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Crusaders Announce 2013-2014 Men's Basketball Schedule
Play Video Bryce Drew announced his program's schedule for the coming season today.
Bryce Drew announced his program's schedule for the coming season today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced his squad's schedule for the 2013-2014 campaign on Tuesday, a slate which includes nine non-league games against 20-win teams from a season ago, five of which will be at the ARC, and 18 games in all against teams which went to the postseason last year.

The regular season opens on Friday night, Nov. 8 as the Crusaders welcome Murray State, which won 21 games last year, to the ARC. Prior to the game that evening, the championship banners representing last season's Horizon League regular season and tournament champions will be raised into the rafters. Two days later, Valpo will take on North Park at the ARC.

Valpo then hits the road for three games in a seven-day stretch against teams that won at least 20 games and went to the postseason last year. The first game comes at Big Ten foe Illinois, an NCAA Tournament team from last year which won 23 games, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Four days later, Valpo plays at Ohio, which won 24 games and advanced to the NIT last season. The road trip culminates at Evansville, which won 21 games and finished its season in the semifinals of the CIT.

The Crusaders then return home for four consecutive games, starting a stretch of six out of seven games at the ARC. On Saturday, Nov. 23, James Madison, an NCAA Tournament team from last year which won 21 games, comes to town, and three days later, 20-win UCF visits the ARC. Valpo will welcome Mercer, which won 24 games and defeated Tennessee in the NIT last season, on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29, and the next day, the Crusaders will take on Cincinnati Christian.

Valpo hits the road to take on in-state rival Ball State on Wednesday, Dec. 4 before returning home for two more games. The Crusaders will take on Saint Louis, which won 28 games last season and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, on Saturday, Dec. 7, and then one week later, Valpo will host Loyola Marymount.

Prior to Christmas, the Crusaders will fly down to Orlando, Fla. to take part in the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic. Valpo will open play in Orlando against Southeastern on Saturday evening, Dec. 21 before taking on host UCF on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22. Following the holiday, the Crusaders will close their non-league slate at East Tennessee State on Sunday, Dec. 29.

After the calendar turns to 2014, Valpo will commence the Horizon League slate, a double round-robin schedule against the other eight league squads, six of which participated in postseason play last season. The slate kicks off at home against UIC on Thursday, Jan. 2, and is highlighted by live games on ESPNU at home against Wright State (Friday, Jan. 10) and Detroit (Friday, Feb. 7).

Prior to the Crusaders' game against Green Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Valpo will officially retire the #24 jersey and raise it to the rafters of the ARC to honor both current head coach Bryce Drew, as well as Bruce Lindner, who holds Valpo records for single-season points scored and career points per game. Valpo's matchup against Youngstown State on Saturday, Feb. 22 will feature the annual Hall of Fame ceremony at halftime, while Senior Night will be held Saturday, Mar. 1 as the Crusaders take on Cleveland State.

The Horizon League Championship will be contested Mar. 4-11, with the league's regular season champion hosting the second round and semifinals and the best remaining seed hosting the championship game, live on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT. The winner of the league tournament will earn the league's automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
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
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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