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Valpo Entertains First Place UMKC

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

VALPO (6-9, 2-1) vs. UMKC (4-7, 3-0)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 13 - 7:05 p.m. CT

WHERE: ARC, Valparaiso, Indiana

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

TV: live - WYIN 56 - Dick Harlan and Joe Arredondo announcing.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 529-328 in his 28th season and a record at Valpo of 260-206 in his 16th season. UMKC is led by Rich Zvosec who has a career mark of 149-200 in his 13th season and a record at UMKC of 46-52 in his 4th season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 19-4

LAST MEETING: 2003-04: Valpo won 90-78 in the Mid-Con Tournament Semifinals on March 8, 2004 in Kansas City.

WYIN 56 TO TELEVISE THURSDAY'S GAME LIVE: Thursday's game between Valpo and UMKC will be televised live on WYIN 56 at 7 p.m. CT. The game is the third of eight involving Valpo as part of a partnership between VU and WYIN 56 in accordance with the Mid-Continent Conference.

Following an impressive 87-78 road victory over Oakland Monday night, Valpo on Thursday hosts UMKC, which is undefeated and in first place in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Crusaders (6-9, 2-1 Mid-Con) scorched the nets at a 60 percent clip in producing their season-high point total. Four Valpo players scored in double figures, led by Dan Oppland's 23 points and seven rebounds. Ron Howard tallied 18 points and five assists, while Seth Colclasure had a double-double with 10 points and a career high 10 assists. Jarryd Loyd added a career-high 10 points and five assists.

UMKC (4-7, 3-0) and Chicago State (2-0) are the only undefeated teams remaining in conference play. The Kangaroos, who were winless after their first seven games, have won four straight since transfers Quinton Day and Tim Blackwell became eligible following Fall Semester. Day, a sophomore guard who transferred from USC, is averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 assists and 2.0 steals. Blackwell, a redshirt freshman guard, is scoring 9.7 points after transferring from Creighton. Center Carlton Aaron was named Mid-Con Player of the Week last week.

OPPLAND RACKING UP THE POINTS: Dan Oppland, who has scored in double figures in 13 straight games, is averaging 20.3 ppg. over the last four games. The 6'8" junior has scored 888 career points.

VALPO M.A.S.H. UNIT: Homer Drew has been forced to juggle a unit that has been besieged with injuries this season. Four players - senior point guard Ali Berdiel (13), freshman Shawn Huff (5), sophomore Kenny Harris (9) and freshmen Jarryd Loyd (4) have missed a total of 31 games due to injuries. Berdiel and Harris are out of action indefinitely. Jimmie Miles will not play Thursday after suffering an injury against Oakland. Valpo played with eight scholarship players eight straight games from Dec. 11-Jan. 4 and is slated to play with eight Thursday.

VALPO's SCHEDULE: 20th TOUGHEST IN THE NATION: According to the Sagarin Ratings through games of Jan.11, Valpo's schedule is the 20th most difficult in the nation.

VALPO 7th NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW%; OPPLAND LEADS MID-CON IN FREE THROW%, RANKS 3rd IN SCORING: As a team, Valpo leads the Mid-Con and is 7th nationally in free throw % (.764). Dan Oppland leads the Mid-Con in free throw percentage through games of Jan. 12. Oppland has converted .835 of his charity tosses (76-91). He stands 3rd in scoring (17.2 ppg.) and 9th in rebounding (6.4 pg.). Jimmie Miles is 4th in free throw percentage (.811). Seth Colclasure ranks 3rd in the league in 3-point percentage (.460).
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. #21/21 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