusaders travel to face Detroit at 6 p.m. CT. Valpo has won three straight games and six of its last seven contests.


Broekhoff Claims Third Player of the Week Honor of Season

Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the third time this season after leading Valpo to a pair of road victories last week, tallying double-doubles in both contests.


Broekhoff Spurs Crusaders To Third Straight Win

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) made a career-high seven 3-pointers and tallied his third straight double-double as the Valparaiso men's basketball team defeated Milwaukee, 76-52, at the Klotsche Center Saturday evening. The Crusaders have now won six of their last seven games, including three straight on the road.


Valpo MBB Heads to Milwaukee For Saturday Matinee

Winners of five of its last six games, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team continues a three-game stretch of road contests Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week.


Crusaders Take Road Win at UIC Wednesday Night

In a game of runs Wednesday night in Chicago, Ill., it was Valparaiso which came up with the biggest spurt, scoring six straight points in a 90-second stretch late to take a six-point lead, enough to propel the Crusaders to a 75-70 victory over UIC.


Valpo Men Head to Chicago to Face UIC

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team kicks off a stretch of three consecutive road games on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., making the short jaunt into Chicago to face off against UIC.


Crusaders Roll to Win Over Cleveland State

In front of a national television audience Friday night on ESPNU, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team led start to finish in a 74-50 victory over Cleveland State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo to Host Cleveland State on ESPNU Friday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to bounce back in front of a national television audience on Friday evening, as the Crusaders host Cleveland State at the ARC at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live nationwide on ESPNU.


Cold-Shooting Crusaders Drop Horizon League Opener

Valparaiso shot just 35.7% from the field on Wednesday evening at the ARC as the Crusaders fell in their Horizon League opener by a 63-54 score to Loyola.


Broekhoff Earns Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Honor

Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) is the recipient of the Lou Henson Award mid-season honor, as announced today by CollegeInsider.com. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I basketball.


Crusader Men Open Up 2013 at Home Wednesday Evening

2012 started for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team with a two-point buzzer-beating win and ended with a two-point win, with its first Horizon League regular season title in between. The Crusaders will learn what 2013 will bring starting on Wednesday evening, as they kick off Horizon League play against Loyola at the ARC.


Crusaders Down Murray State Saturday Afternoon

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team earned a 66-64 win over Murray State in Murray, Ky. in its final non-conference matchup before Horizon League play begins next week. Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Crusaders, who overcame an 11-point first-half deficit.


Valpo Men Take Trip to Murray State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team plays its final game before starting Horizon League play, traveling to take on Murray State, which advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live exclusively at ESPN3.com.


Crusaders Ease to Win Over Purdue Calumet

Valparaiso led by double figures for the last 28 minutes in cruising to a 79-51 victory over Purdue Calumet Saturday afternoon in its final game prior to Christmas. The win improves the Crusaders to a perfect 7-0 at home this season, with all seven wins coming by double figures.


Valpo Takes On Purdue Calumet in Saturday Matinee

Valparaiso plays its final game before Christmas with a special Saturday afternoon matinee from the ARC, hosting NAIA opponent Purdue Calumet at 1:35 p.m. The Crusaders are looking to extend their home winning streak to seven games.


Crusaders Remain Perfect at Home With 20-Point Win

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team remained perfect at home this season, winning its sixth straight home game as the Crusaders earned an 89-69 victory Thursday night over IUPUI at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusader Men Return Home Thursday Night

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team opens a brief two-game homestand prior to Christmas on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders host former Mid-Con rival IUPUI at the ARC.


Late Run Drops Crusaders at Oakland

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team held a nine-point lead at Oakland with under five minutes to play, but the Golden Grizzlies scored the final 11 points of the game to send the Crusaders to a 70-68 defeat Monday night in Rochester, Mich.


Dority Earns Horizon League Weekly Honor

Valparaiso junior guard LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) has been named the Horizon League co-Newcomer of the Week today after his stellar debut for the Crusaders on Saturday.


Valpo Faces Quick Turnaround at Oakland Monday

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has a quick turnaround, playing its second road game in a three-day span on Monday evening at former Mid-Con rival Oakland. The Crusaders are looking for their second straight road win following Saturday night’s win at Missouri State.


Crusaders Claim Road Win at Missouri State

Junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) was stellar in his Crusader debut Saturday night, pouring in a game-high 20 points as Valparaiso led nearly the entire second half in a 62-54 victory over Missouri State in Springfield, Mo.


Crusader Men Hit Road to Missouri State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team kicks off a stretch of four games in an eight-day span prior to the Christmas holiday on Saturday night, as the Crusaders travel to Springfield, Mo. to face Missouri State. The game is the return engagement from the 2011 BracketBusters contest which saw Valpo down the Bears in front of a national audience on ESPN2.


Bryce Drew's Shot Named One of the Top 35 All-Time Madness Moments

The buzzer-beating 3-pointer hit by Bryce Drew in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament against fourth-seeded Ole Miss, which lifted 13th-seeded Valparaiso to a 70-69 victory over the Rebels, has been named one of the Top 35 All-Time Madness Moments by the NCAA as part of the season-long celebration of 75 Years of March Madness.


Broekhoff Picks Up Second Weekly Honor of Season

Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) has picked up his second Player of the Week award from the Horizon League office after posting a pair of stellar performances last week.


Crusaders Fall to Top-20 New Mexico Squad

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored a game-high 24 points Saturday evening at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., but 23 turnovers were too much for Valparaiso to overcome as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 65-52 to #18/20 New Mexico.


Valpo Takes On #18/20 New Mexico Saturday Night

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team faces a ranked opponent for the first time this season as the Crusaders fly out to Albuquerque to take on #18/20 New Mexico Saturday evening. The game can be seen live on Root Sports Rocky Mountain (DirecTV - 683; Dish - 414).


Crusaders Prevail Over IPFW Wednesday Night

Valparaiso held IPFW to just three points over an 11-plus minute stretch of the second half, a stretch in which the Crusaders pushed its advantage into double figures as Valpo went on to a 63-52 victory over the Mastodons Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Watch the latest Valpo Coaches Show with Men's Basketball Assistant Luke Gore

Valparaiso men's basketball assistant coach Luke Gore sits down on the latest edition of the Valpo Coaches Show, talking about the season to date, looking ahead over the rest of the non-league season and looking to the future and the five Crusader signees.


Crusader Men Return Home to Host IPFW Wednesday

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC Wednesday evening to take on IPFW at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders are looking for their fifth consecutive home win to open the 2012-2013 season.


Valpo Falls Sunday Afternoon at Saint Louis

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team shot just better than 32 percent from the field Sunday afternoon in losing its second game of the season, falling 62-49 on the road against the Saint Louis Billikens at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. The loss snapped Valpo’s three-game winning streak.


Crusaders Travel to Saint Louis For Sunday Afternoon Test

The Valparaiso men's basketball team kicks off a stretch in which it will play four out of five games away from home on Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders take on Saint Louis in an effort to improve to 6-1 on the year. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Midwest.


Broekhoff Named HL co-Player of the Week

Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) has been named the Horizon League co-Player of the Week following a pair of stellar performances last weekend, including a career-high effort on Saturday.


Broekhoff Career High Spurs Crusaders to Saturday Win

Valparaiso senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored 26 of his career-high 30 points in the first half as the Crusaders ran out to a 20-3 lead en route to a 77-64 victory Saturday night at the ARC over Bethune-Cookman. With the win, the Crusaders claimed the trophy for winning the Valparaiso Division of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.


Crusaders Use Surges to Put Away Chicago State

The Valparaiso men's basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game against Chicago State Friday evening to ensure it would lead the entire way, and then slammed the door on the Cougars with a 16-0 second-half run as the Crusaders earned a 67-46 win at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo will now take on Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night at the ARC in the finale of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.


Valpo Men's Basketball Signs Peters to Round Out Recruiting Class

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period and will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2013-2014 season. Peters joins the four signees announced last week - Jubril Adekoya, Nick Davidson, Lexus Williams and Clay Yeo.


Valpo Hosts Pod of Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic This Weekend

Valparaiso hosts a four-team pod to close out the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders will take on Chicago State Friday at 7 p.m., with Bethune-Cookman and Nebraska-Omaha meeting at 4:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the losers of Friday’s games will match up at 4:30 p.m. and the winners will meet for the title at 7 p.m.


Crusader Men Earn OT Victory at Kent State

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team earned their first road win of the season with a thrilling 88-83 overtime win Sunday afternoon against Kent State in Kent, Ohio. Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) tipped in a missed free throw with one second remaining to tie the game 75-75 and force an extra session.


Valpo Continues Classic Play at Kent State

Valparaiso continues play in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic on Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders play their second straight road game at Kent State.


Crusader Rally Falls Short at Nebraska

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 14 points before falling 50-48 against Nebraska at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday night. Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) paced the Crusaders’ furious comeback bid, posting 20 points and six rebounds.


Crusader Men Land Four NLIs

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has inked four players to National Letters of Intent since the start of the early signing period on Wednesday, head coach Bryce Drew announced Thursday afternoon. Jubril Adekoya, Nick Davidson, Lexus Williams and Clay Yeo have all signed on the dotted line and will join the Crusaders as freshmen in the fall of 2013. The early signing period runs through Wednesday, November 21.


Valpo Men Look For 3-0 Start Thursday at Nebraska

Valparaiso takes aim at a 3-0 start on Thursday evening as the Crusaders travel to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. The game can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. CT.


Crusaders Open Tuesday Morning With Victory Over NIU

The nation woke up to a Valparaiso men's basketball victory on Tuesday morning, as the Crusaders started the second half on a 21-5 run to put away Northern Illinois, 69-46. The game, which tipped off just after 7 a.m., was the fifth game of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and was broadcast live on ESPN.


Valpo Men Set For 7am Tip on ESPN

Valparaiso takes part in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon for the first time as the Crusaders host Northern Illinois at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, live on ESPN. The tip time will be the earliest a Crusader game has ever tipped off at the ARC. There will be a pancake breakfast in Hilltop Gym starting at 6 a.m. - free for students, $5 for the general public.


Crusader Men Cruise to Season-Opening Win Friday Night

The Valparaiso men's basketball team led 17-2 six minutes into Friday night's season opener at the ARC against Georgia Southern, and left no doubt from there, cruising to an 85-54 victory over the Eagles.


Crusaders Set For Season Opener With Georgia Southern

Valparaiso opens the 2012-2013 regular season at home Friday night against Georgia Southern at 7:30 p.m., the back end of a doubleheader with the Crusader women’s team. Fans are encouraged to wear white to help “White Out” the ARC on Friday evening.


