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1997-1998 Men's Basketball Team to be Inducted into Valpo's Hall of Fame on February 28
1997-1998 Men's Basketball Team: Hall of Fame Class of 2009
1997-1998 Men's Basketball Team: Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Possibly more than any other single team at Valparaiso University, the 1997-1998 men’s basketball team put the school on the national radar following its improbable run to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and, on February 28, the team will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

The Crusaders posted a 23-10 record overall that season, won the Mid-Continent Conference for the fourth consecutive year and entered the NCAA Tournament as the 13-seed in the Midwest Region. 

A 70-69 upset win over Mississippi thanks to “The Shot” and an 83-77 overtime win over Florida State sent the Crusaders to Saint Louis for the regional semifinals.  A six-point loss to Rhode Island ended the season a step away from the Elite Eight, but head coach Homer Drew’s squad finished the season ranked 23rd in the country in the final USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, the first time the Brown and Gold ever cracked the national rankings.

Members of the 1997-1998 basketball team are: Bryce Drew, Cory Gibson, Aric Graham, Bill Jenkins, Bob Jenkins, Jason Jenkins, Jared Nuness, Jay Phifer, Marko Punda, Chris Sparks, Jamie Sykes, Aaron Thomason, Tony Vilcinskas, and Zoran Viskovic.  The managers were Jason Baldwin, Matt Couser, John Gresley and Paul Ziemba.

The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Harre Union.  The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of both the men’s and women’s basketball games on the same day.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler