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Valpo Travels To Play UMKC; Crusaders Begin Three-Game Road Swing Thursday

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

VALPO (4-7, 1-1 Mid-Con) at UMKC (5-7, 1-1 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 8 - 7 p.m. CST

WHERE: ARC, Valparaiso, Indiana

RADIO: WEFM (95.9, Michigan City), WVUR-FM (95.1, Valparaiso) - Todd Ickow and Drew Wolf announcing.

TV: - none

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 509-313 in his 27th season and a record at Valpo of 240-191 in his 15th season. UMKC is led by Rich Zvosec, who has a career mark of 135-186 in his 12th season and a record at UMKC of 32-38 in his 3rd season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 17-3
LAST MEETING: 2002-03 - Valpo won 71-50 in Mid-Con Tournament Semifinals.

LAST GAME: Valpo lost to IUPUI 79-67 on Monday in Valparaiso. UMKC defeated Chicago State 84-66 on Monday in Chicago.

NEXT UP: Valpo travels to play at Oral Roberts on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

A challenging early Mid-Con schedule continues on Thursday for Valpo as the Crusaders travel to play at UMKC beginning at 7 p.m. Valpo (4-7, 1-1) had a two-game winning streak snapped with Monday's 79-67 loss to IUPUI at the ARC. Three Crusaders scored in double figures as Dan Oppland and Ali Berdiel had 14 points, and Roberto Nieves netted 12. Kikas Gomes tied his career-high with five blocked shots. After UMKC, the Crusaders travel to Tulsa to play Oral Roberts on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

DAN OPPLAND ON A ROLL: Sophomore Dan Oppland has been very consistent the entire season. The 6'8" forward took over the team scoring lead (13.7 ppg.) after his career-high 23-point performance at Oakland. Oppland, who was selected to the Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team, averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two games. Overall, he has scored in double figures in 10 of the 11 games and grabbed twin-digit rebounds three times.

GOMES MID-CON'S TOP REBOUNDER: Kikas Gomes, who is leading the Mid-Con in rebounding (10.1 pg.), has been a major factor on the boards over the last month. The 6'8" senior has averaged 11.4 rebounds over the last seven games. Gomes has six double-figure rebounding games over the last seven contests and has recorded five double-doubles (points and rebounds) during that span. He stands second on Valpo in scoring (12.5 ppg.) overall.

GOMES LEADS MID-CON IN BLOCKED SHOTS: In addition to topping the league in rebounding, Kikas Gomes leads the Mid-Con in blocked shots (2.0, 22 total) through Jan. 7. Gomes also leads the league in defensive rebounds (8.0 pg.).

HOWARD A DEFENSIVE PRESENCE: One of the major keys to Saturday's win over Oakland was Ron Howard's defense on the Golden Grizzlies' leading scorer Mike Helms. In the second half, Howard helped limit Helms to 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

BERDIEL 2nd IN MID-CON IN ASSISTS: Junior Ali Berdiel ranks 2nd in the Mid-Con in assists through Jan. 7. The 6'6" guard averages 5.82 apg. (64 in 11 games).

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. 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