Valparaiso upended at Oakland (Michigan)

SONG SELECTION:

“While Men Are Dreaming”, by Jenny (Lewis) and Johnny (Johnathan Rice)

Released August 31, 2010 via Warner Brothers Records

On an rather unseasonably warm weather day in the Midwest by February standards, Valparaiso struggled at Oakland of Michigan.  The Golden Grizzlies used a 21-6 run early in the second half to break open a tie at 34.  Leading the charge for Oakland was Martez Walker with a game high 23 points and Nick Daniels off the bench had 15.

For the Crusaders, Alec Peters struggled most of the night in not scoring a lot of points until very late in the first half.  He finished with a team high 22 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 2 of 4 from the free throw for 50 percent each.  Shane Hammink contributed 15, while Jaume Sorolla managed to chip in with 14.  Valpo got as close as eight points, but it was not enough as their Horizon League lead is sliced to one game.

In the Ivy League, Princeton won at Yale for the first time since 2011 in a convincing 71-52 win.  They were led in scoring by Devin Cannady who had 29 points, including seven treys.  It was a back-and-forth affair for the first 14 minutes and then Princeton pulled away late in the first half.  Yale got as close as five at 40-35 early in the second half, but it was all Princeton after that.

For the Tigers, it was their 12th straight win as they are the only unbeaten team in the Ivy League and hold a two game lead over Harvard-who managed to squeak out a six point win at home over Columbia.  Princeton shot an incredible 59.1 percent from the field (26 of 44), while Yale finished at 19 for 49 (38.8 percent).

Yale sits alone in third, so the only battle is who might play Princeton in the first ever playoff game in Philadelphia.  Two games separate the bottom five teams:

Columbia, 4-5 in the league

Penn and Cornell, 3-6 each

Brown and Dartmouth, 2-7 each

Great to see parity finally catching up in the most tradition rich portion of our country.  But for one NCAA Division II school in the Midwest, there won’t be a happy ending.  I will have some brief details in my next blog.

P.S. The really huge games on Saturday are Villanova at Seton Hall (12:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX), Kansas at Baylor (1 p.m. on CBS), Texas Tech at West Virginia (2 p.m. on ESPN2), Michigan State at Purdue (4 p.m. on ESPN), Rhode Island at George Mason (4 p.m. on NBCSN), Virginia at North Carolina (8:15 p.m. on ESPN), and St. Mary’s at BYU (10 p.m. on ESPN2).

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