Watch the Latest Valpo Coaches Show With Bryce Drew

Check out the latest Valpo Coaches Show, as men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down to talk about the Crusaders' exhibition wins and looks ahead to the start of the regular season.


Crusaders Use Second-Half Surge to Down Robert Morris

Valparaiso used a 20-3 run to start the second half to defeat Robert Morris (Ill.), which entered the game ranked fourth in the nation among NAIA schools, by a final of 92-64 on Saturday evening at the ARC in exhibition action. The game was the second of Valpo's two exhibition contests.


Crusaders Cruise to Exhibition Win Over Saint Joseph’s

Valparaiso led by double figures for the last 30 minutes and shot better than 55% from the floor as the Crusaders opened exhibition play with a 90-62 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center over Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).


Men's Basketball Season Preview with Bryce Drew!

With the first exhibition game right about the corner, Crusader men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down for a season preview on a special edition of the Valpo Coaches Show!


Kurth Deemed Medically Unable to Compete

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Tommy Kurth (Osceola, Ind./Penn) has been deemed medically unable to compete and will no longer be able to play for the Crusaders. Kurth will remain on scholarship to complete his degree from Valparaiso, but will not count against the program’s scholarship limit.


Crusaders Picked to Win Horizon League; Broekhoff, Van Wijk First Team Selections

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to win the Horizon League title in 2012-2013, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches, SIDs and media. In addition, seniors Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk were both chosen to the Preseason First Team All-League.


Crusaders to Make At Least Eight ESPN Appearances During HL Play

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will make at least eight appearances across ESPN platforms during the 2013 Horizon League schedule and could be featured up to nine times, as the league announced its full schedule of games on the Worldwide Leader’s networks Thursday.


Valpo Athletics Launches New Social Media Fan Engagement Program

Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!


Valpo Men’s Basketball Releases Full Schedule; Season Tickets Available

Three games against teams which finished last season among the nation’s top-30 in RPI highlight the Valparaiso men’s basketball schedule for the 2012-2013 season, as released Friday afternoon. The Crusaders return their entire starting lineup from last year’s squad, which captured the Horizon League regular season championship. In addition, season tickets are on sale now for Valpo’s 18-game home slate at the ARC, with discounted season tickets available for faculty, staff and recent alumni.


Valpo to Host Detroit on ESPN2 as Part of 2013 Horizon League Schedule

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will host Detroit live on ESPN2 on Saturday, February 16 as part of ‘Rivalry Week’, highlighting the 16-game Horizon League slate for the Crusaders as released by the league office Thursday morning.


Having a Ball: Five Men’s Basketball Players Take Charge on their Summer

Covering both coasts of the United States, three countries, and an additional two continents, Ryan Broekhoff, Will Bogan, Bobby Capobianco, Vashil Fernandez, and Tommy Kurth have had busy summers. By representing themselves at an internship, or representing their country abroad, these five players made lifetime memories both on and off the court.


Crusaders Hosting Game as Part of ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will host Northern Illinois at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 a.m. (CT) on ESPN as part of the fifth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour marathon of basketball over the ESPN family of networks which celebrates the opening of the college basketball season.


Four Crusaders Named to NABC Honors Court

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team placed four players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2011-2012 Honors Court, as announced by the organization this afternoon. The Crusaders’ four players were the most honored from any Horizon League school.


Fernandez Makes Senior International Debut in 2012 Centrobasket

Continuing the tradition of Valparaiso men’s basketball players representing their native countries at the highest level, current Crusader Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) made his senior debut for the Jamaican national team on Tuesday evening against the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2012 FIBA Men’s Central American and Caribbean Basketball Championship (Centrobasket).


Broekhoff Invited to Boomers Melbourne Camp for Farewell Series

Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) will continue to showcase his skills for the Australian Boomers, as he has been one of 14 players invited to the Melbourne training camp for the Farewell Series against Greece, a three-game set next week. Broekhoff is still in contention for a spot on the 12-player team which will represent Australia in the 2012 Olympic Games.


Broekhoff, Australia to Face China in the YouYi Games

Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was one of 12 Australian players to be named to the Boomers squad which will face China in the YouYi Games series, set to tip off in Perth Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. local time (1 a.m. Saturday Central time).


Capobianco on Trip to East Asia With U.S. Eagles

Valparaiso forward Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) is one of 10 players currently on tour with the U.S. Eagles Men’s Basketball Team, traveling in East Asia to compete with high-level and professional teams in several large cities.


Broekhoff Named to Australian Boomers, Will Vie for Spot on Olympic Team

Valparaiso junior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) is one of 25 players on the 2012 Australian Boomers basketball squad, as named earlier this week by Basketball Australia. With his selection, Broekhoff will have a chance to earn a spot on Australia’s team for the 2012 Olympic Games, as the 12-player Olympic roster will be comprised of players from the Boomers squad.


Rossi to Join Valparaiso Men’s Basketball Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Alex Rossi, a 6’6” guard from Winnetka, Ill., has committed to join the Crusader program. Rossi comes to Valpo after spending the last two years at the University of California.


Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso’s men’s basketball team will be hosting three basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.


Chadwick to Join Valpo Men's Basketball Program

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that David Chadwick has committed to join the Crusader program. Chadwick, who played for two seasons at Rice, will sit out the 2012-2013 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2013-2014 campaign.


Harris to Transfer From Crusader Men’s Basketball Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that sophomore guard Jay Harris has been granted a release from his commitment to the Crusader men’s basketball program and will be transferring.


Crusaders Announce Addition of Two Transfer Guards

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that two transfer guards have committed to join the Crusader men’s basketball program for the 2012-2013 season. LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Edwin G. Foreman) played one and a half seasons at the University of South Florida, while Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas) began his collegiate career at the University of Hawai’i and spent last season playing at Southwestern Illinois College.


Dr. Homer Drew Receives Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award

Former Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Dr. Homer Drew was honored as the recipient of the 2012 Coach John Wooden “Keys to Life” Award at the annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast Saturday morning in New Orleans.


Bryce Drew Agrees to Contract Extension With Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Crusader men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to continue his tenure as head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program.


Edwards, Vucic to Transfer From Crusader Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Hrvoje Vucic has asked for and been granted a release from his commitment to the Valpo basketball program, and that Richie Edwards has been granted a release from his commitment for family reasons. Both players will be transferring.


Broekhoff Named AP Honorable Mention All-American

Valparaiso junior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Monday. Broekhoff becomes just the fourth Crusader in Valpo’s Division I era to earn All-American honors on the hardwood.


Short-Handed Crusaders Fall in First Round of NIT

Playing its first-round NIT game with just a six-man rotation, seventh-seeded Valparaiso played right with second-seeded Miami for 36 minutes before the Hurricanes closed out the game with 12 straight points, as the Crusaders fell 66-50 Wednesday evening in Coral Gables, Fla. Valpo’s season ends with a 22-12 overall record and the program’s first Horizon League regular season championship.


Valpo Ready for NIT First Round at Miami

Valparaiso takes to the postseason for the 11th time in the last 17 seasons, as the Crusaders travel to Coral Gables, Fla. as a seventh seed in the 2012 National Invitation Tournament to take on second-seeded Miami out of the ACC. It marks Valpo’s second all-time appearance in the postseason NIT, as the Crusaders also earned an NIT berth in 2003. The game can be seen live Wednesday night at 6:30pm CDT on ESPNU.


Crusader Men to Take On Miami In First Round of 2012 NIT

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team earned an automatic bid into the 2012 National Invitation Tournament by virtue of winning the Horizon League regular-season championship, and learned Sunday evening that it would be a seventh-seed, traveling to face second-seeded Miami (Fla.) on Wednesday evening, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. CDT live on ESPNU.


Crusaders Fall in HL Title Game to Detroit

Valparaiso led by three at the half in the 2012 Horizon League Championship title game Tuesday evening at the ARC, but Detroit out-scored the Crusaders 46-23 over the final 20 minutes as Valpo fell by a 70-50 final. Despite the loss, Valpo’s season will continue, as the Crusaders earn an automatic berth into the NIT by virtue of being regular season league champions.


Crusaders Set For Title Game Against Detroit

40 minutes stand in between Valparaiso and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, as the Crusaders host Detroit at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday evening in the Horizon League Championship title game. The winner of Tuesday’s game, which will be televised live nationally on ESPN, will earn the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.


Ticket Information for Tuesday's HL Title Game

Tickets are available now as Valparaiso will host the 2012 Horizon League Championship title game on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. CST at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Detroit.


Crusaders Down Butler, Advance to HL Title Game

Valparaiso stands just 40 minutes away from returning to the NCAA Tournament after its second victory over Butler at the ARC in eight days, downing the Bulldogs 65-46 in front of a frenzied crowd Saturday evening in the second of two Horizon League Championship semifinals. Valpo will take on Detroit at the ARC on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN in the league title game, with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance.


Valpo to Host Butler in HL Semifinal Action

As the top seed for the 2012 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, Valparaiso will host fifth-seeded Butler at the ARC Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs advanced to Saturday’s semifinals after defeating fourth-seeded Milwaukee on Friday night, 71-49.


Valpo Returns to Action Saturday in HL Semifinal

As the 2011-2012 Horizon League regular season champion, Valparaiso earned hosting rights for the Men’s Basketball Championship and the double bye to Saturday’s semifinals. The Crusaders will face off against either fourth-seeded Milwaukee or fifth-seeded Butler Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., live on ESPNU. The ARC will host a pair of second-round games on Friday evening (5:00, 7:30) and the two semifinals on Saturday evening, and will also host the title game Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. with a win on Saturday.


Broekhoff Named HL Player of the Year; Drew Coach of the Year

Valparaiso claimed a pair of the Horizon League’s major postseason awards on Monday, as junior forward Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was named the league’s Player of the Year and first-year head coach Bryce Drew was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year. In addition, junior forward Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) joined Broekhoff on the All-League First Team.


Ticket Info For 2012 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship

Tickets are on sale online now for the 2012 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship at the ARC. at 8 a.m. next Monday, Feb. 27.


Crusaders Cap Regular Season With Coast-to-Coast Win Over Butler

Valparaiso put an emphatic end to a championship regular season on Friday evening, leading wire-to-wire in a 71-59 victory over Butler. The victory came on Senior Night in front of a sellout crowd of 5,237 and in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.


Crusaders Close Out Regular Season Friday Versus Butler

Having clinched the outright Horizon League regular season title, as well as the #1 seed and hosting rights for the upcoming Horizon League Championship, with a win this past Tuesday over Loyola, the Crusaders celebrate Senior Night Friday evening as they host a nationally-televised game against Butler on ESPNU at 6 p.m in their final regular season game of the 2011-2012 season. The Crusaders' 1961-1962 NCAA Tournament team, which advanced to the final eight, will be honored at halftime.


