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First-Place Valpo Travels To Play Centenary On Thursday

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

VALPO (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) at CENTENARY (11-8, 5-3 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5 - 7:05 p.m. CST

WHERE: Gold Dome, Shreveport, Louisiana

RADIO: WEFM (95.9, Michigan City), WVUR-FM (95.1, Valparaiso) - Todd Ickow and Andy Viano announcing.

TV: none

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 515-315 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 246-193 in his 15th season. Centenary is led by Kevin Johnson, who has a career mark of 57-72 in his 5th season and a record at Centenary of 57-72 in his 5th season.

SERIES RECORD: Centenary leads 3-2
LAST MEETING: Jan. 22, 2004 - Valpo won 77-66 at Valpo

LAST GAME: Valpo defeated Western Illinois 81-79 in overtime on Saturday in Macomb, Illinois. Centenary defeated IUPUI 67-65 on Saturday in Shreveport.

NEXT UP: Valpo travels to play at Chicago State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Carrying the momentum of a six-game win streak, first-place Valpo (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) travels to Shreveport, Louisiana to oppose Centenary (11-8, 5-3) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CST. The Crusaders are coming off a thrilling 81-79 overtime win over Western Illinois last Saturday. Dan Oppland recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. A 6'8" sophomore, Oppland scored eight on his points in overtime. Ali Berdiel added 13 points and five assists. Centenary defeated IUPUI 67-65 on Saturday. Andrew Wisniewski, this week's Mid-Con Co-Player of the Week, led the Gents with 19 points.

DUSTING OFF THE OLDIES: Senior Greg Tonagel played his first two games of the season last week. Tonagel, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, averaged 6.5 points and 3.0 apg. in the two wins. He converted two free throws with 10 seconds left to secure the win over Oakland. The 6'3" guard was pressed into service due to several injuries to Valpo's backcourt.

BERDIEL 10th NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Ali Berdiel ranks 10th in the nation in assists through games of Feb. 2, according to the NCAA statistics. Through games of Feb. 4 , Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists with 6.53 per game (124 in 19 games) and 3rd in steals (1.9 pg.).In the last seven games, Berdiel has provided solid numbers in several areas. The 6'6" junior has averaged 16.0 ppg., 7.9 assists and 3.3 rpg. during the stretch.

DAN OPPLAND PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL: Sophomore Dan Oppland has been the model of consistency. The 6'8" forward, who leads the team in scoring (15.1 ppg.), has tallied double-figure points in 18 of the 19 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds four times. He has been particularly impressive in Mid-Con games, averaging 17.2 ppg. and shooting .559 from the field. Oppland stands 2nd overall in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounding (3.26 pg.), 5th in field goal percentage (.541), 6th in rebounding (6.9 pg.) and 7th in free throw percentage (.802).

GOMES LEADS MID-CON IN BLOCKED SHOTS; RANKS SECOND IN BOARDS: Kikas Gomes leads the Mid-Con in blocked shots (1.9 pg., 37 in 19 games) and ranks 2nd in rebounding (9.4 pg.) through Feb. 4. Gomes, who has nine double-doubles on the season, has blocked 15 shots over the last six games.

VALPO LEADS MID-CON IN DEFENSIVE CATEGORY: The Crusaders have played solid defense this season as evidenced by their leadership of a key Mid-Con defensive category. Valpo tops the league in field goal percentage defense (.414) and stands 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.309).

M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo