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Crusaders Unveil 2010-2011 Men's Basketball Schedule
Cory Johnson is one of three seniors on this year's Crusader squad. (Sabrina Short)
Cory Johnson is one of three seniors on this year's Crusader squad. (Sabrina Short)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew announced the Crusaders’ 2010-2011 schedule today, a slate that features 15 regular season home games at the Athletics-Recreation Center, including a visit Dec. 7 from nationally-ranked Purdue.  The Crusaders will also travel to Kansas, which finished atop the polls at the end of the regular season last year, and will play a pair of Horizon League games against national runner-up Butler.

Valpo will begin the year with a pair of exhibition contests at the ARC, taking on Olivet Nazarene Oct. 30 and Aurora Nov. 6.  The game against Olivet Nazarene will also serve as the dedication of the brand-new Homer Drew Court, with a brief pre-game ceremony to honor Drew and officially unveil the new court.

The game against Kansas, which closed the 2009-2010 regular season atop both the AP and coaches polls and is projected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this year, will be played Nov. 15 in Lawrence at historic Allen Fieldhouse.   It will be the first of four games Valpo plays as part of the Las Vegas Invitational, as the Crusaders will also travel to play Ohio (Nov. 23) before heading to Las Vegas to take on Northern Colorado (Nov. 26) and either Bethune Cookman or Texas A&M-CC (Nov. 27).

Purdue, which finished last regular season ranked among the top-ten in the nation, visits the ARC for the first time in nearly a decade on Tuesday, Dec. 7.  The game will serve as a homecoming for Boilermaker senior Robbie Hummel, a Valparaiso H.S. graduate and former Crusader ballboy.  Other non-league home games include IU Northwest (Nov. 12), Purdue North Central (Nov. 18), IPFW (Dec. 18) and Ball State (Dec. 28), as well as the annual BracketBusters game (Feb. 19).  The Crusaders will hit the road in non-league action against Toledo (Dec. 11) and travel to former Mid-Con rival Oakland for the Lou Henson Award Tournament, playing Eastern Michigan (Dec. 20) and then either Rochester College or the host Golden Grizzlies (Dec. 21).

The Horizon League double round-robin schedule once again begins with a single weekend of league play in early December, as Valpo travels to UIC (Dec. 2) and Loyola [Chicago] (Dec. 4).  The league slate resumes at the start of 2011 with a New Year’s Day showdown against national runner-up Butler, with the return trip from the Bulldogs scheduled for Jan. 29.  The Crusaders will close out the regular season against UIC on Feb. 26, with the Horizon League Championship scheduled for March 1-8.  The winner of the league championship event will receive an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Valpo returns ten players from last year’s squad that went 10-8 and finished tied for fourth in Horizon League action, and also add a pair of talented newcomers to the mix.  The Crusaders have already gained a wealth of experience this offseason, taking advantage of ten practice days before going on their preseason foreign tour to Cancun, where they went 4-0.

Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Valparaiso University Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX, while individual game tickets will go on sale in mid-October.  Game times will be set in the near future, while announcements about games that will be televised will follow as they become available.

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. #21/21 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