NCAA Basketball

Valparaiso Crusaders (24-9)


Tue. 2/21 Fri. 2/24 Sun. 2/26 Sat. 3/4 Tue. 3/14
vs. UW-Mil 
W 67-61
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@ Wright 
W 84-74
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@ NortKY 
L 78-82
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vs. UW-Mil 
L 41-43
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@ Ill 
L 57-82
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Illinois crushes Valparaiso in NIT opener

(TSX / STATS) -- In its first game since head coach John Groce was fired, Illinois broke out to a big lead and rolled to an 82-57 victory over Valparaiso in first-round NIT action on Tuesday night at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

Second-seeded Illinois (19-14) got 25 points from senior swingman Malcolm Hill in just 27 minutes of action, while sophomore power forward Leron Black added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Illinois pounded the undersized Crusaders 43-26 on the boards to earn another home game for interim head coach Jamall Walker, Groce's top assistant, who will guide the Illini against the winner of Tuesday's game between third-seeded Utah (20-11) and Boise State (19-11).

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Leaders
Points: A. Peters23.0
Rebounds: T. Walker5.6
Assists: S. Hammink2.5
FG%: S. Hammink50.0%
FT%: A. Peters88.7%
3P%: A. Peters36.3%
Steals: L. Williams1.4
Blocks: J. Sorolla0.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Missouri Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Wichita State 17-1 31-5
Illinois State 17-1 28-7
Southern Illinois 9-9 17-16
UNI 9-9 14-16
Loyola Chicago 8-10 18-14
Missouri State 7-11 17-16
Bradley 7-11 13-20
Evansville 6-12 16-17
Indiana State 5-13 11-20
Drake 5-13 7-24
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