Men’s basketball

Oakland Grizzlies (19-9, 11-4) at

     Valparaiso Crusaders (22-5, 12-2)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Where: Athletics-Recreation Center

Key Storylines: In the team’s first meeting this season on Jan. 8, Valpo thwarted Oakland 84-67 on ESPN2… The Grizzlies will look for revenge in the Crusaders’ second-to-last home game this season… Crusaders hold a 1 ½ game lead over Grizzlies in the Horizon League… Grizzlies would be eliminated from regular season conference championship contention with loss.

Valparaiso Marquee Player: Guard Shane Hammink leads the Crusaders in field goal percentage on the season at 57.5. After coming off the bench in the team’s first 26 games, Hammink made the first start of his career Tuesday at Cleveland State and is expected to start Friday.  

Oakland Marquee Player: Forward Max Hooper has made a name for himself and grabbed the attention of the nation by taking the term “3-point specialist” to another level. Hooper has taken 214 shots on the season, and none have come outside of 3-point arc. He’s making them 45.8 percent of the time, an impressive feat considering the number of 3s he’s tried.

The Quote: “We have our philosophies [on] how we defend and we’ll stick with those. So we’ll defend (Max Hooper) if he were to have taken 50 2s or no 2s, we’ll defend him the same way.” –Valpo coach Bryce Drew


-Compiled by Jack Vita


Green Bay Phoenix (22-3, 12-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (8-17, 4-10)

When: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Athletics-Recreation Center

Key Storylines: The last time these two teams met, Jan. 14 in Green Bay, the Phoenix bested the Crusaders 81-42... The Phoenix are 18-1 since a Nov. 28 loss at Rutgers, while the Crusaders have lost six straight.

Valparaiso Marquee Player: In Thursday’s loss to Milwaukee, Imani Scott-Thompson scored 13 points off the bench for Valpo on an efficient 3-of-5 from three point land. She led the team in scoring against Green Bay with 14.

Green Bay Marquee Player: A reigning Horizon League all-tournament team member, senior guard Kali Lukan is averaging 10.9 points and 3.1 assists per game. Lukan managed 12 points and five steals in the Jan. 14 meeting.

The Quote: “We’ve got to put the ball in the hole. We’re going to need to hit 10-15 3s and gain that confidence. Everybody’s going to have to be firing on all cylinders and defensively we’re going to have to battle, like we did in stretches [against Milwaukee], but we’re going to have to battle like that for 40 minutes if we’re going to beat Green Bay. They’re good and we have to play at the top of our game to beat them.” -Valpo coach Tracey Dorow


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