Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Valpo Begins Busy Stretch Tuesday At Arizona State Hoops Classic

Sunday, December 26, 2004

VALPO (2-6) at ARIZONA STATE HOOPS CLASSIC

SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Valpo vs. Penn State - 4:30 p.m. MST (5:30 CT)
Long Island vs. Arizona State - 7 p.m. MST (8 p.m. CT)

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Consolation - 4:30 p.m. MST (5:30 CT)
Championship - 7 p.m. MST (8 p.m. CT)

WHERE: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Arizona

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

TV: None

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 525-325 in his 28th season and a record at Valpo of 256-203 in his 16th season. Penn State is led by Ed DeChellis, who has a career mark of 119-117 in his 9th season and a record at Illinois of 14-24 in his 2nd season.

SERIES RECORDS: Penn State leads 1-0
Arizona State: 0-0; Long Island leads 3-2

LAST MEETINGS: Penn State - 1985-86 - PSU won 52-40; Arizona State - none; Long Island - 1970-71 - LUI won 73-52.

Valpo will be the busiest basketball team in the nation from Dec. 28-31. The Crusaders will play four games in four days beginning with Tuesday's opener of the Arizona State Hoops Classic against Penn State (5-5). Following that contest, Valpo will play either Arizona State or Long Island in the championship or consolation game on Wednesday.

Immediately after the Dec. 29 game, the Crusaders travel to Las Vegas to oppose Northern Iowa Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. PT in the third game of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at Valley High School. Twelve hours upon the completion of the Northern Iowa tilt, Valpo finishes the trek and the calendar year against Longwood at 11 a.m. PT.

VALPO's SCHEDULE: 2nd TOUGHEST IN THE NATION: According to the Sagarin Ratings through games of Dec. 22, Valpo's schedule is the 2nd most difficult in the nation.

VALPO M.A.S.H. UNIT: Homer Drew has been forced to juggle a unit that has been besieged with injuries this season. Three players - senior point guard Ali Berdiel (6), freshman Shawn Huff (3) and sophomore Kenny Harris (2) have missed a total of 11 games due to injuries. Berdiel and Harris are out of action indefinitely. Valpo played with eight scholarship players three straight games from Dec. 11-19.

MILES LEADS MID-CON IN FREE THROW %; LOYD 2nd IN ASSISTS; OPPLAND 3rd IN SCORING: Sophomore Jimmie Miles leads the Mid-Continent Conference in free throw percentage through games of Dec. 22. Miles has converted .897 of his charity tosses (26-29). Jarryd Loyd ranks 2nd in assists (4.4 pg.). Dan Oppland stands 3rd in scoring (17.1 ppg.) and 7th in rebounding (7.0 pg.). Seth Colclasure is 4th in 3-point field goal percentage (.462). As a team, Valpo leads the Mid-Con and is 16th nationally in free throw % (.765).




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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo