Valpo Basketball Weekly: Nov. 29

Head coach Roger Powell Jr. joined Brandon Vickrey for Valpo Basketball Weekly presented by Lakeshore Bone & Joint. They talk about the play of MVC Freshman of the Week Cooper Schwieger, Ola Ajiboye's big night and the team's 2-0 week. Plus, they preview Wednesday's MVC opener vs. Drake.

Schwieger Named MVC Freshman of the Week

For the second consecutive week, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program received recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference office, this time in the form of Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) being named the league’s Freshman of the Week.

Valpo to Tip Off MVC Play Against Preseason Favorite Drake

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will open up Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday night as the Beacons host Drake in head coach Roger Powell Jr.’s first-ever league game at the helm of a program. Valpo will continue a home-heavy stretch by playing its sixth home game in the season’s first seven contests and its third straight at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the defending MVC champions come to town. Valpo is seeking a third straight victory, its fourth win in five games and its fifth victory in the season’s first seven contests.

Valpo Pulls Away From Southern in Final Tune-up Before MVC Play

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, handling every Southern push with poise as the Jaguars trimmed what was a 15-point first-half deficit to as few as one on several occasions, but each time the Beacons had the answer to stay ahead. The hosts knocked down their free throws in the final minute to pull away for a 71-59 victory in the last nonconference game prior to Wednesday’s start of Missouri Valley Conference action.

Men's Basketball Hosts Southern to Round Out Multi-Team Event

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play its third and final game of a multi-team event featuring Illinois, Western Illinois and Southern as the Jaguars come to town for a post-Thanksgiving faceoff on Saturday afternoon. This will mark the final nonconference contest prior to the Missouri Valley Conference opener next Wednesday, Nov. 29 vs. Drake. This also continues a home-heavy stretch where six of the team’s first seven games are taking place at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Bench Steps Up, Lifts Valpo Past Western Illinois

When the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team went to the bench on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Beacons didn’t miss a beat. The underclassmen trio of Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute), Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]) and Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario Canada / Royal Crown Academy) combined for 41 bench points, playing a pivotal role in Valpo’s 73-66 home win over Western Illinois.

Stafford Named MVC Newcomer of the Week

After a strong week highlighted by a stellar first half on Friday night at No. 23 Illinois, Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

Men's Basketball Welcomes Western Illinois in Final Game Before Thanksgiving

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will return home to continue a stretch of playing six of their first seven within the confines of the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo will clash with Western Illinois on Tuesday in the first of three straight at home including two this week sandwiched around the Thanksgiving holiday. The matchup with the Leathernecks, in their first season of Ohio Valley Conference membership, continues a trend of Valpo facing old conference foes this season as the two teams shared league affiliation from 1982-2007.

Valpo Puts No. 23 Illinois on Upset Watch with Superb First Half, Illini Flip Script After Halftime

A night that started with a focus on the past ended with an emphasis on the future for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program.