Here's a quick snapshot of the Valparaiso Crusaders, the Huskies' opening round opponent Wednesday at Hec Ed.
In general, they seem to be a well-balanced team that likes the 3-point shot.
Their high profile games this season included a 68-58 loss at Wisconsin, a 90-58 blowout loss at North Carolina, a 71-68 loss to Butler, a 99=94 double-overtime win over Miami of Ohio in an ESPNU BrackerBuster game, and a 78-73 loss to Cleveland State in the Horizon League championship game.
I'll file more this afternoon after we've had a chance to talk to coach Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies.
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No. 4 CBI seed Valparaiso (21-13)
School location: Valparaiso, Ind.
Conference: Horizon League.
Coach: Homer Drew, 19th season (323-253 record). A nine-time coach of the year, Drew is in the fifth season of his second stint at Valparaiso. He originally arrived in 1988, taking over a program that had never had a winning record in Division I and took it to seven NCAA tournament appearances, including five straight from 1996-2000.
How the Crusaders got here: After a fourth-place finish during the regular season, Valparaiso advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League. However, the Crusaders lost to Cleveland State, 78-73.
Outlook: Valparaiso won six of its last eight games, ranks 91st in Rating Percentage Index and has five wins against top-100 RPI teams. Senior guard Jarryd Loyd was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team last week after averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.7 steals in the Crusaders' three tournament games. He also was named regular season Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year. In the regular season, leading scorer Shawn Huff ranked as the nation's fourth most-accurate 3-point shooter, hitting 79 of 162 attempts (48.8 percent). As a team, the Crusaders hit 40.2 percent of their treys, ranking 11th nationally.