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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).




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Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
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Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
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Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
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M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
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Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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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
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Apr 19
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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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
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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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