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Valpo Shoots For Outright Mid-Con Title Tuesday Against Chicago State

Monday, March 01, 2004

VALPO (14-12, 10-5) vs. CHICAGO STATE (11-18, 9-6

WHEN: Tuesday, March 2 - 7:05 p.m. CST

WHERE: ARC, Valparaiso, Indiana

RADIO: WEFM (95.9, Michigan City), WVUR-FM (95.1, Valparaiso) - Todd Ickow and Andrew Stem announcing. WEFM will not air game live, but will produce live updates and air a taped version of the conclusion and post-game.

TV: none

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 519-318 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 250-196 in his 15th season. Chicago State is led by Kevin Jones, who has a career mark of 11-30 in his 2nd season and a record at IPFW of 11-30 in his 2nd season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 23-1
LAST MEETING: Feb. 7, 2004 - Valpo won 79-68 in Chicago.

LAST GAME: Valpo defeated IPFW 83-61 on Saturday in Valparaiso. Chicago State defeated Centenary 68-54 on Saturday in Chicago.

NEXT UP: Valpo plays a quarterfinal game on Sunday in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Kansas City.

On Tuesday, Valpo (14-12, 10-5) can capture the outright Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship with a victory over Chicago State (11-18, 9-6). The Crusaders, who have already claimed a share of their 9th Mid-Con regular season title, can secure the #1 seed in next week's Mid-Con Tournament with a win over the Cougars. If Chicago State wins, it will force a five-way tie for the regular season title (with IUPUI, Centenary and Oral Roberts). The result of Tuesday's game will determine the seeding for six of the eight teams in the Mid-Con Tourney.

MID-CON TOURNEY IS NEXT: The Mid-Con Tournament will be played Sunday-Tuesday, March 7-9 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. The four quarterfinal games will be played on Sunday at noon, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The semifinals will be Monday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. The championship will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The tournament champion will claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Valpo, which has won seven tournament titles, has appeared in nine straight Mid-Con Tournament Championship Games.

GOMES NEARING 1,000-POINT MILESTONE: Kikas Gomes is approaching the 1,000-point milestone in his three-plus years career. The senior from Angola, who averages 12.5 ppg., has scored 973 points. Gomes is also climbing Valpo's all-time blocked shots list, ranking 3rd with 108. With 668 career rebounds, Gomes stands 8th on Valpo's all-time list and needs 14 to move into 7th. He leads the Mid-Con in blocked shots (1.96 pg., 51 in 26 games) and stands 2nd in rebounding (9.1 pg.) through March 2. Gomes, who has 12 double-doubles on the season, has blocked 29 shots over the last 13 games.

DREW WINS 250th AT VALPO: With Saturday's victory over IPFW, Homer Drew won his 250th game as Valpo's head coach. Now in his 15th season with the Crusaders, Drew owns a 250-196 record, including eight Mid-Con regular season titles, seven tournament titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances.

DAN OPPLAND CONTINUES STELLAR PLAY: Sophomore Dan Oppland, who has demonstrated consistency all season, has been particularly red-hot in recent games. Over the last eight games, Oppland has averaged 16.8 ppg., scoring a career-high 23 points vs. Chicago State and 22 each against Western Illinois and Centenary. The 6'8" forward, who leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg.), has tallied double-figure points in 24 of the 26 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds five times. He has been impressive in Mid-Con games, averaging 16.9 ppg. and shooting .559 from the field. Oppland stands 2nd overall in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounding (3.20 pg.), 4th in field goal percentage (.535), 6th in rebounding (7.0 pg.), 8th in free throw percentage (.772) and 9th in scoring.

BERDIEL 14th NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Ali Berdiel ranks 14th in the nation in assists (6.0 pg.) through Feb. 23. The junior has vaulted up Valpo's all-time charts in assists and steals. Berdiel ranks 4th in assists with 361 and 9th in steals with 135. This season, Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists and 3rd in steals (1.80 pg.).

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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay