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Regular Season Champ Valpo Opposes Oakland in Mid-Con Tournament

Friday, March 05, 2004

#1 VALPO (15-12, 11-5) vs. #8 OAKLAND (13-16, 6-10)

WHEN: Sunday, March 7 - noon CST

WHERE: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri

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

TV: none

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 520-318 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 251-196 in his 15th season. Oakland is led by Greg Kampe, who has a career mark of 336-235 in his 20th season and a record at Oakland of 336-235 in his 20th season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 12-0
2004 MEETINGS: Valpo is 2-0 vs. Oakland this season.
Jan. 3 - Valpo won 79-76 at Oakland
Jan. 29 - Valpo won 77-72 in Valparaiso

LAST GAME: Valpo defeated Chicago State 74-66 on Tuesday in Valparaiso. Oakland defeated Western Illinois 88-59 on Feb. 28 in Rochester, Michigan.

NEXT UP: The winner of the Valpo-Oakland game advances to Monday's semifinals at 6 p.m. against the Oral Roberts-UMKC winner. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Valpo, the regular season champion and #1 seed, will face #8 seed Oakland on Sunday at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Crusaders (15-12) defeated the Golden Grizzlies (13-16) in both meetings during the season. Valpo won 79-76 at Oakland on Jan. 3 as Dan Oppland scored a career-high 23 points and Ali Berdiel added 20. On Jan. 29 at Valpo, the Crusaders bested Oakland 77-72 as seniors Kikas Gomes and Roberto Nieves netted 16 points each.

MID-CON TOURNEY BRACKETS: Following the Valpo-Oakland game on Sunday, #4 Oral Roberts will play #5 UMKC at 2:30 p.m., #2 IUPUI battles #7 Southern Utah at 6 p.m., and #3 Centenary opposes # 6 Chicago State at 8:30 p.m. The Valpo-Oakland winner faces the ORU-UMKC winner in Monday's semifinals at 6 p.m., while the IUPUI-SUU winner plays the Centenary-CSU winner at 8:30 p.m.. The semifinals will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The championship will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The tournament champion will claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

VALPO SEEKING 8th TOURNAMENT TITLE: Valpo has captured seven Mid-Con Tournament titles - all in the last nine years. The Crusaders have appeared in nine straight conference tournament championship games - the only school in the nation to accomplish this feat during this span. Since 1995, Valpo owns a 22-2 record in Mid-Con Tournament games, including a 20-1 mark under the guidance of head coach Homer Drew.

GOMES NEEDS 12 TO REACH 1,000-POINT MILESTONE: Kikas Gomes, a Second Team All-Mid-Con selection, is approaching the 1,000-point milestone in his three-plus years career. The senior from Angola, who averages 12.6 ppg., has scored 988 points. Gomes is also climbing Valpo's all-time blocked shots list, ranking 3rd with 108. With 673 career rebounds, Gomes stands 8th on Valpo's all-time list and needs 9 to move into 7th. He leads the Mid-Con in blocked shots (1.89 pg., 51 in 27 games) and stands 2nd in rebounding (9.0 pg.) through March 6. Gomes, who has 12 double-doubles on the season, has blocked 29 shots over the last 14 games.

DAN OPPLAND CONTINUES STELLAR PLAY: Sophomore Dan Oppland, a Second Team All-Mid-Con selection, has been particularly red-hot in the last portion of the season. The 6'8" forward, who leads the team in scoring (15.4 ppg.), has tallied double-figure points in 25 of the 27 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds six times. He has been impressive in Mid-Con games, averaging 17.1 ppg. and shooting .568 from the field. Oppland stands 2nd overall in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounding (3.22 pg.), 3rd in field goal percentage (.541), 6th in rebounding (7.2 pg.), 8th in free throw percentage (.776) and 9th in scoring.

BERDIEL 16th NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Ali Berdiel, a Second Team All-Mid-Con selection, ranks 16th in the nation in assists (5.96 pg.) through March 1. The junior has vaulted up Valpo's all-time charts in assists and steals. Berdiel ranks 4th in assists with 365 and 9th in steals with 137. This season, Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists and 3rd in steals (1.81 pg.).

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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