Valparaiso Crusaders men's basketball

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Valparaiso Crusaders
2014–15 Valparaiso Crusaders men's basketball team
Valparaiso Crusaders athletic logo
University Valparaiso University
Conference Horizon League
Location Valparaiso, IN
Head coach Bryce Drew (4th year)
Arena Athletics-Recreation Center
(Capacity: 5,432)
Nickname Crusaders
Colors

Brown and Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1998
NCAA Tournament appearances
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2013
Conference tournament champions

Summit League
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004


Horizon League
2013
Conference regular season champions

Summit League
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


Horizon League
2012, 2013
Butler–Valparaiso rivalry
Butler Bulldogs Valparaiso Crusaders

Sport(s) Men's basketball
Total meetings 103
Series record Butler leads, 67–36
First meeting 1934-35
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)
Trophy none

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 2013. 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.

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I tournament[edit]

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.

NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

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
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
2013 14 Michigan State 65 Valparaiso 54

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Crusaders have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament five times. Their combined record is 7–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1962 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Kentucky State
Concordia (IL)
Sacramento State
W 75–61
W 75–72
L 54–61
1966 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Saint Procopius
North Dakota
W 107–76
L 82–112
1967 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Colorado State–Preblo
Indiana State
Missouri State
W 89–52
W 80–77
L 72–86
1969 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Concordia (IL)
Illinois State
W 91–81
L 87–103
1973 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Capital
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 69–64
L 66–74

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Crusaders have appeared in the NAIA Tournament two times. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1938 First Round
Second Round
Western Oregon
Central Missouri
W 57–48
L 24–44
1943 First Round Eastern Washington L 42–45

NIT Results[edit]

The Crusaders have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2003 Opening Round Iowa L 60–62
2012 First Round Miami (FL) L 50–66

CBI Results[edit]

The Crusaders have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2008 First Round
Quarterfinals
Washington
Houston
W 72–71
L 67–91

CIT Results[edit]

The Crusaders have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 First Round Iona L 77–85
2014 First Round Columbia L 56–58

Radio[edit]

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[edit]

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