Valparaiso Crusaders men's basketball
|Head coach||Bryce Drew (3rd year)|
Brown and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2013|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|Series record||Butler leads, 67–36|
Butler 41, Valparaiso 25
|Last meeting||March 3, 2012
Valparaiso 65, Butler 46
|Largest win||Valparaiso, 85–49 (1945-46)|
|Longest win streak||Butler, 15 (1957–1964)|
|Current win streak||Valparaiso: 4 wins (2011-2012)|
The Valparaiso Crusaders men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The school's team currently competes in the Horizon League. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2004. The Crusaders are currently coached by Bryce Drew, who is in his 2nd year. Bryce replaced his father, Valparaiso coaching legend Homer Drew, in May 2011. The Crusaders play in the Athletics-Recreation Center, which has a capacity of 5,432.
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 . In 1988, Homer Drew took the job as head coach and remained until retiring in May 2011. He was then succeeded by his son Bryce. 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 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.
The Crusaders joined Division I before the 1978–79 season. After four years as an independent, they became charter members of the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, now known as The Summit League. In 2007, Valparaiso became members of the Horizon League.
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 NCAA tournament results
The Crusaders have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–8.
|Year||Seed||Round of 64 Winner||Round of 64 Loser||Round of 32 Winner||Round of 32 Loser||Sweet 16 Winner||Sweet 16 Loser|
|1998||13||Valparaiso||70||Mississippi||69||Valparaiso||83||Florida State||77||Rhode Island||74||Valparaiso||68|
The Crusaders have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.
|2003||Opening Round||Iowa||L 60–62|
|2012||First Round||Miami (FL)||L 50–66|
The Crusaders have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.
The Crusaders have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their record is 0–2.
|2011||First Round||Iona||L 77–85|
|2014||First Round||Columbia||L 56–58|
All Crusader games are broadcast for free on the Valparaiso website at valpoathletics.com. 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