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Valpo Travels To Play Oakland Monday

Sunday, January 09, 2005

VALPO (5-9, 1-1) at OAKLAND (3-9, 1-1)

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 10 - 6 p.m. CT ( 7 p.m. ET)

WHERE: Athletics Center 'Orena', Rochester, Michigan

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

TV: live - WYIN 56 - Mid-Con TV Network

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 528-328 in his 28th season and a record at Valpo of 259-206 in his 16th season. Oakland is led by Greg Kampe, who has a career mark of 339-245 in his 21st season and a record at Oakland of 339-245 in his 21st season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 13-0

LAST MEETING: 2003-04: Valpo won 73-64 in the Mid-Con Tournament Quarterfinals on March 7, 2004 in Kansas City.

WYIN 56 TO TELEVISE MONDAY'S GAME LIVE: Monday's game between Valpo and Oakland will be televised live on WYIN 56 at 6 p.m. CT. The game is the second of eight involving Valpo as part of a partnership between VU and WYIN 56 in accordance with the Mid-Continent Conference. Valpo's Thursday home game against UMKC beginning at 7:05 p.m. will also be televised live on WYIN 56.

Valpo travels to play Oakland on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Both teams are coming off Mid-Continent Conference losses on Saturday. Valpo (5-9, 1-1) lost a hard-fought contest to Oral Roberts 75-68. Ron Howard topped the Crusaders with a career-high 24 points, while Dan Oppland added 23. Oakland (3-9, 1-1) fell to IUPUI in Indianapolis as Cortney Scott scored 17 points, Kris Krzyminski added 11 and Rawle Marshall had 10 for the Golden Grizzlies.

HOWARD DISPLAYS COMPLETE GAME: Ron Howard has displayed all-around skills this season. Over the last six games, Howard has tallied 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He had a career-high 24 points on Saturday against ORU.

COLCLASURE COMING ON STRONG: Junior Seth Colclasure has enjoyed a successful campaign. Over the last nine games, Colclasure has averaged 10.4 points, including a career-high 16 points in a win over Longwood and 15 points each in victories over Penn State and Northwestern State. He ranks 3rd in the Mid-Con in 3-point field goal percentage, draining .482 (27-56) from beyond the arc.

VALPO's SCHEDULE: 21st TOUGHEST IN THE NATION: According to the Sagarin Ratings through games of Jan.7, Valpo's schedule is the 21st most difficult in the nation.

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 (12), freshman Shawn Huff (5), sophomore Kenny Harris (8) and freshmen Jarryd Loyd (4) have missed a total of 29 games due to injuries. Berdiel and Harris are out of action indefinitely. Valpo played with eight scholarship players eight straight games from Dec. 11-Jan. 4.

VALPO 7th NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW%; OPPLAND LEADS MID-CON IN FREE THROW%, RANKS 5th IN SCORING: As a team, Valpo leads the Mid-Con and is 7th nationally in free throw % (.765). Dan Oppland leads the Mid-Continent Conference in free throw percentage through games of Jan. 5. Oppland has converted .841 of his charity tosses (74-88). He stands 5th in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and 9th in rebounding (6.4 pg.). Jimmie Miles is 4th in free throw percentage (.811).
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