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Valpo Plays At Iowa Monday In NIT On ESPN

Sunday, March 16, 2003

VALPO (20-10) at IOWA (15-13)

WHEN: Monday, March 17 - 8 p.m. CST

WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

TV: - ESPN

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

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Scott Drew, who has a career record of 20-10 in his 1st season. Iowa is led by Steve Alford, who has a career mark of 227-134 in his 12th season.

SERIES RECORD: First Meeting

LAST GAME: Valpo lost to IUPUI 66-64 last Tuesday in the Mid-Continent Tournament Championship Game. Iowa lost to Ohio State 66-64 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.

Valpo (20-10) travels to play Iowa (15-13) on Monday at 8 p.m. CST in the NIT on ESPN. The appearance is Valpo's first-ever on the ESPN flagship. Valpo, the Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Champion, finished the season winning 15 of its last 18 games. The Crusaders fell to IUPUI 66-64 last Tuesday in the Mid-Con Tournament Championship game on a shot with one second left. The Hawkeyes compiled a 7-9 record in the Big Ten, losing to Ohio State 66-64 in the first round of the conference tournament in Chicago.

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

20th WIN FOR 9th TIME: The Crusaders have won 20-or-more games in nine of the last 10 seasons. During that span, Valpo has compiled a 219-92 record - a .706 winning percentage.

Grafs Earns 1st Team All-Mid-Con;
Ortiz Tabbed As Sixth Man of the Year;
Gomes Named Honorable Mention

Raitis Grafs was named First Team All-Mid-Con for the third time and Stalin Ortiz was selected as the inaugural Sixth Man of the Year, as well as to the All-Mid-Con Second Team. Kikas Gomes earned Honorable Mention All-Mid-Con status. The All-Mid-Con teams were selected by the league’s coaches and media/SIDs.

Grafs, a 6’11" senior center, ranks fifth among the Mid-Con’s scoring leaders with 16.8 ppg. Valpo’s all-time leader in blocked shots (227), the native of Riga, Latvia stands second in the league with 1.9 per game (56 in 30 games). Grafs also ranks fifth in the Mid-Con in field goal percentage (.559) and eighth in rebounding (5.9 pg.). Grafs stands fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,612 points, third in rebounding (836) and seventh in steals (141). Grafs scored 20-or-more points seven times, including a season-high 29 against Oral Roberts and 28 versus Samford.

Ortiz, a 6’3" senior guard/forward, was very productive in Mid-Con play. In capturing the Sixth Man of the Year Award, Ortiz averaged 16.4 ppg. and 6.4 rpg. in 14 conference games. Overall, the native of Cali, Colombia ranks eighth in the Mid-Con in scoring (13.6 ppg.), seventh in rebounding (5.8 pg.) and third in steals (1.7 pg.). A member of the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team a year ago, Ortiz scored a career-high 29 points against Charlotte.

Gomes, a 6’9" junior forward, averages 9.2 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. The native of Luanda, Angola stands seventh in league in field goal percentage (.528) and ninth in rebounding (5.7 pg.).



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Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
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Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
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Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
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Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
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Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
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Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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