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Valparaiso Announces 2011-2012 Men’s Basketball Schedule
Kevin Van Wijk and the Crusaders will make at least four national TV appearances this year. (Rick Welton)
Kevin Van Wijk and the Crusaders will make at least four national TV appearances this year. (Rick Welton)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the 2011-2012 season, a schedule which features 17 home games, at least five games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and at least four national television broadcasts.

Valpo will open play with a pair of home exhibition games, facing Hillsdale (Oct. 29) and Augustana (Nov. 3), before playing in one of the first regular season games nationwide, opening the regular season slate on Monday, Nov. 7 at Arizona, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, on ESPNU. 

The game against the Wildcats is the first of four the Crusaders will play as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, as Valpo will host a four-team round-robin subregional at the ARC the weekend of Nov. 18-20.  The three teams that will visit Valpo are currently in the process of being finalized.

Following the game at Arizona, the Crusaders also travel to Georgia Southern (Nov. 11) before returning home against Holy Cross [Ind.] College (Nov. 14) prior to hosting the subregional round.  Following the tournament weekend, Valpo travels to take on Ohio State, which ended the 2010-2011 regular season ranked #1 in the nation, on Nov. 25.  The game against the Buckeyes is slated for broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

A brief stop in Horizon League play opens up December for the Crusaders, as Valpo heads down I-65 to face Butler on Saturday, Dec. 3.  The Crusaders play at IPFW (Dec. 7) and return to the ARC for contests against Bowling Green (Dec. 10) and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Oakland (Dec. 17).  The main portion of the non-league slate closes out with games at Northern Illinois (Dec. 20) and against IUPUI at Conseco Fieldhouse (Dec. 23), while Valpo will also again be part of the BracketBusters event, going on the road Feb. 18.

Valpo then hits the meat of the double round-robin Horizon League schedule, starting with a home game Dec. 29 against Milwaukee.  The league slate is highlighted by a trio of television appearances: Friday, Jan. 6 at Detroit, a game which will be broadcast either on ESPNU or ESPN3.com; Saturday, Jan. 28 at Milwaukee, the Horizon League Network Game of the Week – broadcast regionally through the Horizon League markets; and Friday, Feb. 24 as Valpo hosts Butler in front of a national audience on ESPNU in the regular season finale.

The Horizon League Championship begins on campus sites on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPNU on Saturday, Mar. 3, with the championship game played Tuesday, Mar. 6 at the highest remaining seed live on ESPN.  The winner of the 2012 Horizon League Championship receives an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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