Valpo Men’s Basketball Wins Horizon League Regular Season Championship

It took five minutes longer than Crusader fans might have liked, but in the end, the wait was worth it, as the Valparaiso men’s basketball team captured the 2011-2012 Horizon League Men’s Basketball regular season title on Tuesday evening with a 66-62 overtime victory over Loyola at the ARC.


Valpo Looks to Clinch HL Title, #1 Seed on Tuesday

Valparaiso looks to clinch at least a share of its first Horizon League men’s basketball regular season championship and earn the #1 seed for the upcoming league tournament on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders welcome Loyola to the ARC. The Crusaders are also in search of their 20th victory this season as well. The game can be seen locally on Lakeshore Public Television.


Crusaders Drop BracketBusters Matchup at Loyola Marymount

Junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored 16 points on Friday evening, the 15th of which made him the 31st player in Crusader basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, but it was not enough as Valparaiso fell to Loyola Marymount, 61-53, in the Sears BracketBusters X event in Los Angeles, Calif.


1961-62 Valpo Men’s Basketball Team to Be Honored at Halftime of Butler Game

While this year’s Valparaiso men’s basketball team is looking to make history next week as it takes aim at its first Horizon League championship, the Crusaders will also take time to honor a special team from their past. Valpo will honor the 1961-1962 men’s basketball team, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of becoming the first team in program history to make the NCAA postseason, ultimately advancing to the national quarterfinals, at halftime of the Butler game next Friday, Feb. 24.


Valpo Heads West For BracketBusters Game At Loyola Marymount

Valparaiso takes its final step outside of league play during the regular season on Friday evening, as the Crusaders fly to Los Angeles to face off against Loyola Marymount as part of the Sears BracketBusters X series. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST Friday night, and the game will be televised live on ESPNU, the second consecutive year Valpo has been chosen for a televised BracketBusters appearance.


Long-Range Barrage Keeps Crusaders Atop Horizon

Valparaiso hit eight of its nine 3-point attempts in the second half, including triples on three straight possessions in the closing minutes to claim the lead for good, in a 74-65 victory over UIC Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Comes Home Tuesday to Face UIC

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC in first place and will close out the Horizon League slate with a trio of home games, starting with a matchup against UIC Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m.


Crusaders Drop Road Contest at YSU Saturday

A 16-0 first-half run by Youngstown State proved to be too much for Valparaiso to overcome on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders dropped a 71-53 decision in Horizon League play to the Penguins.


Valpo Men Look to Maintain Top Spot Saturday at YSU

First-place Valparaiso closes out its Horizon League road schedule on Saturday evening as the Crusaders look to stay atop the league standings with a showdown at Youngstown State. The Crusaders have won 14 straight meetings with the Penguins, including 10 consecutive since joining the Horizon League.


No-Doubt Victory Puts Crusaders in First Place

Playing on the road in a first-place showdown Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio, Valparaiso surrendered the first point of the game to Cleveland State. Valpo then scored 17 straight over the next eight minutes to seize control for good, and the lead never dropped into single digits the rest of the way, as the Crusaders came out of the Wolstein Center with a 59-41 victory and atop the Horizon League standings.


Single-Game Tickets For Butler On Sale Now

Single-game tickets for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team’s regular-season finale at the ARC at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 24 against Butler are available now through the Valparaiso University Ticket Office.


Valpo Heads to Cleveland State For First-Place Showdown

In what looks to be the biggest game of the year up to this point, Valparaiso travels to Cleveland State on Thursday evening in a matchup for first place in the league standings. The Crusaders enter having won seven of their last eight games, while the Vikings have won eight of their last nine.


Hot Shooting Leads Crusaders to Win Over Wright State

Valparaiso shot a blistering 65.6% from the floor on Saturday evening and missed just two shots from inside the 3-point line, leading nearly start-to-finish in a 63-54 Horizon League victory over Wright State in front of a raucous crowd of 4,727 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders have now won seven of their last eight contests and are currently in a virtual tie atop the league standings.


Valpo Aims For Weekend Sweep Saturday Versus Wright State

Winners of six of its last seven contests, Valparaiso looks to maintain its spot within the top-two of the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders host Wright State Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.


Broekhoff Leads Way In Come-From-Behind Win Over Detroit

For the second straight game, Valparaiso erased a double-figure second-half deficit, as a career-high 26-point performance from junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) helped lead the Crusaders to a 78-73 victory over Detroit Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Return Home to Take On Detroit

Valparaiso starts a stretch in which it will play five of its final seven Horizon League contests in the friendly confines of the ARC on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders host Detroit for a special 6:30 p.m. start time. The Crusaders enter the week just one-half game out of first place in the league table.


Tom Smith Among Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Among the winningest coaches in college basketball history, Tom Smith both played and coached at Valparaiso University, and on Saturday, February 4, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Crusaders to Take On Loyola Marymount on ESPNU in BracketBusters

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team learned Monday evening that it had earned a televised appearance in the 2012 Sears BracketBusters X event and will travel to the West Coast, as the Crusaders will face off against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday evening, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. CT live on ESPNU.


Valpo Uses Defense For Comeback Win at Milwaukee

Valparaiso rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit against Milwaukee and limited the Panthers to just11 points in the game’s final 17:30 as the Crusaders earned a hard-fought 55-52 victory Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Look to Rebound at Milwaukee Saturday

Valparaiso closes out a four-game road trip, its longest road swing of the season, Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week at Milwaukee, which can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Both squads enter Saturday’s contest tied for second place in the league standings, just one-half game out of the league lead.


Boggs’ Career High Not Enough as Valpo Falls at Green Bay

Junior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) hit all five of his 3-point attempts en route to a career-best 17 points, but Valparaiso fell to Green Bay to start the second half of Horizon League play, 75-60, Thursday evening in Green Bay, Wis.


Homer Drew Set to be Inducted into Valpo Hall of Fame

A fixture on the sidelines for more than two decades, Dr. Homer Drew led Valparaiso University to 371 victories and nine postseason appearances while at the helm of the Crusader basketball program, and on Saturday, February 4, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


First-Place Valpo Heads to Green Bay

Valparaiso looks to maintain its current run of form this Thursday evening as the Crusaders continue their four-game road trip at Green Bay. Valpo has won four straight games and six of its last seven to ascend into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings at the halfway point of the league slate.


First-Place Crusaders Earn Hard-Fought Win at UIC

Juniors Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) combined for all ten points in a 10-0 run that put Valparaiso up nine points with seven minutes to play, and the Crusaders would never trail again, eventually earning a 60-55 victory over UIC Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The win guarantees Valpo a share of first place in the Horizon League standings at the halfway point of the league schedule.


Valpo Returns to Chicago to Face UIC

Coming off their biggest road win in nearly 12 years, Valparaiso looks for its fourth consecutive victory as the Crusaders aim for a sweep of the Chicago road trip against UIC at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The showdown with the Flames concludes the first half of the Horizon League slate. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Cruise to Road Win Over Loyola

Valparaiso led nearly from start to finish, placing four players in double figures in the scoring column as the Crusaders captured their third straight victory with a 69-48 triumph over Loyola Thursday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Travels to Rogers Park To Take On Loyola

Winners of four of its last five games, Valparaiso makes the first of two quick trips to the Windy City on Thursday evening as the Crusaders prepare to take on Loyola. Valpo enters the weekend tied for second place in the Horizon League standings, just one game out of first. The game, which tips at 7 p.m., can be seen locally on Lakeshore Public Television.


Van Wijk Earns HL Player of the Week Honor

For the second time this season, Valparaiso junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after putting together back-to-back career-high scoring outputs in a pair of league wins this past weekend.


Valpo Downs Cleveland State, Moves Into Second Place

Valparaiso shot 60% from the floor on Sunday afternoon, including a blistering 21-of-28 from inside the arc, and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) matched his career high for the second straight game with 23 points as the Crusaders downed Horizon League co-leader Cleveland State 72-66 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Looks For Weekend Sweep Sunday

Valparaiso looks for a Horizon League weekend sweep at the ARC as the Crusaders host Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon. For the second straight contest, the Crusaders will be taking on a team tied atop the league standings.


Crusaders Defeat Youngstown State, Move to 4-2 In League

Four Crusaders scored in double figures, led by a game and career-high 23 points from junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp), as Valparaiso handily defeated Youngstown State, 76-62, Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Homer Drew Honored Wednesday Night by Gary Old Timers

Former Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Dr. Homer Drew was honored Wednesday night with the Gary Old Timers Lifetime Achievement Award at the 66th Annual Gary Old Timers Athletic Association banquet at the Avalon Manor in Hobart.


Crusaders Return Home to Host YSU Friday

Valparaiso begins its only home Horizon League weekend this month on Friday evening as the Crusaders welcome Youngstown State to the ARC. Valpo has defeated the Penguins 13 consecutive times, including nine straight as Horizon League foes.


Valpo Men Fall at Wright State

Valparaiso’s bid for a third consecutive victory was denied Sunday afternoon despite a two-point halftime lead, as Wright State out-scored the Crusaders by 20 points in the second half as Valpo fell 73-55 to the Raiders in Dayton, Ohio.


Valpo Men Look to Make It Three Straight Sunday at WSU

Valparaiso looks for its third straight victory and attempts to improve to 3-0 on the road in Horizon League play as the Crusaders, one of five squads tied atop the league standings entering this weekend, face off at Wright State against the Raiders Sunday afternoon.


Buggs’ Buzzer-Beater Lifts Valpo Over Detroit

Redshirt junior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) received an inbounds pass in a tie game with 4.6 seconds left and took it the length of the court himself, driving down the left side and going all the way to the basket before laying it in at the buzzer to give Valparaiso a 73-71 victory Friday evening in Horizon League play against Detroit.


Valparaiso Athletics Mourns the Passing of Gene Bartow

Legendary basketball coach Gene Bartow, who guided the Valparaiso men’s basketball program from 1964-1970 and was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 81 after battling cancer for the last two and a half years.


Crusaders Hit Road to Face Detroit

Valparaiso opens play in 2012 Friday evening as the Crusaders continue Horizon League play with a game at Detroit. The game, which starts a stretch of six road games in the next eight contests for Valpo, will have live video available exclusively on ESPN3.com.


Crusaders Send Out 2011 With Wild Win Over Green Bay

In a high-scoring affair at the Athletics-Recreation Center, it was Valparaiso which ended the game on top, as the Crusaders led by as many as 18 points and eventually held on for a 90-87 victory over Green Bay in a New Year’s Eve matinee Saturday.


