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Valpo Tabbed Eighth in Horizon League Preseason Poll
Howard Little is one of three returning starters for this year's Crusader squad. (Ray Acevedo)
Howard Little is one of three returning starters for this year's Crusader squad. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League for the 2009-10 season, according to polling of the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and media members.

Butler, last season’s regular season champion, was picked as the league’s preseason favorite, picking up 43 of a possible 46 first place votes.  Wright State was selected second, while 2009 tournament champion Cleveland State was picked third.  Milwaukee, Green Bay, Detroit and Youngstown State were picked fourth through seventh, while UIC and Loyola rounded out the polling.

The Crusaders return six letterwinners, including a trio of starters, from last year’s squad.  Valpo’s first game will be an exhibition matchup against Indianapolis on Nov. 1, while the regular season commences Nov. 13 at Ball State. 

 

 

Team

Points (1st)

1.

Butler

455 (43)

2.

Wright State

398 (1)

3.

Cleveland State

324 (2)

4.

Milwaukee

314

5.

Green Bay

273

6.

Detroit

209

7.

Youngstown State

197

8.

Valparaiso

137

9.

UIC

126

10.

Loyola

97