Valparaiso faces Purdue Calumet before break
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org December 21, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:13AM
VALPARAISO — In its final game before Christmas, Valparaiso plays Purdue Calumet on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
“We like to play local schools when we can,” said Crusaders coach Bryce Drew, whose team will be playing its fourth game in eight days, then doesn’t play again until Dec. 29 at Murray State, featuring All-America point guard Isaiah Canaan. “We’ve played a lot of the other local schools, and Purdue Cal is a school we haven’t played in a while. We know one of their coaches (assistant Terrence Wilburn), and we agreed to do the game.”
Valparaiso (8-4), coming off an 89-69 win against IUPUI on Thursday at the ARC, historically has faced NAIA teams, including in recent seasons.
The Crusaders played IU Kokomo last season, though that game was a late replacement as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer; in that one, several walk-ons — including last-minute additions — took center stage, with the regulars receiving plenty of rest. They also played IUN (the opener) and Purdue North Central during the 2010-11 season, and IU South Bend in 2009-10, as well as Calumet College to begin the 2006-07 season.
The Peregrines had a 5-9 record, pending their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game on Friday night at Purdue North Central.
“Obviously, you want to win every game you play,” said Drew, who had planned two Friday workouts for the Crusaders. “I’m sure they’re going to come in extremely excited. We always know they’re probably going to play one of their best games of the year against us, so we have to be prepared and ready to play.”