Valpo Men Hosting New Year's Eve Matinee

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team concludes the 2011 calendar year at the ARC with a Saturday afternoon matinee, as the Crusaders host Green Bay on New Year’s Eve at 4:05 p.m. Valpo is looking to snap a two-game losing streak heading into the new year.


Crusaders Drop Tight Horizon League Home Opener

After leading for most of the game, Valparaiso reclaimed a one-point advantage with 1:25 to go, only to see Milwaukee’s Kaylon Williams rattle home a 3-pointer on the next trip to give the Panthers the lead for good, as the Crusaders fell Thursday evening, 57-55, at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusader Men Return to Horizon League Play

Valparaiso begins the bulk of the Horizon League schedule on Thursday evening at home as the Crusaders play host to Milwaukee. Each of Valpo's next 15 games is a league contest, as the Crusaders have just one non-league game left on the regular season slate.


Valpo Drops Barnburner in Indianapolis

Valparaiso fought all the way back from a 17-point halftime deficit to tie Friday’s game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. with 12 minutes to play, but IUPUI went on a 17-4 run shortly thereafter and took advantage of 41 free throw makes as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 97-88.


Valpo Returns to Indianapolis to Face IUPUI

Valparaiso hits the court for the final time before Christmas on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Indianapolis for the second time this month, this time to take on former Mid-Con foe IUPUI at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.


Crusaders Earn Road Victory at NIU Tuesday

Valpo scored on six out of seven possessions in a key stretch just past the midway point of the second half, turning a one-point deficit into a 10-point lead en route to a 59-48 victory over Northern Illinois Tuesday evening in DeKalb, Ill.


Crusaders Take Time Out to Visit Children’s Hospital

In the midst of a stretch of three games in seven days, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team took time out at the start of its most recent road trip on Monday afternoon to visit Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago to give gifts and share the holiday spirit with the children.


Valpo Heads to Northern Illinois For Tuesday Contest

Valparaiso starts its final week of non-league play Tuesday evening as the Crusaders travel to DeKalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois. Valpo is looking to improve to 3-0 against the MAC this year, having already defeated Akron and Bowling Green this season.


Crusaders Fall to Oakland on Buzzer-Beater

Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton hit a buzzer-beating shot from the top of the key as Valparaiso fell to the Golden Grizzlies at the ARC Saturday evening, 82-80. The loss was the first for the Crusaders this season at home in six games.


Valpo Set to Host Oakland

Valparaiso looks to keep its perfect home record this season intact on Saturday night as the Crusaders host former Mid-Con foe Oakland at the ARC. Valpo has started the season with five straight victories at home.


Crusaders Back on Winning Track With Victory Over BGSU

In a game which was within one possession for virtually the last 10 minutes of play, it was Valparaiso which came up with the big points down the stretch, as the Crusaders went 10-for-12 from the free throw line over the game’s final two minutes to earn an 82-79 victory over Bowling Green State University Saturday evening at the ARC.


Valpo Men Return Home to Face BGSU

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for the first time in three weeks Saturday evening as the Crusaders host Bowling Green State University. Valpo is looking to rebound after suffering a road defeat at IPFW Wednesday night.


Valpo Drops Road Game at IPFW

Valparaiso erased a 14-point first-half deficit to take a one-point lead with 14 minutes to play Wednesday evening in Fort Wayne, Ind., but IPFW scored the next five points to reclaim the lead for good and rode 60.8% shooting from the floor as the Crusaders fell by a final of 85-76.


Crusaders Close Road Trip at IPFW

Valparaiso concludes a three-game road trip Wednesday evening as the Crusaders travel southeast to Fort Wayne to face off against IPFW. Valpo looks to carry the momentum from Saturday’s overtime win at Butler into Wednesday’s contest as it aims to improve to 7-2 on the season.


Crusaders Open HL Play With Thrilling Win at Butler

A 3-point play by junior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) with 32 seconds to play in overtime was the clinching play for Valparaiso as the Crusaders downed Butler in the Horizon League opener in Indianapolis on Saturday, 77-71. The win was Valpo’s first in Hinkle Fieldhouse since 1988.


Valpo Set to Open Horizon League Play

Valparaiso opens Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Indianapolis to face off against in-state rival Butler. The game is the lone league contest for Valpo until the heart of Horizon League action starts on Dec. 29.


Crusaders Fall at #3/3 Ohio State

Valparaiso was within four points at halftime Friday evening at #3/3 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, thanks in large part to 15 first-half points from sophomore Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East), but the Buckeyes hit their first eight field goal attempts of the second half as the Crusaders eventually fell by a final score of 80-47.


Valpo Heads Into Test at #3/3 Ohio State

Valparaiso travels to Columbus, Ohio for a Friday evening showdown against the nation’s third-ranked team in Ohio State. The Crusaders enter the game, which can be seen live on the Big Ten Network, on a five-game winning streak.


Van Wijk Earns HL Player of the Week Accolade

Valparaiso junior forward Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after averaging 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game over his three games last week, the league office announced Monday.


Crusaders Capture Subregional Title With Win Over Duquesne

Valparaiso won its Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Sunday afternoon, finishing the weekend with a perfect 3-0 mark as they trailed for just 14 seconds in an 84-68 victory over Duquesne at the ARC. Junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) was named the MVP of the Valparaiso Subregional, while junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) joined Broekhoff on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Handle IU Kokomo, 79-48

Valparaiso jumped out to a 30-8 lead less than 10 minutes into Saturday night’s game against IU Kokomo and cruised from there, eventually earning a 79-48 victory in the Crusaders’ second game of the Valparaiso Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.


Crusaders Take Down Akron Friday Night

Trailing by five points with just over four minutes to play Friday evening in its opening game of the Valparaiso Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, Valparaiso held Akron scoreless the remainder of the game, scoring the contest’s final eight points to earn a 62-59 victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Set to Host Subregional of 2K Sports Classic

For the first time in the history of the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso will host part of an in-season tournament on its home court, as the Crusaders welcome Akron, Duquesne, IU Kokomo and the University of the District of Columbia to the ARC for the Valparaiso Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer this weekend.


Valpo Downs Holy Cross [Ind.] Monday Night

Valparaiso led start to finish Monday evening at the ARC, allowing its fewest points defensively in over 27 years in an 88-38 victory over Holy Cross [Ind.] College.


Valpo Ready For Home Opener Monday

Valparaiso returns to the ARC for the first time in the regular season, taking on Holy Cross [Ind.] College in the home opener Monday evening. The Crusaders split a pair of games on their season-opening road trip, most recently defeating Georgia Southern 90-81.


Crusaders Pick Up Road Win at Georgia Southern

Valparaiso gave head coach Bryce Drew his first win at the helm of the Crusaders, as Valpo led nearly start-to-finish Friday evening in a 90-81 victory over Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.


Valpo to Raise Money for Cancer Research Next Weekend

Fans who turned on ESPNU for the Valparaiso men’s basketball season opener at Arizona on Monday saw new Crusader head coach Bryce Drew sporting a light blue blazer in his debut. Drew was wearing the bright jacket not as a fashion statement, but in support of his father Homer’s fight with prostate cancer. Now, with Valpo hosting a subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer next weekend, fans will have the chance to support the fight against cancer.


Drew, Powell to Participate in Shots From the Heart

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew and assistant coach Roger Powell Jr. will both be participating in the 2nd Annual Shots From the Heart Tournament, in benefit of the Skip Prosser Foundation.


Valpo Continues Season-Opening Road Trip at Georgia Southern

Valparaiso continues to rack up the miles on its season-opening two-game road trip, traveling to Statesboro, Ga. to face off against Georgia Southern Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. CST.


Drew Family Featured on ESPN.com

ESPN's Andy Katz was recently on campus and profiled former head coach Homer Drew and his family.


Crusaders Drop Opener at #16/16 Arizona

Valparaiso led for much of the first half Monday evening at #16/16 Arizona and trailed by just two at the half, but a 16-3 run to start the second half proved too much for the Crusaders to overcome, as Valpo fell by a final of 73-64 in its first game as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.


Valpo Ready For Season Opener at Arizona

Valparaiso opens the Bryce Drew era on the road against #16/16 Arizona in its opening game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Monday evening at 8 p.m. CST. The game, which can be seen live on ESPNU, is the first of four Valpo will play as part of the Classic, as the Crusaders will host a subregional pod Nov. 18-20 as well.


Crusaders Win Final Exhibition Over Augustana

Valparaiso placed four players in double figures in the scoring column and led by as many as 24 points in the second half en route to a 74-65 victory over Augustana Thursday evening at the ARC in exhibition action.


Valpo Downs Hillsdale, 73-71, In Exhibition Action

A back-and-forth final two minutes of basketball at the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday evening was decided on a three-point play by junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) with five seconds remaining, as Valparaiso earned a 73-71 victory over Hillsdale in the Crusaders’ first exhibition game of the year.


New Era Set to Begin For Valparaiso Men’s Basketball

A new era in Valparaiso men’s basketball begins Saturday evening as Bryce Drew takes the helm of the Crusaders for the 2011-2012 campaign. Drew welcomes back eight returnees from last year’s squad, which advanced to the postseason and finished just one game out of the Horizon League regular season title, and also brings in five newcomers as Valpo looks to continue its winning tradition.


Crusader Men’s Basketball Takes Time to Give Back

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has spent plenty of time over the last two-plus months working hard on the court to blend in five newcomers with the eight returnees as the Crusaders prepare for the 2011-2012 season. But at the same time, the Crusaders have taken time out to give back to the community, contributing more than 90 hours of community service since the start of the academic year.


Crusader Basketball Hosts Season-Ticket Holder Event, Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge

With the start of exhibition play rapidly approaching, the Valparaiso men's and women's basketball teams have participated in a pair of events to engage with season-ticket holders and students over the past two weeks.


Crusaders Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Poll; Broekhoff Named to Second Team

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League during the 2011-2012 season according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches, media members and sports information directors. In addition, junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) has been selected to the preseason All-League second team.


Former Crusader Howard Invited to Pan Am Games Training Camp

Former Valparaiso men’s basketball player Ron Howard is one of 21 players who has been invited to the USA Pan American Games Team training camp from Oct. 14-22. The training camp will be utilized to select the USA’s 12-man roster that will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games that are being held from Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Field Finalized For 2K Sports Classic

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.


Five-Game Crusader Plans on Sale Now!

Valparaiso is once again offering its five-game Crusader Plan package for the 2011-2012 men’s basketball season. This year’s five-game Crusader Plan, which is on sale now, features the five “Operation: Pack the ARC” games on the Valpo men’s basketball schedule.


Drew Finalizes Staff for 2011-2012 Season

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has finalized his staff for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Jake Diebler is now an assistant coach, joining Roger Powell Jr. and Luke Gore as full-time assistants on the Crusaders’ staff, while Will Phipps has joined the Valpo men’s basketball program as the team’s director of basketball operations.


