Valparaiso to join Missouri Valley Conference

Valparaiso has been selected as the tenth member to join the Missouri Valley Conference for the upcoming year ending a ten year tenure in the Horizon League.

Valparaiso has been a member of the Horizon League since 2007.

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports confirmed the report:

Breaking: Sources tell that Valparaiso has been chosen as the 10th team, to replace Wichita State, in the Missouri Valley.

The program most famous for the Bryce Drew buzzer beater in the 1998 tournament replaces Wichita State who joined the American Athletic Conference.

Valparaiso has been to the NCAA tournament twice since 2010 qualifying in 2013 and 2015.

Under first year head coach, Matt Lottich, the team finished this past season tied atop at Horizon league with a 14-4 conference record (24-9 overall) before losing to Milwaukee in the conference tourniquet quarterfinals.

Valparaiso loses star forward Alec Peters, likely a second round draft pick, but return Lexus Williams, Max Joseph, and Tevonn Walker. Three guards who averaged 22 plus minutes a game a year ago.

Incoming power five transfers Bakari Evelyn (Nebraska) and Joe Burton (Oklahoma State) should give the Crusaders tremendous depth in the back-court.

Valparaiso should be an immediate contender in the Missouri Valley Conference and is a solid replacement as the conference needed to find a quality program to fill the hole left behind after Wichita State’s departure.

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