10 biggest storylines for the mid-major conference tournaments

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament gets all the attention as the height of excitement in college basketball. Though that happens on a bigger stage, the next two weeks can put up an argument as the peak of intensity, pressure, and excitement.Conference tournaments are underway and every single team in action has a simple directive: win a few games a row and earn a bid to the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Valparaiso advances to its first NIT semis

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 20 points for his seventh straight 20-plus game and Valparaiso advanced to its first NIT semifinals with a 60-44 victory against Saint Mary's on Tuesday night. Tevonn Walker opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer to give Valparaiso a 32-31 lead - its first since 17-16. Shane Hammink's putback extended it to 40-31 and capped a 16...
Via AP on Fox
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

FSU pulls close in 2nd half, bounced from NIT with loss to Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- Alec Peters scored 16 of his 26 in the first half and finished with nine rebounds, while Shane Hammink added 18 points to help top-seeded Valparaiso beat No. 4 seed Florida State 81-69 in the second round of the NIT on Thursday night. Keith Carter added 13 points and six assists, while Jubril Adekoya scored 11 with five rebounds and five assists for Valparaiso...
Via AP on Fox
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Peters, Valpo top Florida St., 81-69, move into NIT quarters

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 16 of his 26 in the first half and finished with nine rebounds, while Shane Hammink added 18 points to help top-seeded Valparaiso beat No. 4 seed Florida State 81-69 in the second round of the NIT on Thursday night. Keith Carter added 13 points and six assists, while Jubril Adekoya scored 11 with five rebounds and five assists for Valparaiso...
Via AP on Fox
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Peters, Valparaiso top Texas Southern 84-73 in NIT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 28 points and Valparaiso, one of four No. 1 seeds in the NIT, defeated Texas Southern 84-73 in an opening-round game on Tuesday night. Keith Carter added 17 points and Darien Walker had 14 for the Crusaders (27-6), who got their first NIT win in their third appearance. Vashil Fernandez matched his career high with eight blocks. Peters...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Hammink hits late 3; Valparaiso beats Green Bay 70-68

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Alec Peters scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Shane Hammink made a 3-pointer with four seconds left to give Valparaiso a 70-68 victory over Green Bay on Sunday for its fifth straight win. The Crusaders (26-5, 16-2) are the first team to win the Horizon League regular-season title by three or more games since the 2009-10 Butler team. Valparaiso...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Carter sparks Valparaiso late, beats Milwaukee 80-76 in OT

MILWAUKEE (AP) Keith Carter scored five of his 14 points and had a key rebound in the final 38 seconds of overtime to help Valparaiso beat Milwaukee 80-76 on Friday night for its fourth-straight win. Matt Tiby made a layup to give Milwaukee its last lead, 74-73 with 48 seconds left. Carter hit a 3-pointer and the Crusaders led, 76-74. Tiby missed a 3-point attempt on the ensuing...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Could the nation's best mid-major team really miss the NCAA tourney?

VALPARAISO, Ind. – I recently visited this small college town an hour southeast of Chicago – home to popcorn maven Orville Redenbacher, by the way – to see perhaps the best mid-major team in college basketball this year. My spot was right behind Valparaiso’s 41-year-old fifth-year head coach Bryce Drew, and I had no idea that would mean I had the best seat in the house.Drew’s jacket...
Via FOX Sports
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Valpo beats Oakland 86-84, secures share of Horizon title

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and finished with a career-high tying 14 rebounds to help Valparaiso beat Oakland 86-84 Friday night and secure at least a share of its fourth Horizon League regular season title in five seasons. Vashil Fernandez and Keith Carter had 13 points apiece, Jubril Adekoya scored 12, Shane Hammink added 11...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Quick start leads Valparaiso past Western Kentucky 64-52

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Keith Carter scored 16 points and Valparaiso opened a big lead early en route to a 64-52 win over Northern Kentucky. Valparaiso has won has won five straight to stretch its lead in the Horizon League to three games. Shane Hammink and Darien Walker added 12 points apiece for the Crusaders (21-4, 11-1), who led 38-20 at the half. Alec Peters had nine points...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Valparaiso 73, UIC 55

CHICAGO — Seven Valparaiso players scored six or more points Saturday as the Crusaders dominated UIC for a 73-55 win. The Crusaders came in as heavy favorites, and here’s how they avoided any chance of a major upset.   Photo: Jesse Kramer / 22 second-chance points for Valparaiso. Valparaiso is one of the nation’s best rebounding teams, and it tore apart UIC...
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Peters scores 18, Valparaiso beats Cleveland St. 77-52

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to help Valparaiso cruise to a 77-52 win over Cleveland State on Thursday night. Peters has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games this season. David Skara and Shane Hammink scored 10 apiece for Valparaiso (18-4, 8-1 Horizon League). Vashil Fernandez had eight points, eight rebounds and five...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Valparaiso coasts to 71-46 win over Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) Keith Carter hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to help Valparaiso to a 71-46 win over Northern Kentucky on Sunday. Shane Hammink added 14 points, Alec Peters had 12 and Tevonn Walker 10 for Valparaiso (17-4, 7-1 Horizon), which controlled the glass 42-28 and held Northern Kentucky to 15-of-50 shooting from the field. Vashil Fernandez hauled in...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Valparaiso pulls away from Green Bay, 85-70, to go to 5-0