Valparaiso Announces 2011-2012 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the 2011-2012 season, a schedule which features 17 home games, at least five games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and at least four national television broadcasts.


Capobianco, Carpenter Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Bobby Capobianco, a 6’9”, 250 lb. forward from Loveland, Ohio, has transferred from Indiana University to Valparaiso and has joined the Crusaders’ men’s basketball program. Capobianco must sit out the 2011-2012 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2012-2013 campaign.


Valpo’s Witt to Focus on Academics; Will Not Compete

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that senior Cameron Witt (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia/Launceston) will not compete during the 2011-2012 season in order to focus on finishing his degree. Witt will not apply for a redshirt year, thus completing his Valpo career.


Fernandez Joins Valpo Men’s Basketball Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Vashil Fernandez, a 6’11” center from Kingston, Jamaica, has joined the Crusaders’ men’s basketball program for the 2011-2012 season.


Broekhoff, Edwards Lead Squads in Scoring at World University Games

Juniors Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) led the Australia and New Zealand teams, respectively, in scoring as men’s basketball competition concluded Monday at the 26th World University Games in Shenzhen, China.


Johnson Inks Deal With WCAA Giants of Dutch Basketball League

Former Valparaiso forward Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) has signed a professional contract with the WCAA Giants of the Dutch Basketball League. Johnson becomes the 33rd Crusader since 1993 to advance to the professional ranks.


Pair of Crusaders on World University Games Rosters

Two Valparaiso men's basketball players are on national team rosters for the 26th World University Games, to be contested Aug. 11-23 in Shenzhen, China. Junior Ryan Broekhoff will be suiting up for Australia, while incoming junior Richie Edwards has been named to the New Zealand squad.


Ole Miss Transfer Bogan Joins Valparaiso Program

Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Will Bogan, a 6'1" guard from Boise, Idaho, has enrolled in Valpo's MBA program and has joined the Crusader basketball program. Bogan spent three years at Ole Miss, graduating with a bachelor's degree in managerial finance, and used two seasons of eligibility with the Rebels.


Crusaders Hire Roger Powell Jr. as Assistant Coach

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that the Crusaders have hired former University of Illinois standout Roger Powell Jr. as an assistant coach. Powell has spent the last six years playing professional basketball, including a stint with the Utah Jazz of the NBA.


Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso's men's basketball team will be hosting three basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.


Media Coverage of Bryce Drew's Hiring

Since the dual announcements on the Valparaiso University campus Tuesday morning of the hiring of Bryce Drew to fill the position of men's basketball head coach following the retirement of Dr. Homer Drew, the move has resulted in a multitude of media coverage nationally, regionally and locally.


Bryce Drew Hired as Valparaiso Men's Basketball Head Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced at a press conference on the Valparaiso campus Tuesday morning that Bryce Drew has been hired as the 21st head coach in the history of the Crusader men's basketball program.


Dr. Homer Drew Steps Down as Valpo Men's Basketball Coach

Valparaiso University president Mark Heckler announced Tuesday morning at a press conference on the Valparaiso campus that Dr. Homer Drew has made the decision to step down, effective immediately, from his position as head men's basketball coach at Valparaiso. Drew closes his 22-year tenure with the Crusaders with 371 career victories and led Valparaiso to nine postseason appearances over his final 16 seasons.


Wood Earns Bachelor's Degree From Valpo; Will Transfer to Michigan State

Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew announced today that redshirt junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]), who will receive his bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University at May's commencement ceremony, will transfer to Michigan State to complete his collegiate eligibility.


Dino Jakolis Signs NLI to Join Valpo Men's Basketball Program

Dino Jakolis, a 6'7", 215 lb. forward from Split, Croatia, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Valparaiso men's basketball program as a freshman for the 2011-2012 season. Jakolis comes to Valpo after playing last season at LaLumiere School in nearby LaPorte, Ind.


Valpo Men's Basketball Banquet to Be Held April 25

The Valparaiso men's basketball program will be holding its year-end banquet on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Christopher Center, located on the Valpo campus. The public is invited to come help the Crusaders celebrate the 2010-2011 season, in which they won 23 games, tied for third-most in program history.


Wood Announces Intent to Declare For NBA Draft; Will Not Hire Agent

Valparaiso redshirt junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) announced Wednesday his intent to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft. Wood will not hire an agent, thereby retaining his final season of eligibility should he withdraw his name from the draft prior to the May 8 NCAA-instituted draft withdrawl deadline.


Drew Named NABC District 12 Co-Coach of the Year

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2011 Division I District 12 Co-Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC.


Valpo Season Ends With Loss in CIT to Iona

Valparaiso cut a double-digit second-half deficit to six points on multiple occasions in the final 20 minutes, but could get no closer, as the Crusaders dropped an 85-77 decision to Iona Wednesday evening in the first round of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Set to Host Iona In First Round of CIT

Valparaiso returns to the postseason for the tenth time in 16 years as the Crusaders make their first-ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Wednesday evening, hosting Iona in first-round action. This marks the first time in the Crusaders' Division I era that they have hosted a national postseason tournament game.


Valpo Accepts Bid to CollegeInsider.com Tournament; Will Host Iona Wednesday

Valparaiso announced Sunday evening that it has accepted a bid into the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and that the Crusaders will host Iona on Wednesday, March 16 at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. CDT.


Wood Earns Spot on NABC All-District First Team

Redshirt junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) continues to rake in honors for his 2010-2011 campaign, as he was named Wednesday to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 First Team.


Wood Named to HL All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) represented the Crusaders on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after averaging 24.7 points per game on Valpo's run to the league semifinals.


Valpo Falls in Horizon League Semifinal at Milwaukee

Junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) scored 24 points Saturday night, but it wasn't enough, as fourth-seeded Valparaiso fell in Horizon League Championship semifinal action at top-seeded Milwaukee, 70-63.


Valpo Takes On Milwaukee Saturday for Title Game Berth

Valparaiso makes the quick turnaround to Horizon League Championship semifinal action on Saturday evening as the fourth-seeded Crusaders take on host and top-seeded Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. Valpo is looking to advance to the title game for the first time since joining the league.


Crusaders Into Semifinals Behind 30 From Wood

Valparaiso connected on a Horizon League Championship record 15 3-pointers, seven of which came in the final 20 minutes from Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]), who scored 30 points in all as the Crusaders downed Detroit in quarterfinal action Friday night in Milwaukee, Wis., 88-78. Valpo plays at Milwaukee in the second semifinal Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Valpo Ready For Detroit in HL Quarterfinal

Valparaiso makes the trip north to Milwaukee for the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship, as the fourth-seeded Crusaders face off against fifth-seeded Detroit Friday evening.


Valpo Holds Off Penguins; Advances to HL Quarterfinals

After trailing by double figures early, fourth-seeded Valparaiso built as much as a 19-point second half lead and then held off a rally by ninth-seeded Youngstown State, eventually earning an 80-71 win in first round action of the 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship Tuesday evening at the ARC. The Crusaders advance to play fifth-seeded Detroit in the quarterfinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Milwaukee.


Crusaders Set to Open HL Championship Tuesday vs. YSU

Valparaiso opens the 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship at the ARC on Tuesday evening, as the fourth-seeded Crusaders host ninth-seeded Youngstown State in first round action. Valpo enters this year's tournament having finished just one game out of first place in the final regular season standings.


Wood a First Team All-Horizon League Selection

Valparaiso junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) earned a spot on the First Team All-Horizon League squad, as the league office unveiled its postseason awards today.


Crusaders Defeat UIC on Senior Night, Host YSU to Open HL Championship

Valparaiso sent seniors Cory Johnson , Howard Little and Michael Rogers out winners in their last regular-season home game at the ARC on Saturday, downing UIC 79-65. The Crusaders will be the fourth seed for the 2011 Horizon League Championship and host Youngstown State Tuesday in first-round action at 7 p.m.


Valpo Closes Regular Season at ARC Saturday

Valparaiso concludes the 2010-2011 regular season Saturday evening as the Crusaders host UIC at the ARC. It is the Crusaders' Senior Night, as Cory Johnson, Howard Little and Michael Rogers will all be recognized prior to the game and will address the crowd following the game.


Crusaders Fall to Loyola Thursday Night

Valparaiso shot just 35.2% from the floor and hit just two 3-pointers in a 68-48 loss to Loyola Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Return Home To Close Out Regular Season

Valparaiso starts the final weekend of regular season play at the ARC Thursday evening as the Crusaders host the Ramblers of Loyola. Valpo enters the final two games of league play still in the fight for one of the top two seeds and a double bye into the tournament semifinals.


Valpo Suffers Heartbreaking Defeat in Green Bay

Despite trailing by 16 points in the first half and by as many as 11 in the second half, Valparaiso forced the game into overtime and led by two points with under 30 seconds to play, but Green Bay scored the final three points within the last 20 seconds to close out the game, as the Phoenix defeated the Crusaders 81-80 Monday night in Green Bay, Wis.


Valpo Hits Road For Final Time in Regular Season

Valparaiso enters the final week of regular season play with its final road game of the year, traveling north to take on Green Bay Monday evening. The Crusaders enter the final week of play tied in the loss column atop the Horizon League standings.


Crusaders Superb in BracketBuster Win Over Missouri State

In front of a sellout crowd and national television audience on ESPN2, Valparaiso made its stamp on the Sears BracketBusters event with a stellar performance, shooting over 58% from the floor and leading nearly start to finish in an 80-67 victory over Missouri State Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Prepare For National TV Appearance in BracketBusters Game

Valparaiso steps out of league play for the final time in the regular season, hosting Missouri State Saturday afternoon live on ESPN2 as part of the Sears BracketBusters event. The game, which starts at 4 p.m., will feature Dave O'Brien and Dick Vitale on the call.


Valpo Suffers Close Defeat Wednesday in Milwaukee

In a see-saw battle Wednesday evening that saw both teams claim double-digit leads at one point, Valparaiso had a pair of point-blank attempts for the go-ahead basket roll around and out in the final ten seconds as Milwaukee eventually claimed a 79-76 win over the Crusaders in Milwaukee, Wis.


Valpo Hits Road In Search of Win #20

Valparaiso looks for its 20th win of the 2010-2011 campaign on Wednesday evening, as the Crusaders hit the road to take on Milwaukee. Valpo enters Wednesday's game atop the Horizon League standings with just four league games remaining.


