Valparaiso holds off Cleveland State to win Horizon League title

It wasn’t pretty, but it was methodical nonethless.

You can add another line to Valparaiso Coach Bryce Drew’s stellar resume–2015 Horizon League Regular Season Champions as his alma mater beat Cleveland State on Friday night 56-53.

This means that the automatic bid for the Horizon League must go through the ARC in sometimes very snowy Porter County, Indiana.

And I bet that Ginger Zee of ABC News, a 2002 Valparaiso graduate herself loves reading this exciting news!

At times, the offense did look a bit shaky.  But after watching the tape delayed broadcast on ESPNU, Valpo’s key players delivered some key shots when it mattered most.  They played a methodical game and with the Crusaders leading in almost every key defensive statistical category, Cleveland State just simply couldn’t keep up–albeit the Vikings did cut the lead to 4 on a few occasions with six minutes to play.  In the end, Valpo showed a lot of desire and guts and proved to be the better team when it mattered most.

Finally, Iona swept the season series from Manhattan 79-75.  Six of their prior seven meetings saw both NYC rival schools have very close games, decided by three points or less (two went to overtime, one went two extra periods since 2012).

Time for me to get some much needed sleep–but a ton of big games on Saturday.  I will be keeping my eyes on two games in particular:

Northern Iowa at Wichita State, 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPN

BYU at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

Again, any upsets that occur–I will be all over it on Saturday night.
Take care, please continue to stay warm.


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