The “Curse” has returned…Kent State, Indiana and Stephen F. Austin all lost last week in games that they should have won…okay, maybe not the Hoosiers. But still, all the good vibes that last week’s “Stretch” gave these teams is now gone. So, who will be given the “kiss of death” this week?
Seven Day Savior (Team): New Mexico Lobos
INDIANAPOLIS – When you get out-shot and out-rebounded it is a pretty safe bet that that you were on the losing end of a basketball game. Unless you are the Butler Bulldogs and can force a bunch of turnovers and make a mountain of foul shots.
Today Valparaiso learned it takes more than shooting and rebounding to win on the road as the Bulldogs forced a bunch of turnovers and made a ton of foul shots as Valpo lost to Butler 73-65.
DAYTON – Valparaiso made a statement in their first game in the Horizon League; that they were ready to compete in a new, tougher conference, as the pulled out a road win against Wright State 71-66 where the visiting teams rarely win.
Wright State on the other hand made two costly turnovers in the last 74 seconds of the game to lose the lead and let an important league game get away.
With a 66-63 lead and a 1:14 left in the game Wright State’s Vaughn Duggins threw an errant pass to Will Graham that got away and went into the backcourt for a turnover.
Overall Rank: #120
Sure the 2006-2007 college basketball season has yet to begin. But, some things are already a given for when it ends come March, or if your lucky even April. And one of those things is that the Mid-Continent Conference is about to look a whole lot different.
And no, it is not just because IPFW, North Dakota State and South Dakota State have already packed their bags in anticipation of moving in on July 1st of next year. It is instead because one of the long time tenants of the Mid-Con hotel is saying bye bye.
So the Valparaiso Crusaders prepare to ride off into the sunset, away from the Mid-Continent Conference and into the open hands of their Midwestern rivals of the Horizon League. Let us take this time to pause and look back at the five biggest moments for Valpo since they became a founding member of the Mid-Con in 1982.