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Valpo Concludes Homestand Against Oakland Thursday

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

VALPO (8-9, 5-3 Mid-Con) vs. OAKLAND (8-12, 2-6 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 29 - 7:05 p.m. CST

WHERE: ARC, Valparaiso, Indiana

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

TV: (tape-delay) - Channel 56 - Dick Harlan and Joe Arredondo announcing. Airs same night at 9 p.m. Comcast Cable - Channel 43 in Valparaiso - Airs Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 513-315 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 244-193 in his 15th season. Oakland is led by Greg Kampe, who has a career mark of 331-231 in his 20th season and a record at Oakland of 331-231 in his 20th season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 11-0
LAST MEETING: Jan. 3, 2004 - Valpo won 79-76 at Oakland

LAST GAME: Valpo defeated Southern Utah 76-69 on Saturday in Valparaiso. Oakland defeated UMKC 82-67 on Saturday in Rochester, Michigan.

NEXT UP: Valpo travels to play at Western Illinois Saturday at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Valpo (8-9, 5-3 Mid-Con) takes a four-game winning streak against Oakland (8-12, 2-6). The game concludes a four-game homestand for the Crusaders. After defeating Southern Utah 76-69 last Saturday, Valpo moved into a tie for third place in the Mid-Con with Chicago State (4-2). The Crusaders trail first-place Oral Roberts (6-2) by one game and second-place IUPUI (5-2) by a half game.

Against Southern Utah, Ali Berdiel recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists, while picking off a career-high five steals. Roberto Nieves tallied a season-high 17 points and six rebounds. Kikas Gomes contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, and Dan Oppland added 14 points and seven boards. Valpo travels to play Western Illinois Saturday at 8 p.m.

BERDIEL DEMONSTRATES COMPLETE GAME: In the last five games, Ali Berdiel has provided solid numbers in several areas. The 6'6" junior has averaged 17.4 ppg., 8.6 assists and 3.6 rpg. during the stretch. Through games of Jan. 28, Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists with 6.59 per game (112 in 17 games) and 5th in steals (1.82 pg.).

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 (14.8 ppg.), has tallied double-figure points in 16 of the 17 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds three times. He has been particularly impressive in Mid-Con games, averaging 17.1 ppg. and shooting .598 from the field. Oppland stands 2nd overall in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounding (3.24 pg.), 4th in field goal percentage (.559), 7th in rebounding (6.8 pg.) and 10th in free throw percentage (.787).

GOMES LEADS MID-CON IN REBOUNDS, BLOCKED SHOTS: Kikas Gomes, who has nine double-doubles on the season, leads the Mid-Con in both rebounding (9.9 pg.) and blocked shots (2.0 pg., 34 in 17 games) through Jan. 28. Gomes has blocked 12 shots over the last four games.

FRESHMEN MILES, SYLLA, HARRIS MAKING NOISE: Freshmen Jimmie Miles, Oumar Sylla and Kenny Harris have been coming on strong recently. Miles scored a team-high 17 points against Western Illinois. Sylla, who has become a major defensive force, established his career high for the second straight game with 13 points against Centenary after netting 10 versus Western Illinois. Harris has ignited Valpo off the bench in the pivot, scoring a career-best nine points against Centenary and grabbing a career-most seven rebounds against WIU.

VALPO LEADS MID-CON IN TWO DEFENSIVE CATEGORIES: The Crusaders have played solid defense this season as evidenced by their leadership of two Mid-Con categories. Valpo tops the league in field goal percentage defense (.413) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.307).

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
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
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