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Updated: February 17, 2014 8:18AM
Valpo (9-9, 1-2) at Detroit (8-10, 1-2)
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Radio: 95.1-FM; 95.9-FM
The skinny: After two less-than-stellar efforts by the Crusaders, resulting in a disappointing 1-2 start to the Horizon League campaign, it would be easy for fans and even players to be down, especially when there are two teams at the top of the standings with 3-0 (Green Bay) and 3-1 (Wright State) records. But the other seven teams in the conference have two or more losses. So a more positive outlook is that it’s a long conference season, and one good effort on the road could turn things around for a young Valparaiso team. No time better than the present with a trip to Detroit, which is also struggling. The Crusaders have played well in the Motor City, winning there each of the last three seasons, and that was against a squad with an explosive leader in Ray McCallum Jr., who was picked in the NBA draft. But the Titans are led by the son of a NBA player in Juwan Howard Jr., who averages 16.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Valparaiso senior LaVonte Dority will need to bounce back from a tough game against Wright State in which he scored six points, nine below his season average (15.1).
Steve T. Gorches, Post-Tribune deputy sports editor