Tom Orton Heads to the Hall of Fame on Saturday

A multi-sport athlete while at Valparaiso, Tom Orton was a three-year starter in both baseball and basketball for the Crusaders, and, on Saturday, February 19 he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Valpo Takes Tight Duel Against Wright State

Valparaiso won its 11th Horizon League game, the most in a season since the Crusaders joined the league, and maintained its spot atop the league's standings in tight fashion, earning a 58-56 victory over Wright State Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Looks For Third Straight Win Saturday Versus WSU

Valparaiso looks for its third straight victory on Saturday as the Crusaders aim to remain atop the Horizon League standings, hosting Wright State at the ARC. Valpo improved to 9-2 at home this year with its Thursday victory over Detroit.


First-Place Crusaders Stay Atop HL With Win Over Detroit

Valparaiso overcame a nine-point first half deficit to take the halftime lead and then never trailed in the second half in an 82-74 victory over Detroit at the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday night. With the win, the Crusaders remain atop the Horizon League standings at 10-3 with five games remaining.


First-Place Crusaders Return Home Thursday

Valparaiso puts first place on the line yet again Thursday evening when the Crusaders return home to the ARC to host Detroit. Valpo closes the regular season with five of its last seven games at home.


Crusaders Claim Road Victory Over YSU in Overtime Saturday

Valparaiso rallied from a 10-point deficit with nine minutes to play and recovered after a Youngstown State buzzer-beater to end regulation, as the Crusaders eventually earned an 86-78 overtime victory over the Penguins Saturday evening in Youngstown, Ohio. With the win, in which Brandon Wood led all players with 31 points, Valpo remains tied in the loss column atop the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Looks to Regroup Saturday at Youngstown State

Valparaiso looks to rebound from a defeat last time out as the Crusaders continue their swing through northeastern Ohio with a matchup at Youngstown State Saturday evening.


Valpo Falls at Cleveland State Thursday Night

In a battle for first place in the Horizon League standings Thursday night, every Crusader rally was answered by the home-standing Vikings, as Valparaiso fell 76-65 to Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio.


Crusaders Travel to Cleveland State Thursday

Valparaiso takes on the squad its tied with in the loss column, as the Crusaders face off with Cleveland State in a battle for first place Thursday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. Valpo is currently featured in an All-Access piece on CollegeInsider.com.


Crusaders to Face Missouri State on ESPN2 in BracketBusters Event

Valparaiso has been selected for one of 11 televised games as part of the BracketBusters event and will host Missouri State live on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.


Crusaders Down Butler In Overtime Thriller

It took extra time Saturday afternoon, but Valparaiso finished the job in overtime, getting a pair of huge baskets in the last two minutes of the extra session by senior Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) to help close out an 85-79 victory over Butler in front of a sellout crowd at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Butler Game Sold Out; Additional Parking Lot Available Saturday

The Valparaiso athletic department announced today that Saturday afternoon's game against Butler at the Athletics-Recreation Center is officially sold out. No tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the game. In addition, an additional parking lot has been opened on the northeast corner of Roosevelt Road and Lincolnway for game day and will have shuttle service available to and from the ARC.


Valpo Starts Second Half of HL Play Saturday

Valparaiso begins the second half of Horizon League play Saturday afternoon as it hosts Butler in the Horizon League Game of the Week from the ARC. The Crusaders closed out the first half of the league slate tied atop the league standings. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Drop Sunday Matinee to Green Bay

Valparaiso could not overcome a nine-minute stretch without a field goal late in the second half Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders' last-minute comeback effort came up two points short in a 63-61 loss to Green Bay at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Despite the loss, the Crusaders remain tied atop the Horizon League standings at the end of the first half of league action.


Valpo Looks For Sixth Straight Win Sunday vs. Green Bay

Valparaiso puts first place on the line yet again, as well as a season-best five-game winning streak, as the Crusaders welcome Green Bay to the ARC Sunday afternoon. The game against the Phoenix concludes the first half of the Horizon League slate.


Defense Keys Crusader Win Over Milwaukee

Valparaiso held Milwaukee without a field goal for the game's first 13:46 Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center and rode the advantage all the way to the final buzzer, earning a 60-43 victory. With the win, the Crusaders remain alone atop the Horizon League standings at 7-1 in league action.


First-Place Crusaders Host Milwaukee Friday Night

Valparaiso returns home all alone in first place in the Horizon League standings for the first game of a three-game homestand Friday evening against Milwaukee, broadcast live on ESPN3.com. The Crusaders currently are riding their third four-game winning streak of the season.


Valpo-Green Bay Sunday Game Moved to Noon

Valparaiso announced today that the tip time for the men's basketball game on Sunday afternoon against Green Bay has been moved up to 12 p.m. CST.


Wood Earns His Second HL Player of the Week Award

Valparaiso redshirt junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) was named Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time this year after leading the Crusaders in scoring last week as they ascended into solo first place at the weekend's conclusion.


Crusaders Win Fourth Straight, Remain in First Place

Valparaiso hit 11 of its first 12 shots from the field and never looked back, defeating Detroit Sunday afternoon 78-68 in Detroit, Mich. With the win, their second in 42 hours, the Crusaders have won four straight and sit alone atop the Horizon League standings at 6-1.


Valpo Takes On Detroit Sunday Afternoon

Valparaiso looks for its second league road weekend sweep of the year Sunday afternoon when the Crusaders travel to take on Detroit. With a win, Valpo would guarantee itself to remain in at least a share of first place in the Horizon League standings at the weekend's conclusion.


Crusaders Stay Atop HL Standings With Win at Wright State

Valparaiso allowed Wright State to hit just two field goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half, erasing a seven-point halftime deficit and claiming a double-digit advantage en route to a 71-60 victory over the Raiders Friday evening at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders remain atop the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Hits Road to Take On Wright State

Valparaiso puts its share of first place on the line against a fellow squad atop the league standings Friday night, as the Crusaders travel to Wright State to take on the Raiders live on ESPN3.com.


Virginia Tech Transfer to Join Crusader Program

Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew announced today that Ben Boggs, a 6'4”, 200 lb. guard who previously played at Virginia Tech, has enrolled at Valparaiso and will be joining the Crusader men's basketball program.


Johnson Named HL Player of the Week

Valparaiso forward Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of wins last weekend as Valpo finished the weekend in a tie for first place in the league standings.


Crusaders Claim Share of First With Win Over CSU

Valparaiso moved into a share of first place in the Horizon League as fifth-year senior Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) led the Crusaders with 20 points in a 64-58 victory over Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Prepares For Sunday Visit From Cleveland State

Valparaiso closes out its first home league weekend of the season with a Sunday afternoon matinee, hosting a fellow one-loss team in Cleveland State to the ARC. With a win, the Crusaders would exit the weekend in a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Handles Penguins Easily Friday Night

A game-high 26 points from fifth-year senior Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) led the charge Friday evening as Valparaiso opened home Horizon League play with a solid 79-55 victory over Youngstown State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Return Home Friday, Host YSU

Valparaiso welcomes its first Horizon League foe to the ARC this season as the Crusaders host Youngstown State on Friday evening. The game between Valpo and YSU is available exclusively live nationwide at ESPN3.com.


Times Set For Upcoming Crusader Games; Butler Single-Game Tickets on Sale Thursday

Valparaiso's home game against Youngstown State on Friday, Jan. 7 and road game at Wright State on Friday, Jan. 14 will both tip off at 6 p.m. CST, due to nationwide broadcasts online at ESPN3.com. In addition, the Valpo ticket office announced today that single-game tickets for the game against Butler on Saturday, Jan. 29 will go on sale this Thursday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.


Crusader Comeback Effort Falls Short at Butler

Led by 14 second-half points from freshman Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East), Valparaiso cut a 19-point deficit with 16 minutes to play to just five points with eight minutes remaining at Butler Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs eventually handed the Crusaders their first Horizon League defeat of the season, 76-59.


Valpo Resumes Horizon League Play at Butler

Valparaiso rings in the New Year in Indianapolis as the Crusaders face off against defending Horizon League champion and national runner-up Butler on Saturday. The Crusaders enter the contest riding their second four-game winning streak of the year, while Butler owns a five-game winning streak. Saturday's game can be seen throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television or nationwide on the ESPN Full Court package.


Valpo Athletics, Opportunity Enterprises Partner For Ticket Promotion

Valparaiso University Athletics has partnered with Opportunity Enterprises to support OE Lakeside. For any men's or women's basketball ticket purchased through this program, 50% of the ticket price will be donated back to OE.


Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Four With Victory Over Ball State

Valparaiso ended the 2010 calendar year on a four-game winning streak as the Crusaders led for the final 28 minutes in a 69-52 victory over Ball State at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday evening.


Wood Named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week

Valparaiso redshirt junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) has been named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week after scoring 56 points last week to help lead the Crusaders to the Lou Henson Award Tournament title.


Crusaders Return to Action Tuesday at ARC against Ball State

Valparaiso takes to the court for the final time in the 2010 calendar year as the Crusaders host in-state foe Ball State on Tuesday evening. The game is the next-to-last non-league showdown for Valpo this season, as the heart of Horizon League play begins on New Year's Day.


Valpo Wins Triple-Digit Shootout at Oakland To Win Tournament

An epic battle between two former conference rivals saw Valparaiso take down Oakland Tuesday night in Rochester, Mich. by a 103-102 count to capture the Lou Henson Award Tournament championship. Senior Cory Johnson was named Tournament MVP while junior Brandon Wood earned All-Tournament honors as well as both surpassed 30 points on Tuesday evening.


Crusaders Defeat EMU, Advance to Lou Henson Award Tournament Final

Valparaiso led from start to finish for the second straight game and got a season-high 21 points from junior Brandon Wood as the Crusaders defeated Eastern Michigan Monday afternoon at the O'rena in Rochester, Mich. With the win, Valpo advances to the championship game of the Lou Henson Award Tournament Tuesday evening against host Oakland.


Valpo Ready For Two Games at Lou Henson Award Tournament

Valparaiso turns around quickly from a win over IPFW to play at the Lou Henson Award Tournament in Rochester, Mich. The Crusaders play Eastern Michigan on Monday afternoon and then will face either former Mid-Con rival Oakland or Rochester College on Tuesday.


Crusaders Lock Down Defensively For Win Over IPFW

Valparaiso limited IPFW to just 26% shooting on the night and led from start to finish in a convincing 63-47 victory over the Mastodons Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Returns Home Saturday; Hosts IPFW

The Valparaiso men's basketball team returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center in an attempt to get back on the winning track as it hosts IPFW Saturday evening.


Valparaiso to Hold First of Four Family Nights Saturday Night

Valparaiso University invites all families in Northwest Indiana to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday evening for the first Family Night of the season, as the Crusaders host IPFW in men's basketball action beginning at 7:05 p.m.


