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Valpo Opposes Chicago State Sunday In Mid-Con Quarterfinal

Friday, March 04, 2005

#3 VALPO (15-15, 10-6) vs. #6 CHICAGO STATE (8-18, 7-9)

WHEN: Sunday, March 6 - 8:30 p.m. CT

WHERE: John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC,
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

TV: none

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Homer Drew, who has a career record of 538-334 in his 28th season and a record at Valpo of 269-212 in his 16th season. Chicago State is led by Kevin Jones, who has a career mark of 20-50 in his 3rd season and a record at CSU of 20-50 in his 3rd season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 26-1
2005 MEETINGS: Valpo leads 2-0
Jan. 20 - Valpo won 77-67 in Chicago
Feb. 7 - Valpo won 76-69 in Valparaiso

VALPO vs. CHICAGO STATE IN MID-CON TOURNAMENT: Valpo owns a 5-0 record against Chicago State in the Mid-Con Tournament. All quarterfinal games, the Crusaders defeated the Cougars in 2003 (82-62), 2002 (81-50), 2001 (84-72), 1999 (81-43) and 1996 (118-83). Sunday's game marks the first time Valpo (#3 seed) has played Chicago State (#6 seed) when the Crusaders were not the #1 seed.

Valpo, the 3rd seed, opens its defense of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title on Sunday by opposing 6th seed Chicago State at 8:30 p.m. at Tulsa's John Q. Hammons Arena.

The Crusaders (15-15, 10-6) defeated the Cougars in both meetings this season. Valpo won 77-67 at Chicago State on Jan. 20 as Dan Oppland scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. On Feb. 7 in Valparaiso, the Crusaders won 76-69, led by Ron Howard's 21 points and eight boards.

NEXT UP IN THE MID-CON TOURNEY: The winner of the Valpo-Chicago State game will play the winner of Saturday's 8:30 p.m. UMKC-Oakland quarterfinal on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The Oral Roberts-Southern Utah winner (Sat., 6 p.m.) will oppose the IUPUI-Western Illinois winner (Sun., 6 p.m.) on Monday at 6 p.m. The championship is Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

VALPO 8-TIME TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: Valpo has captured eight Mid-Con Tournament titles - all in the last 10 years. The Crusaders have appeared in 10 straight conference tournament championship games - the only school in the nation to accomplish this feat during this span.

VALPO RANKS 3rd NATIONALLY IN 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Valpo ranks 3rd in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage through games of Feb. 28. The Crusaders, who led the nation for three straight weeks, own a 41.7 percentage. Oklahoma State owns the top spot, shooting 43.2 percent. Samford ranks 2nd (42.4).

OPPLAND MAINTAINS CONSISTENCY: Dan Oppland, who earned First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team honors, ranks 3rd in the Mid-Con and 41st nationally in scoring with 18.6 ppg. The 6'8" junior has scored 1,187 points. In addition to scoring in double figures in 27 of the 30 games, Oppland is averaging 20.1 ppg. in Mid-Con games (ranks tied for 3rd). Overall, he also stands 3rd in the league in free throw percentage (.768) and 8th in field goal percentage (.523).

HOWARD MAKING AN IMPACT: Junior Ron Howard, who earned Second Team All-Mid-Con honors, has elevated his game to a higher level this season. Valpo's second-leading scorer (14.0 ppg.), Howard ranks among the Mid-Con leaders in assists (8th, 3.7) and free throw % (6th, .750). Howard averages 16.6 ppg. in Mid-Con games, ranking 8th.

VALPO'S CHAMPIONSHIP DECADE: Valpo lives in elite company when it comes to conference championships. By winning either or both the Mid-Con regular season or tournament championships in each of the last 10 years, Valpo trails only Kentucky (11) for the longest title stretch in the nation during that span.

CHAMPIONSHIP RUN NATION'S BEST: By winning or sharing nine of the last 11 Mid-Con regular season titles, Valpo has won the most regular season championships of any school in the nation during that span.

20 WINS FOR 9 OF LAST 11: Entering the 2004-05 season, the Crusaders have won 20-or-more games in nine of the last 11 seasons. Since 1993-94, Valpo has compiled a 252-121 record - a .676 winning percentage.

NCAA REGULARS: Valpo's entry into the NCAA Tournament has been a habit since 1996. The Crusaders have appeared in seven Big Dances (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004), including advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1998.

OPPLAND NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM: Valparaiso University's Dan Oppland was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team by the nation's sports information directors. Oppland previously earned Academic All-District V honors, an accolade he also achieved as a sophomore. Five players each were named to the Academic All-America First, Second and Third teams. A junior forward from St. Louis, Mo./Whitfield, Oppland has earned a 3.490 cumulative grade point average in physical education/sports management.

VALPO M.A.S.H. UNIT: Homer Drew has been forced to juggle a unit that has been besieged with injuries this season. Five players - senior point guard Ali Berdiel (28), freshman Shawn Huff (5), sophomore Kenny Harris (10), freshman Jarryd Loyd (4) and sophomore Jimmie Miles (5) have missed a total of 52 games due to injuries. Berdiel is out of action indefinitely. Valpo has played with eight scholarship players in nine games this season.

COLCLASURE 4th IN MID-CON IN 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Seth Colclasure stands 4th in the Mid-Continent Conference in 3-point percentage. Colclasure owns a .457 mark, making 64 of 140 from beyond the arc.

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 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