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First-Place Valpo Travels To Play Southern Utah Saturday

Thursday, February 19, 2004

VALPO (13-10, 10-4 Mid-Con) at SOUTHERN UTAH

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 21 - 8:35 p.m. CST

WHERE: Centrum, Cedar City, Utah

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

TV: (tape-delay) - Comcast Cable - Channel 43 in Valparaiso - Dick Harlan announcing. Airs Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 518-316 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 249-194 in his 15th season. Southern Utah is led by Bill Evans, who has a career mark of 168-171 in his 12th season and a record at Southern Utah of 168-171 in his 12th season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 11-4
LAST MEETING: Jan. 24, 2004 - Valpo won 76-69 in Valpo.

LAST GAME: Valpo defeated UMKC 70-60 on Saturday in Valparaiso. Southern Utah lost at Centenary 86-44 on Saturday in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Thunderbirds host Western Illinois on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. CST.

NEXT UP: Valpo plays at Duke next Thursday at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2.

Winners of nine of its last 10 games, Valpo (13-10, 10-4) is back in first place in the Mid-Continent Conference. On Saturday, the Crusaders oppose Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah. The Thunderbirds owned 8-15 overall and 4-8 Mid-Con records prior to hosting Western Illinois on Thursday. In the earlier meeting between Valpo and Southern Utah on Jan. 24 in Valparaiso, Ali Berdiel scored 21 points and dished out 10 assists in a 76-69 Crusader victory.

Valpo ran its winning streak to three by defeating UMKC 70-60 last Saturday. Dan Oppland (19 pts., 10 reb.) and Kikas Gomes (17 pts., 10 reb.) recorded double-doubles. The Crusaders, who have two Mid-Con games remaining (March 2 vs. Chicago State), can clinch at least a tie for the regular season championship by winning both contests.

DAN OPPLAND NAMED CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT V: Dan Oppland was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V University Division Team by the district's sports information directors. A 6'8" sophomore forward from St. Louis, Mo./Whitfield, Oppland has earned a 3.436 grade point average in sports management. Oppland leads the Crusaders with 15.5 ppg. He averages 6.9 rpg. and owns a .553 field goal percentage. Oppland's name will now appear on the ballot for Academic All-America.

DAN OPPLAND CONTINUES STELLAR PLAY: Sophomore Dan Oppland, who has demonstrated consistency all season, has been particularly red-hot in recent games. Over the last five games, Oppland has averaged 18.4 ppg., scoring a career-high 23 points vs. Chicago State and 22 each against Western Illinois and Centenary. The 6'8" forward, who leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg.), has tallied double-figure points in 21 of the 23 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds five times. He has been impressive in Mid-Con games, averaging 17.3 ppg. and shooting .571 from the field. Oppland stands tied for 2nd overall in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounding (3.04 pg.), 3rd in field goal percentage (.553), tied for 5th in rebounding (6.9 pg.), 7th in free throw percentage (.790) and 9th in scoring.

GOMES NEARING 1,000-POINT MILESTONE: Kikas Gomes is approaching the 1,000-point milestone in his three-plus years career. The senior from Angola, who averages 12.7 ppg., has scored 940 points. Gomes is also climbing Valpo's all-time blocked shots list, ranking 3rd with 102. With 642 career rebounds, Gomes needs three to move into 10th and five to vault into 9th on Valpo's all-time list.

BERDIEL 11th NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Ali Berdiel ranks 11th in the nation in assists (6.52 pg.) through Feb. 16. The junior has vaulted up Valpo's all-time charts in assists and steals. Berdiel ranks 7th in assists with 354 and 9th in steals with 133. This season, Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists and 2nd in steals (1.96 pg.).

GOMES LEADS MID-CON IN BLOCKED SHOTS; RANKS 2nd IN REBOUNDING: Kikas Gomes leads the Mid-Con in blocked shots (1.96 pg., 45 in 23 games) and stands 2nd in rebounding (9.2 pg.) through Feb. 18. Gomes, who has 10 double-doubles on the season, has blocked 23 shots over the last 10 games.



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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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
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
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