Crusaders Fall at Toledo Saturday Night

Despite holding a 13-point lead with 16 minutes to play Saturday evening in Toledo, Ohio, Valparaiso had to overcome a five-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime and then couldn't rebound from a similar hole in the extra sessions, dropping a 75-72 decision to Toledo.


Valpo to Travel to Toledo For Saturday Showdown

Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss last time out as it travels one state to the east to take on Toledo Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Lead in Second Half, Eventually Fall to #19/18 Purdue

In front of a record-tying crowd at the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso held the lead for a near four-minute stretch late in the first half and again gained the outright edge with 18:37 to play, but #19/18 Purdue eventually pulled away for a 76-58 victory over the Crusaders Tuesday evening.


Additional Parking Lot Available For Tuesday's Game Against Purdue

Due to anticipated parking demand for Tuesday night's men's basketball game against Purdue, an additional lot has been opened up for public use on the northeast corner of Roosevelt Road and Lincolnway and will have shuttle service available to the Athletics-Recreation Center both pre-game and post-game.


Valpo Set to Welcome Purdue to Packed ARC Tuesday

Valparaiso will welcome a sellout crowd to the ARC on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host a nationally-ranked Purdue squad in front of a nationwide television audience on ESPNU. Valpo enters Tuesday night's game on a four-game winning streak.


Crusaders Move to 2-0 In League With Win At Loyola

Leading 49-48 with 8:37 to play Saturday afternoon, Valparaiso locked down defensively, holding Loyola scoreless as part of a 12-0 run over a nearly seven-minute stretch as the Crusaders eventually earned a 66-56 win in Chicago. The win gives Valpo a four-game winning streak and moves the Crusaders to 2-0 at the conclusion of the first weekend of Horizon League play.


Valpo-Purdue Game at the ARC Dec. 7 Officially Sold Out

The Valparaiso ticket office announced today that the Crusaders' men's basketball game against #22/18 Purdue at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7 is officially sold out. No tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the game.


Crusaders Look For Chicago Road Sweep

Valparaiso looks for a sweep of the first weekend of Horizon League play this season as the Crusaders travel to Chicago for the second time in three days Saturday afternoon to face Loyola. The game will be televised locally on Lakeshore Public Television.


Comeback Gives Valpo Win In Horizon League Opener

Trailing by 14 points with 7:30 to play Thursday night at UIC, Valparaiso ended the second half on an 18-4 run and then scored the first six points of overtime en route to a 68-66 victory over the Flames in the Horizon League opener for both teams.


Valpo Starts League Play on the Road at UIC

Valparaiso continues a five-game stretch away from home and opens up Horizon League play Thursday evening as the Crusaders make the short trip to the Windy City to face UIC. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Crusaders Beat Texas A&M-CC To Conclude Las Vegas Invitational

Valparaiso led for the final 18 minutes of Saturday afternoon's game and hit all eight of its free throw attempts in the final two minutes as the Crusaders held off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 68-62, to claim the Upper Division Championship at the 2010 Las Vegas Invitational. Senior Howard Little represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Second-Half Shooting Propels Valpo to Comeback Victory

Valparaiso nailed 9-of-11 three-point shots in the second half and held Northern Colorado to just seven second-half field goals as the Crusaders earned a 76-61 come-from-behind victory over the Bears Friday afternoon at the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.


Valpo In Vegas For Pair of Games

Valparaiso travels to Las Vegas, Nev. to take part in the second half of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena. The Crusaders start play in Vegas against Northern Colorado on Friday afternoon and then will face either Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or Bethune-Cookman on Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Fall in Duel at Ohio

Valparaiso used a 16-0 run over the final 4 minutes of the first half to erase a 15-point deficit and then went back-and-forth with Ohio in a second half in which neither team could gain more than a four-point lead, but the Crusaders' last-second attempt at the tying basket came up just short as the Bobcats captured a 78-75 victory over Valpo Tuesday evening in Athens, Ohio.


Crusaders Begin Five-Game Road Trip at Ohio

Valparaiso embarks on a five-game stretch away from home on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders travel to Athens, Ohio to take on the Bobcats of Ohio University in the second game of the Las Vegas Invitational.


Valpo Places Seven in Double Figures In Win Over PNC

Seven players scored in double figures as Valparaiso shot 67.9% from the floor and enjoyed a +38 advantage in the rebound column in a 98-44 victory over Purdue North Central Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Returns Home; Faces PNC Thursday

Valparaiso returns home Thursday evening and looks to get back on the winning track with a game against Purdue North Central. The game will be the last at home for the Crusaders before embarking on a five-game stretch on the road.


Crusaders Fall at #7/6 Kansas Monday Night

Shooting 27.4% from the floor proved to be too much for Valparaiso to overcome Monday night, as the Crusaders fell 79-44 to #7/6 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.


Crusaders Prepare For Top-Ten Test at Kansas

Valparaiso travels to one of the nation's most hallowed venues, as the Crusaders face off against #7/7 Kansas Monday evening. The game is the first of four that the Crusaders will play as part of the Las Vegas Invitational, with the first two games being played at campus sites. It can be seen nationwide on the ESPN Full Court package or online at ESPN3.com.


Edwards Signs National Letter of Intent With Crusaders

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that Richie Edwards of Hillsborough [Fla.] C.C. has signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Crusader program for the 2011-2012 campaign.


Crusaders Roll to Win In Season Opener

Four Valparaiso starters scored in double figures and the Crusaders never looked back after opening the game on a 14-0 run, eventually downing IU Northwest 111-64 Friday evening in the season opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Opens Regular Season at Home Friday

Valparaiso opens the 2010-2011 regular season campaign Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders host IU Northwest.


Efficient Offense Helps Crusaders to Exhibition Win

Valparaiso hit at a 63.5% clip from the floor Saturday afternoon, led by a 10-for-11 effort from junior guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]), and enjoyed as much as a 50-point lead before cruising to a 98-66 victory over Aurora in exhibition action at the ARC.


Valpo Basketball Holiday Packs on Sale Early Next Week

Two-game Holiday Packs, featuring the opportunity to see the Valparaiso men's basketball team play nationally-ranked Purdue and Butler squads, go on sale online this Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. and over the phone or at the box office Monday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.


WJOB Joins Valpo Sports Radio Network

Northwest Indiana's home team has added a radio home in Lake County, as it was announced today that WJOB (1230 AM, Hammond) has joined the Valpo Sports Radio Network and will broadcast 14 Valparaiso men's basketball games throughout the 2010-2011 season.


Valpo Dedicates Homer Drew Court; Wins Exhibition Decisively

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew looked on as the new court in the arena of the Athletics-Recreation Center was officially dedicated as Homer Drew Court Saturday night, and then guided the Crusaders to a comfortable 93-58 victory in their exhibition opener against Olivet Nazarene.


Crusaders Look to Move Up League Standings in 2010-2011

The pieces are in place for the Valparaiso men's basketball team to make a move up the Horizon League standings in 2010-2011. Ten letterwinners are back from the league's highest-scoring team a year ago, while three newcomers joined the Crusaders during the summer for their Cancun trip to get a jump-start on the season.


Homer Drew Court Dedication Set for Saturday Night

The new floor in the arena of the Athletics-Recreation Center will officially be dedicated as Homer Drew Court in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday night's Valparaiso men's basketball exhibition opener against Olivet Nazarene, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.


Crusaders Talk to Local Youths About Importance of Being Drug-Free

A number of Valpo men's basketball players spent time Monday afternoon at Memorial Elementary School in Valparaiso, helping to kick off the school's “Red Ribbon Week.”


Single Game Tickets to Go On Sale Monday; Promotional Schedule Released

Valparaiso University announced today that single-game tickets for the 2010-2011 men's basketball season will go on sale Monday morning, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. The Crusaders have also released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season as well.


Crusaders Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll; Wood, Johnson on All-League Teams

The Valparaiso men's basketball team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Horizon League according to preseason polling of the league's head coaches, media members and sports information directors. In addition, guard Brandon Wood has been selected to the preseason All-League First Team, while forward Cory Johnson has been tabbed a Second Team selection.


Fans Introduced to Crusader Basketball Squads at Valpo Hoops Mania Saturday Night

Valparaiso fans got their first look at the Crusader men's and women's basketball teams on Saturday evening at Valpo Hoops Mania in the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Group Tickets On Sale Monday Morning

Group tickets for Valparaiso men's and women's basketball, available for groups of 10 or more, will go on sale Monday, October 18 at 10 a.m.


Crusaders Put on Basketball Clinic at Local YMCA

Members of the Valparaiso men's basketball team spent time with children from 5 to 7 years old last Friday afternoon at the YMCA, putting on a basketball clinic for the youths.


Hoops Mania Set for October 16

Fans are invited to get their first glimpse of the 2010-2011 Valparaiso basketball teams at Valpo Hoops Mania, to be held Saturday, October 16 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.


Former Valpo GA Hartfield Working in Rockets Organization

Dan Hartfield, who spent last season as a graduate assistant coach with the Valparaiso men's basketball program, has moved on to the NBA's Houston Rockets, where he is currently working as the team's Basketball Operations Intern for Advance Scouting.


Crusaders Participate In JDRF Walk Sunday

For the second straight year, the Valparaiso men's basketball team participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northwest Indiana Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year's walk was held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville.


Crusader Plan Packages to Go On Sale Next Week

The Valparaiso University Ticket Office will begin selling the Crusader Plan five-game package, featuring tickets for home games against nationally-ranked Purdue and Butler, early next week. The Crusader Plan will be available online starting Sunday, Sept. 26, while the package will be available over the phone and in person at the ticket office on Monday, Sept. 27.


Valpo Players Represent Native Lands at World Cultural Festival

Over the past two decades, the Valparaiso men's basketball team has been recognized nationally for the number of foreign players that have been part of the Crusaders' roster. On Saturday, a quartet of current Crusaders attended the World Cultural Festival at the Valparaiso International Center, talking to community members about their native countries.


2010-2011 Crusader Men's Basketball Season Tickets Currently on Sale

Season tickets for the 2010-2011 Valparaiso men's basketball campaign, featuring home dates with national runner-up Butler and preseason top-10 squad Purdue, are on sale now for Crusader fans.


Crusaders Help Out During Popcorn Festival

The Valparaiso men's basketball team made its presence felt at the city's annual Popcorn Festival this past Saturday, helping to direct traffic around the city. This is the second straight year the Crusaders have assisted the Valparaiso Police Department with traffic control during the annual celebration.


Gomes Puts Forth Standout Performance Against USA

While the Angola national team saw its run at the 2010 FIBA World Championships come to an end Monday afternoon at the hands of the squad from the United States in the round of 16, former Valparaiso star Joaquim Gomes had a standout performance, leading all players with 21 points.


