banner

College Basketball

more stats

Columbia (19-12) at Valparaiso (18-15)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 18th, 8:05 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) -- Valparaiso, Indiana. Television: None. CIT Record: Columbia 0-0, Valparaiso 0-1. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.

GAME NOTES: The Columbia Lions are back in the postseason for the first time since 1968, as they make the trip to Indiana to battle the Valparaiso Crusaders in the first round of the sixth annual CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Just the fourth time that Columbia has played beyond the end of the Ivy League schedule, the team sports a record of 19-12 overall and was an admirable 8-6 in league play. Unfortunately, the Lions are coming off a loss in their last outing, a 74-67 setback to Princeton at home 10 days ago.

As for the Crusaders, members of the Horizon League, they had an opportunity to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of capturing a conference tournament title last week. The team got off on the right foot with a 73-63 decision over Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the event, but then was tripped by the eventual champion, Milwaukee, in a 74-57 final in the second round on March 7.

Valpo took part in this tournament back in 2011 and was immediately dismissed by Iona, 85-77.

In terms of an all-time series between the programs, this is the third meeting after the squads split the first two encounters. The last matchup was held out in Hawaii in 2001, where the Crusaders cruised to a 71-55 win during the Yahoo! Sports Invitational.

The winner of this meeting will be back in action in the second round against an opponent to be determined.

One of the better defensive squads in the Ivy League, Columbia has held opponents to just 63.5 ppg this season, while the offense drums up a decent 58.3 ppg. Leading the attack is Alex Rosenberg with his 16.2 ppg, thanks in large part to his 43.1 percent accuracy behind the 3-point line. Actually, his presence at the free-throw line was probably even more influential as he knocked down 213-of-258 (.826) shots, while no one else on the roster even stepped to the charity stripe 90 times in those 31 games.

Maodo Lo (14.5 ppg) leads the squad from beyond the arc with his 66 3- pointers, a fact that will certainly come in handy since it appears Grant Mullins (11.7 ppg) will again be absent from the lineup due to issues from a concussion. Isaac Cohen (3.5 ppg) has been a starter in every game and while he doesn't do much from a scoring standpoint, he is tops on the glass with 5.3 rpg and has handed out a team-best 86 assists.

As is the case with Columbia, the Crusaders also pride themselves on having a solid defense as well, having limited foes to just 39.4 percent shooting from the field over the course of 33 outings. Those opponents managed to generate 67.4 ppg, but thanks to an offense that put up 72.2 ppg, Valpo came out on the winning side more often than not. LaVonte Dority tops the scoring list with 16.0 ppg, thanks to not only 43.2 percent accuracy on the outside, but also 84.7 percent effort at the free-throw line. But make no mistake, Dority is just as comfortable handing out the ball (80 assists) as he is letting fly from the floor.

Alec Peters (12.7 ppg) sits second on the unit with 54 3-pointers, nine behind Dority, but in the case of the former he is also responsible for 4.8 rpg which is third on the roster. The team doesn't have anyone clearing more than five boards per contest, but still they are beating teams on the glass by an average of more than four rebounds per game.

Expect a low-scoring affair if nothing else, one that should favor the Crusaders since they are the host school and have just a slightly better offense than Columbia.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Valparaiso 68, Columbia 64

03/18 10:38:46 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Big Ten: Michigan at Michigan State

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
Final
UTA 100
PHO 105
Final
LAL 92
SAC 93
Final
GSW 119
DEN 112
Final
LAC 89
POR 99
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
Final
BSU 55
BYU 30
Final
CAL 41
OREG 59
12:00pm Today
WISC
MD
12:00pm Today
SMU
MEM
12:00pm Today
ILL
MINN
12:00pm Today
RICE
UNT
12:00pm Today
NEB
RUTG
12:00pm Today
KST
TEX
12:00pm Today
ARK
UAB
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
NILL
1:00pm Today
NAVY
SJST
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
Final
COL 7
VAN 3
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
Final
ANA 4
CLB 1
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST