The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program officially welcomed its newest member on Wednesday as Goodnews Kpegeol (St. Paul, Minn. / North [Southwest Mississippi CC / Kansas State]) has signed his national letter of intent to join head coach Matt Lottich’s team.
The campus, community, conference and nation witnessed the 2019-2020 Valparaiso University men’s basketball team accomplish something special in March, but those within the program knew they had something special long before the team arrived in St. Louis for the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The Valpo Athletics family is saddened by the loss of Bob Metcalf ’50, who was inducted into the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 after his career as a men’s basketball standout from 1946-1950.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program is currently searching for students who are interested in joining the program as student managers for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, head coach Matt Lottich’s team did more than hold its own, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round.
Valparaiso University men’s basketball sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) added another honor to his long list of accolades from the 2019-2020 season on Monday as he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District First Team for District 16.
After making an unprecedented run to the Missouri Valley Conference title game by becoming the lowest seed to reach the final game in the 30-year history of Arch Madness, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell a victory shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament with an 80-66 loss to Bradley on Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, a game that was played in front of a coast-to-coast national television audience on CBS.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play for the Missouri Valley Conference title and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament that goes along with it on Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Seventh-seeded Valpo’s unlikely run to the championship game has featured victories over Evansville, Loyola and Missouri State. Now, one win separates the program from its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. In order to punch a ticket to the Big Dance, Valpo will have to knock off defending Arch Madness champion Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
Valparaiso University star sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) once again put on his Super Man cape during Saturday night’s Missouri Valley Conference semifinal at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.