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HOME OPENER MONDAY NIGHT AT 7:05 P.M. AGAINST IUSB

Friday, November 25, 2005

IU-SOUTH BEND (0-6) at VALPARAISO (1-0)

WHEN: Monday, November 28, 7:05 p.m.

WHERE: Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000)

RADIO: Valpo Sports Radio Network (95.1 FM, WVUR, 95.9 FM, WEFM, 1270 AM, Relevant Radio, 1500 AM, WAKE). Todd Ickow will handle the play-by-play with Brent Whitlock providing the color commentary.

TV: None

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Homer Drew, who is in his 29th season of coaching, and 17th with the Crusaders. He is 539-336 overall and 270-213 at Valpo. IUSB is led by Micah Shrewsberry who is 0-6 in his first season with the Titans and overall.

BEHIND THE SERIES: Homer Drew and the Crusaders are 2-0 all-time against the coach's former team, twice knocking off the Titans at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Drew coached one season at IUSB, 1987-88, immediately before beginning his run with the Crusaders. Six years later, Drew's Crusaders took down IUSB 92-60 en route to a 20-8 record and the start of a six-year run of 20+ win seasons. Then, to open the 2000-01 season, Valpo again beat IUSB, 80-66. That Crusader team went on to finish 24-8, ultimately falling to Southern Utah in the Mid-Con title game.

FORT WAYNE ESCAPE: Valpo opened up a 17-point lead midway through the first half, but watched it slowly whittled away before coming back to defeat IPFW 74-68 Wednesday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. Dan Oppland led the way with 26 points and eight rebounds, and Mohamed Kone began his Crusader career with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double in the winning effort.

HELLO, GOODBYE: Monday's game against the Titans is Valpo's first home game of the season but last for nearly a month, as they will take to the road for a six-game swing against top-flight opponents like Marquette, Charlotte and Duke. The Crusaders do not return to the Athletics-Recreation Center until they open conference play on December 27 against UMKC. Monday's matchup is one of four home non-conference games this season, as the Brown and Gold will host IPFW, Longwood, and a to-be-determined opponent in the ESPN Bracket Buster event.

THE SAVVY SIX SCORES: Thanks to a 2004-05 team that didn't lose a single player to graduation, this year's Valpo squad features a six-member senior class. Dan Oppland, Ron Howard, Seth Colclasure, Mohamed Kone, Ali Berdiel and Jim Hooper combined to give the Brown and Gold 52 points and 29 rebounds in the Crusaders' season-opening win over IPFW.

KENNY HARRIS FOUNDATION UNVEILED: Before Monday's game, Dave Hooper, brother of Crusader guard Jim, will announce the formation of the Kenny Harris Foundation, aimed to raise money for student-athletes in need of ongoing medical assistance. Harris, the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference Sixth Man of the Year, collapsed April 11, 2005 in a supervised workout at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Monday, Harris will address the crowd and Valpo community before the game, and will be on-hand with Hooper and other friends and supporters to collect money and raise awareness of the foundation.

DAN STILL THE MAN: Senior forward Dan Oppland opened his season Wednesday with a bang, scoring 13 of Valpo's first 17 points and leading the Crusaders to a victory. It was the seventh time in his last eight games that he has scored at least 20 points, and the fifth straight game he led the team in scoring. Oppland's career numbers also continue to improve, with the senior sitting 16th all-time in scoring, just 13 behind Darryl Ashby, and 12th all-time in rebounding. Oppland earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore, improved to the First Team last season, and was placed on the preseason First Team this year.

LOYD SHINES IN STARTING ROLE: Sophomore point guard Jarryd Loyd was thrust into the spotlight early in his freshman season, making his first collegiate start in his third game, filling in for the injured Ali Berdiel. Since that game, in which he dished out nine assists, Loyd has not given up the starting job, parlaying his efforts last season into a strong start this year. Loyd keyed a 10-0 Crusader run late in the second half Wednesday with bookend three-pointers, finishing with 12 points (the second highest output of his career) and three assists in the win. The Lincolnwood, Ill. native hit both of his attempts from beyond the three-point line, and committed only one turnover in 20 minutes of play.

BIG MO BREAKS OUT: After a quiet exhibition debut, highly-touted juco transfer Mohamed Kone busted out in a big way in the November 12 exhibition win over Calumet. Kone played just 24 minutes but scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting), grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked two shots and had four assists. Rated the top junior college center in America by a number of scouting services last year, the 6'11" Kone posted his first career double-double in his first regular season game Wednesday at IPFW. Kone finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) in a team-high 32 minutes, and also blocked two shots.

HOWARD'S END: Senior Ron Howard, winner of Valpo's 2005 Homer Drew Sr. Most Improved Player Award, comes into this season looking to turn that momentum into another all-conference season. Howard scored 13.8 points/game last season, eight more than he did as a sophomore, and racked up 116 assists, tops on the team. Dangerous driving to the basket and from the outside, Howard picked up his game in conference last year, scoring 16.6 points/game and earning Second Team All-Conference honors.
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
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 Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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