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Valparaiso Crusaders
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School Name: Valparaiso University
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Arena: Athletics-Recreation Center
Capacity: 5,000
Conference: Missouri Valley Conference
Head coach: Matt Lottich

The Valparaiso Crusaders Basketball team is the basketball team representing Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. The school's team currently competes in the Missouri Valley Conference, having joined that league in 2017. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2004. The Crusaders are currently coached by Matt Lottich, who enters his fifth year in 2020–21. The Crusaders play in the Athletics-Recreation Center, which has a capacity of 5,432.

History

The beginning

The Crusaders' first game was in 1917. Under the coaching of Sidney Winters, the team lost to Chicago. The team would finish 7-2 that year [1]. In 1988, Homer Drew took the job as head coach, a position that he is still in today. 1988 would also be the year that the Crusaders defeated Number 19 Notre Dame in a game that came to be known as "The Lutheran Miracle."

The tallest team

The 1944-1945 team was billed as "The World's Tallest Team."[2] That year, they defeated Long Island University in a game played in Madison Square Garden.

Conference affiliation

The Crusaders would join the Indiana Collegiate Conference for the 1950-1951 season. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1961-1962. In 1968-1969, they hosted an NCAA tournament game for the first time.

Division I

The Crusaders joined Division I before the 1978-1979 season. After four years as an independent, they became charter members of the AMCU. They would move from there to the Horizon Leageu in 2007, spending 10 seasons there until leaving for the Misouri Valley Conference in 2017.

NCAA tournament

Under coach Homer Drew, the Crusaders became a conference power. They won their first Mid-Continent championship in 1995, led by star player Bryce Drew. However, the team was not invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders won the 1996 conference championship and received their first invitation to the Division I NCAA Tournament. In the 1998 Tournament, the Crusaders won their first Tournament game, defeating the University of Mississippi on a last second shot by Bryce Drew. The Crusaders would go on to win their second round game against Florida State University before losing in the Sweet 16 to the University of Rhode Island. The Crusaders would win the Mid-Continent Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament every year until 2001, when Southern Utah University won the conference tournament. In Coach Scott Drew's only year as head coach, the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to the University of Iowa in their first game televised by ESPN. They would play in the title game of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament every year between 1995 and 2004.

All time tournament results

The Crusaders have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2-7.

Year Seed First Round Winner First Round Loser Second Round Winner Second Round Loser Sweet 16 Winner Sweet 16 Loser
1996 14 Arizona 90 Valparaiso 51
1997 12 Boston College 73 Valparaiso 66
1998 13 Valparaiso 70 Mississippi 69 Valparaiso 83 Florida State 77 Rhode Island 74 Valparaiso 68
1999 15 Maryland 82 Valparaiso 60
2000 16 Michigan State 65 Valparaiso 38
2002 13 Kentucky 83 Valparaiso 68
2004 15 Gonzaga 76 Valparaiso 49

Radio

All Crusader games are broadcast for free on the Valparaiso website at www.valpo.edu/athletics. WVUR-FM, the student-run campus radio station, also broadcasts select Crusader games on 95.1 FM and on the station's website.

Crusaders in the NBA

  • Don Bielke
  • Bob Dille
  • Bryce Drew
  • John Janisch
  • Milt Schoon


2007-08 schedule and results (men)

Date Opponent Site Result Record
11/12/2007* Grace Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN
(South Padre Island Invitational)
W 90-59  1-0
11/15/2007* Indiana Purdue - Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial ColisseumFort Wayne, IN W 74-64  2-0
11/20/2007* Vanderbilt Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN
(South Padre Island Invitational)
  
11/23/2007* vs. Maryland - Eastern Shore South Padre Island Convention CentreSouth Padre Island, TX
(South Padre Island Invitational)
  
11/24/2007* vs. TBA South Padre Island Convention CentreSouth Padre Island, TX
(South Padre Island Invitational)
  
11/28/2007* Western Michigan Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/01/2007* Ball State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/06/2007 Wright State Nutter CenterDayton, OH   
12/08/2007 Detroit Calihan HallDetroit, MI   
12/11/2007* Evansville Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/15/2007* Chicago State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/22/2007* Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI   
12/30/2007* North Carolina Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC   
01/02/2008* Indiana Wesleyan Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/05/2008 Butler Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN   
01/10/2008 Wisconsin - Milwaukee Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/12/2008 Wisconsin - Green Bay Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/17/2008 Youngstown State Beeghly CenterYoungstown, OH   
01/19/2008 Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH   
01/24/2008 Illinois - Chicago Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/26/2008 Loyola (IL) Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/05/2008 Butler Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/07/2008 Wisconsin - Green Bay Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI   
02/11/2008 Illinois - Chicago UIC PavilionChicago, IL   
02/14/2008 Cleveland State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/16/2008 Youngstown State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/20/2008 Loyola (IL) Joseph J. Gentile CenterChicago, IL   
02/23/2008* TBA Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN
(ESPNU Bracketbusters)
  
02/25/2008 Wisconsin - Milwaukee U.S. Cellular ArenaMilwaukee, WI   
02/28/2008 Detroit Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
03/01/2008 Wright State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
*Non-Conference Game. All times are in Central Time.

2007-08 schedule and results (women)

Date Opponent Site Result Record
11/09/2007* Bowling Green Anderson ArenaBowling Green, OH L 81-56  0-1
11/12/2007* Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN L 65-62  0-2
11/16/2007* Cincinnati Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH L 96-69  0-3
11/23/2007* Xavier Cintas CenterCincinnati, OH   
11/23/2007* vs. Eastern Kentucky Alico ArenaFort Myers, FL
(Florida Gulf Coast Tournament)
  
11/24/2007* TBA Alico ArenaFort Myers, FL
(Florida Gulf Coast Tournament)
  
12/01/2007* Ball State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN
(Hoosier Classic)
  
12/08/2007* North Texas Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/12/2007* Notre Dame Edmund P. Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN   
12/16/2007* South Dakota State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
12/22/2007* Saint Xavier Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/05/2008 Butler Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/10/2008 Illinois - Chicago UIC PavilionChicago, IL   
01/12/2008 Loyola (IL) Joseph J. Gentile CenterChicago, IL   
01/17/2008 Wisconsin - Milwaukee Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/19/2008 Wisconsin - Green Bay Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
01/24/2008 Wright State Nutter CenterDayton, OH   
01/26/2008 Detroit Calihan HallDetroit, MI   
01/31/2008 Youngstown State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/02/2008 Cleveland State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/07/2008 Loyola (IL) Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/09/2008 Illinois - Chicago Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/14/2008 Wisconsin - Green Bay Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI   
02/25/2008 Wisconsin - Milwaukee J. Martin Klotsche CenterMilwaukee, WI   
02/21/2008 Detroit Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/23/2008 Wright State Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN   
02/28/2008 Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH   
03/01/2008 Youngstown State Beeghly CenterYoungstown, OH   
03/08/2008 Butler Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN   
*Non-Conference Game. All times are in Central Time.

Conference membership history

All-time records

1126-1064

External links