Small, private, religious-based, and running an athletics department on a rather modest budget with teams playing in a rather modest gym, Valparaiso is precisely the type of school that makes NCAA Division I basketball so much fun.
Valpo’s uniqueness was on display again Tuesday night after the Crusaders had wrapped up an authoritative 60-44 win over Saint Mary’s to clinch the school’s first-ever trip to the NIT semifinals. As the final buzzer sounded, students at the Lutheran-affiliated school quickly spilled onto the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center (a.k.a. The ARC), but almost in an orderly fashion. There was no running over security guards, no taunting of opposing players, but there soon was a good-sized group of fans jumping up and down around center court. … Continue Reading