We’ll be doing NCAA Tournament profiles for all automatic bid conference winners leading into the NCAA Tournament. See below for previous team profiles.
Conference/Record: Horizon (26-7)
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Famous Alums/Attendees: Bryce Drew and Scott Drew (Baylor head coach) both attended Valparaiso, as did sports agent Eugene Parker.
Social Media: @valpoathletics is the Twitter account for Valpo sports.
Random Fun Fact: Bryce Drew, who hit the most famous shot in Valparaiso history (below) while playing for his father, is now the head coach.
Tournament History/Most Recent: In seven prior appearances, Valparaiso is 2-7, with the only two wins coming in 1998. The last appearance was 2004, when they lost to Gonzaga in the first round.
Record against Projected At-Larges/Bubble Teams: 0-2
Good Wins/Bad Losses: Lost three games in the Horizon league. Non-conference losses of note include New Mexico and St. Louis. Best win was at Murray State.
Notable Player(s): Australian born forward Ryan Broekhoff is the star of the team, and hit the key shot that kept the Crusaders alive for a tournament berth in the semifinal against Green Bay.
All-Important Rankings: RPI (59), Ken Pom (67), SevenOvertimes (78).
Outlook/Seed: Valparaiso projects as a 13 seed, and if they get seeded there, it will match 2002 (lost to Kentucky) and 1998 (beat Mississippi). Valparaiso is one of the best shooting teams in the nation, and takes a high percentage of threes, with three different players who have more than 100 attempts, all of whom shoot at least 39% from distance.
[photo via USA Today Sports Images]
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