Fri. Nov. 8 -- Valparaiso 76, Murray State 72 (OT)
* The Crusaders begin the night by raising their 2012-13 championship banners and then continue by raising expectations for the current season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. LaVonte Dority hits back-to-back 3-pointers during a 11-0 run to close out regulation and then freshmen Alec Peters and Clay Yeo come into their own in the extra session.
Sun. Nov. 10 -- Valparaiso 88, North Park 53
* Andrean product Nick Davidson ends any speculation that he'll redshirt this season by scoring seven points and dishing out three assists in a solid 12 minutes of court time.
Wed. Nov 13 -- Illinois 81, Valparaiso 58
* The Crusaders get into serious foul trouble early as Moussa Gueye is whistled for two infractions on the first three possessions of the game. Vashil Fernandez and Bobby Capobianco don't fare much better against the Big Ten officials. David Chadwick surprises by leading Valparaiso with 13 points.
Sun. Nov 17 -- Ohio 71, Valparaiso 68
* The Bobcats are in the same position as Valparaiso this season having lost a good deal of senior talent from last season's squad. Two relatively inexperienced teams coming off humbling losses to Big Ten teams battle in a close game throughout with the advantage going to the home team.
Wed. Nov. 20 -- Evansville 64, Valparaiso 63
* Just when it appears the Crusaders are going to pull out a road victory, Vashil Fernandez is whistled for a technical foul after blocking a shot off the backboard. Bryce Drew throws his arms up in the air and is whistled for a second technical foul. The Purple Aces hit all four free throws in the final minute and then Dority is called for carrying on Valparaiso's final possession.
Sat. Nov. 23 -- Valparaiso 77, James Madison 68
* The Crusaders get a much-needed win at home after dropping three straight road games. Jordan Coleman breaks out with 22 points. Unfortunately there are no students to see it as the school won't extend resident hall hours to allow students to attend the 2:05 start.
Tue. Nov. 26 -- UCF 68, Valparaiso 63
* Valparaiso drops its first game at the Athletics-Recreation Center before Bryce Drew sounds like his father in the postgame press conference when he utters "Our shooting was as cold as the weather tonight."
Fri. Nov. 29 -- Valparaiso 75, Mercer 59
* Six players score in double figures as the Crusaders hit 17 3-pointers and outrebound Mercer 42-23. When all is said-and-done, this game represents one of Valparaiso's best pure statistical outputs of the season.
Sat. Nov. 30 -- Valparaiso 87, Cincinnati Christian 44
* Bryce Drew trots out a starting lineup that includes two managers and three former football players. Jabril Baker scores 23 points and throws down three rim-rattling dunks in a breakout performance. He's allowed to stay on the team, but never sees the court again the rest of the season.
Wed. Dec. 4 -- Valparaiso 72, Ball State 63
* Peters has his first real dominant game of the season as the freshman delivers 27 points and 12 rebounds against the Cardinals.
Sat. Dec. 7 -- St. Louis 69, Valparaiso 54
* SLU transfer Keith Carter can only watch from the sidelines as the Crusaders score a season-low 54 points. Meanwhile, Georgetown transfer Josh Smith has 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Hoyas beat Colgate 102-67 in a game televised on Fox Sports 1. The NCAA continues to make no sense whatsoever.
Sat. Dec. 14 -- Valparaiso 121, Loyola Marymount 114 (3 OT)
* Records go out the window as the Crusaders match Loyola Marymount's reinvented "Guru of Go" offense in a score-first, pass-later contest at the ARC. Valparaiso gets four players with at least 20 points and Capobianco hits four 3-pointers in the overtime periods to ice the victory.
Sat. Dec. 21 -- Valparaiso 78, Southeastern 59
* Keith Carter misses his first six shots in a Valparaiso uniform before finally getting on the board because of a goaltending call. Carter shakes off his nerves in the second half and finishes with 21 points while leading the Crusaders with eight assists.
Sun. Dec. 22 -- Valparaiso 72, UCF 70
* Peters hits a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Crusaders their first one-possession victory of the season. A knee injury to Capobianco in the early stages of the game overshadows the win, but Jubril Adekoya delivers his best game of non-conference with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Sun. Dec. 29 -- East Tennessee State 73, Valparaiso 67
* Capobianco returns to the lineup, but the guards are getting frustrated with playing time as Drew sticks to his eight-man rotation. Lexus Williams presses when he gets on the floor late in the first half and turns the ball over on three straight possessions to turn the tide of the game.
The Crusaders head into Horizon League play with a 9-6 record and lineup questions. Had the NCAA ruled Carter eligible at the beginning of the season, Valparaiso likely would've been 11-4 and rolling by conference play. Instead the team has more questions than answers when getting ready for UIC on Jan. 2.