2010-2011 Crusader Men's Basketball Television Slate Announced

Fans will have plenty of opportunities to catch the 2010-2011 Valparaiso men's basketball team on the various ESPN platforms, as the Crusaders will appear at least four times and up to eight times on the ESPN family of networks, highlighted by Purdue's visit to the ARC on Dec. 7 being broadcast live on ESPNU. In addition, Valpo will host Butler in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week on Jan. 29.


Pair of Former Crusaders Starting at FIBA World Championships

Former Valparaiso basketball standout Joaquim Gomes posted a double-double Wednesday at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey as his native Angola defeated Germany for the first time ever. Gomes and former Crusader Mohamed Kone, a native of the Ivory Coast, have both started every game at the World Championships for their respective nations.


Crusaders Unveil 2010-2011 Men's Basketball Schedule

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew announced the Crusaders' 2010-2011 schedule today, a slate that features 15 regular season home games at the Athletics-Recreation Center, including a visit Dec. 7 from nationally-ranked Purdue. The Crusaders will also travel to Kansas, which finished atop the polls at the end of the regular season last year, and will play a pair of Horizon League games against national runner-up Butler.


Crusaders Rally to Close Cancun Trip Undefeated

Playing its fourth game in four days and trailing by 17 points in the first quarter against one of Mexico's top professional teams, Valparaiso could have easily given in to the opposition's home-court advantage. But the Crusaders dug deep and rallied, taking a halftime lead before eventually defeating Pioneros de Quintana Roo, 102-84, Wednesday evening in Cancun, Mexico to conclude their preseason foreign tour with a perfect 4-0 record.


Crusaders Take Third Straight Game Wednesday, Also Take Time to Give Back

Valparaiso continued its run of success on the court in the third game of its preseason foreign tour in Cancun, Mexico Wednesday night, downing Rebotera de Cancun, 107-58. But that was far from the highlight of the Crusaders' day.


Crusaders Roll to Second Straight Victory

Valparaiso continued its preseason foreign tour in Cancun, Mexico Tuesday evening with another decisive victory, downing Pioneros de Cancun by a 118-59 count. Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) paced the Crusaders Tuesday with 26 points.


Crusaders Open Cancun Trip With Victory

In front of a rowdy crowd playing drums throughout the contest, the Valparaiso men's basketball team kicked off their four-game preseason foreign tour with a decisive 119-54 victory over Rebotera de Cancun Monday evening in Cancun, Mexico. Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) paced six Crusaders in double figures with 25 points.


Crusaders' Opponents Set for Cancun Trip

With departure for Cancun, Mexico less than a week away and half of its allotment of ten practice days remaining, Valparaiso revealed Monday the opposition it will face on its first-ever preseason foreign tour August 8-13, including a pro squad that went 31-9 in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional last season.


Van Wijk Joins Crusader Men's Basketball Program

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that Kevin Van Wijk, a 6'8”, 230 lb. forward from the Netherlands, has joined the Crusader squad effective immediately. Van Wijk will have three seasons of eligibility for the Crusaders beginning with the 2010-2011 season.


Crusaders Begin Preparations for Preseason Trip to Cancun

The Valparaiso men's basketball team will be embarking on its first-ever preseason foreign tour next month, traveling to Cancun, Mexico August 8-13 to play four games. The preseason trip, along with the allotted practice leading up to the trip, allow the Crusaders to get a jump start on preparations for the 2010-2011 season, preparations that began with the team's first practice Monday evening.


Jay Harris Signs NLI to Join Crusader Men's Basketball Program

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.


Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso's men's basketball team will be hosting three basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.


New Court at ARC to Be Named After Coach Homer Drew

The name Drew has long been synonymous with basketball excellence at Valparaiso University. Next season, the Crusaders' home court will bear that name.


Wood Earns NABC All-District Honor

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.


Crusaders' Season Comes to a Close Tuesday

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.


Wood Named HL Newcomer of the Year; Johnson Also Earns Multiple Accolades

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.


Crusaders Ready to Open HL Championship Against Detroit Tuesday

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.


Valpo to Face Detroit to Open Horizon League Championship

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.


Crusader Upset Bid Falls Short Friday Versus #15/10 Butler

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.


Valpo Closes Regular Season at ARC Friday with #15/10 Butler

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.


Tickets Still Available for Butler Game; On Sale Now for First Round of Horizon Championship

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.


Crusaders Fall at Bowling Green

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.


Valpo Takes Break From HL Play to Face BGSU

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.


Kenney's 27 Leads Valpo to Win Over Loyola

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.


Crusaders Return Home to Take On Loyola Wednesday

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.


Valpo Earns Big Road Win With Comeback at YSU

Valparaiso overcame a five-point deficit in the final two minutes to earn a hard-fought 77-75 victory in a back-and-forth game with Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio Saturday evening.


Valpo Ends Stretch of Five Games in Ten Days Saturday at Youngstown State

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.


Valpo Rally Falls Short at Cleveland State

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.


Valpo Starts Final HL Road Trip at Cleveland State

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.


Valpo Wins Shootout Against UIC

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.


Valpo Closes Three-Game Homestand Monday vs. UIC

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.


Valpo Out-Duels Detroit

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.


Valpo Looks to Rebound Saturday against Detroit

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.


Crusaders Drop Close Game at Home to Wright State

Valparaiso struggled shooting the ball from the floor Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, eventually falling in Horizon League action to Wright State, 75-71.


Valpo Returns Home for Three Games in Five Days

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.


Valpo to Travel to Bowling Green for BracketBusters Matchup

The Valparaiso men's basketball team learned Monday that it will play at Bowling Green as part of the 2010 BracketBusters event on Saturday, February 20.


Valpo Rallies for Big Road Win at Green Bay

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.


Valpo Men Look to Rebound Sunday at Green Bay

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.


Valpo Falls on Late 3-Pointer at Milwaukee

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.


Valpo Men Continue Road Trip at Milwaukee Friday

Valparaiso starts the second half of Horizon League play and takes aim at extending its winning streak to five games on Friday evening as the Crusaders continue their four-game road trip at Milwaukee.


Crusaders Roll to Win Over Loyola

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.


Valpo Looks for Chicago Sweep Saturday Afternoon at Loyola

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.


Free Throws, Defense Key Valpo Victory at UIC

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.


Valpo Starts Four-Game Road Trip at UIC Thursday

Valparaiso looks to extend its winning streak to three games on Thursday evening as the Crusaders take the first of two trips in a three-day span to Chicago to face off against UIC.


Valpo Men Earn Second Straight Win, Downs Cleveland State

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.


Valpo Looks For Two in a Row Saturday Against Cleveland State

Valparaiso aims for its second win in a row in league play as the Crusaders host Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the HLN Game of the Week.


McPherson, Wood Key Valpo Victory Over Youngstown State

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.


Crusaders Return Home to Take On Youngstown State

Valparaiso looks to get back on the winning track in its return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Youngstown State at 7:05 p.m.


Valpo Drops Heartbreaker at Wright State, 59-57

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.


Valpo Returns to the Hardwood Sunday at Wright State

Valparaiso looks to earn a split on the weekend Horizon League road swing, as the Crusaders play at Wright State Sunday afternoon.


Crusaders Fall at Detroit Despite 31 From Johnson

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.


Valpo Heads to Detroit Friday; Game Available Nationally on ESPNU

Valparaiso returns to the national television stage on Friday evening, as the Crusaders travel to Detroit to take on the Titans live on ESPNU in Horizon League action.


Crusaders Fall to Green Bay Saturday Evening

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.


Valpo Men Open 2010 With Green Bay on Saturday at the ARC

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.


McPherson Steal and Layup Gives Valpo One-Point Win in Final Second Over Milwaukee

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.


Valpo Kicks Off HL Home Slate With New Year's Eve Contest

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.


Valpo Drops 77-57 Decision at Akron Sunday Afternoon

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.


Valpo Returns to Hardwood Sunday at Akron

Valparaiso takes on its final non-league foe for nearly two months on Sunday afternoon, traveling to Ohio to take on Akron in a return game from last year's BracketBusters matchup.


Valpo Falls to Late Comeback from IPFW

Valparaiso held a 67-56 lead with just over six minutes to play Tuesday evening in Fort Wayne, Ind., but host IPFW ended the game on a 19-5 run to defeat the Crusaders by a 75-72 count.


Valpo Heads to IPFW Tuesday

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.


Valpo Players Help Each Other Out in Win Over Concordia

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.


Valpo Welcomes Concordia (Wis.) to ARC on Saturday

Valparaiso concludes a brief two-game homestand Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. as the Crusaders host Concordia (Wis.) at the ARC to round out the non-league home slate.


No. 1 Men's Basketball Student Section in Horizon League to be Crowned

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.


Valpo to be Featured Twice on HLN Game of the Week

The Valparaiso men's basketball team will host two of the eight games that will comprise the Horizon League Network Game of the Week package, as announced by the league office today.


Valpo Cruises to Victory Over Toledo

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.


Valpo Returns Home, Faces 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.***


Valpo Falls at #5/5 Purdue

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.


Valpo Takes on #5 Purdue Wednesday

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.


Valpo Falls in Horizon League Opener at #23/20 Butler

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.


Valpo to Face Third Ranked Team of Season Saturday at Butler

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.


Wood Named to Legends Classic All-Tournament Team

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.


Valpo Closes Legends Classic With Win Over Arkansas-Fort Smith

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.


Valpo Falls to Troy at Legends Classic

Valparaiso trailed the entire game as the Crusaders fell to Troy Saturday afternoon in Statesboro, Ga. in Legends Classic action, 80-64.


Valpo Earns Road Victory in Legends Classic Over Georgia Southern

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.


Former Coach Gene Bartow Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

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.


Valpo To Play Three at Georgia Southern This Weekend

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.


Game Time Dec. 5 at Butler Moved to 6 p.m. CST

The Valparaiso men's basketball game at #11/10 Butler on Saturday, December 5 will now be played at 6 p.m. CST, a change from the original scheduled start time of 1 p.m.


Valpo Drops Legends Classic Opener at #2/2 Michigan State

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.


Valpo Travels to Take On Nation's #2 Team Sunday

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.


McPherson Career High Spurs Valpo to Victory

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.


Valpo To Open Home Slate Thursday

Valparaiso takes to the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time during the regular season as the Crusaders host IU-South Bend on Thursday evening.


Valpo Rallies Late Before Falling to #6/4 North Carolina

Valparaiso was within seven at halftime and cut a 24-point second-half deficit to nine points late, but eventually succumbed to #6/4 North Carolina 88-77 Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Valpo Ready to Take On Defending National Champs Sunday

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).