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Valparaiso pulled away to beat Green Bay, 85-70 to remain unbeaten atop the Horizon League Saturday night. The victory gave coach Bryce Drew, his brother Scott Drew and father Homer Drew a combined 500 coaching victories at Valparaiso. The family already topped 1,000 collegiate coaching victories this...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Valparaiso beats Milwaukee 68-56, runs home win streak to 21

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) With Alec Peters shut down, Vashil Fernandez stepped up to score a season-high 14 points and Valparaiso defeated Milwaukee 68-56 on Thursday night, running its homecourt winning streak to 21. Fernandez made 6 of 7 field-goal attempts and collared nine rebounds for Valparaiso (14-3, 4-0 Horizon), matching Peters for most boards. Peters, who scores nearly...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Early takeaways from ESPN's NCAA basketball tip-off

Late Tuesday night, ESPN’s annual tip-off marathon ended with Michigan State pulling a mild upset over Kansas. In addition to some thoroughly entertaining basketball and some marquee matchups, the 31-hour marathon provided some early insight into the young college basketball season. Some teams got huge early season boosts to their tournament resumes while others revealed some chinks...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Valparaiso gets Vashil Fernandez back

Vashil Fernandez will once again be roaming the post for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team this coming season. The reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA earlier this summer, and the university made the announcement official Thursday.Fernandez originally lost his first year of eligibility due to his delayed...
Via FOX Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Valpo C Vashil Fernandez granted extra year of eligibility

Valparaiso Crusaders center Vashil Fernandez has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the defending Horizon League champions next season. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the NCAA’s decision. Fernandez and Crusaders head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew offered brief statements on the ruling. “I am excited to be back...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Valparaiso loses in devastating fashion at NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso battled with Maryland but was bitten by a no-call on the game’s final play, falling 65-62 to the Terrapins. “I am obviously not a referee, senior forward Vashil Fernandez said, “but it was pretty clear that he fouled (guard Keith Carter). It was a tough way for me to end my career.” Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Carter had the ball in the final seconds and dribbled...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Fifth-year transfer Jay Harris chooses UIC

Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance UIC picked up a late addition to its 2014-15 roster with Wagner transfer Jay Harris choosing to join the Flames. Harris will be eligible immediately for the start of the season. Harris averaged 10.3 points and shot 38.6% on 3-pointers last season for the Seahawks. Prior to his time in New York, he played a pair of seasons at Valparaiso in the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

LaVonte Dority, Valparaiso Cruise Past UIC

LaVonte Dority scored a career-high 33 points Saturday in Valparaiso’s defeat of UIC. (Photo: AP | Paul Sancya) Saturday began a new month, but the struggles remained the same for UIC (5-18, 0-9 Horizon). The Flames’ losing streak stretched to 12 games as their bid for a first Horizon League ended well short against Valparaiso (14-10, 6-3), 70-46. Valparaiso senior LaVonte Dority...
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC Hosts Horizon League Defending Champion Valparaiso

Photo: Charles Mitchell | Sun-Times Media UIC (5-17, 0-8 Horizon) returns to the UIC Pavilion, where it has not beaten a Division I opponent all season, on Saturday. The Flames will host the Valparaiso Crusaders (13-10, 5-3) at 3 p.m. CT. These teams met in the conference opener at Valparaiso, and the Crusaders defeated the Flames, 87-72. UIC owned an eight-point lead at halftime...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Valpo beats Green Bay at buzzer, coach Bryce Drew has awesome reaction

Valparaiso Ryan Broekhoff sent the Crusaders to the Horizon League Finals after this game-winning shot. Down two points with 6.3 seconds left, Broekhoff hits this three pointer as time expired. Head coach, Bryce Drew, who is best known for his game-winning shot against Ole Miss in the NCAA tournament (seen below), flailed on the ground after the shot went in. Valpo plays Wright State...
Via Diehardsport
March 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Valparaiso 59, Cleveland St. 41

Ryan Broekhoff scored 24 points, 18 on 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Valparaiso over Cleveland State 59-41 on Thursday night. The Crusaders (18-8, 11-3 Horizon League) hit 11 of 22 3-pointers, including 7 of 13 in the first half for their fourth straight win. Five of those seven 3's came in the first 8 minutes. Cleveland State's Aaron Pogue made a free throw 32 seconds...
Via FOX Sports
February 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Valparaiso 76, Youngstown St. 62

Kevin Van Wijk had 23 points and seven rebounds and Ryan Broekhoff added 14 points and eight rebounds as Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State 76-62 on Friday night. Richie Edwards scored 12 points and Will Bogan 11 for the Crusaders (11-7, 4-2 Horizon League), who have won the last 14 meetings between the teams. Kendrick Perry and Blake Allen scored 16 points apiece to lead the...
Via FOX Sports
January 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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