At A Glance: Valparaiso

A closer look at Illinois' next opponent -- the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Illinois (2-0) vs. Valparaiso (2-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 13: 6:30 p.m. CT - Champaign, Ill. - State Farm Center

Notes (per sports info):

2-0 Start

- With the Crusaders' win over North Park on Sunday, @ValpoBasketball has started the season 2-0 for the second straight year.
- Valpo is in search of its first 3-0 start since the 2006-07 campaign.

Fastest to #50
- With the win over North Park, head coach Bryce Drew has now won 50 games in his coaching career.
- Drew is the ninth coach in @ValpoBasketball history to lead the Crusaders to at least 50 victories.
- Drew (50-20) became the quickest Crusader coach to 50 wins, surpassing Loren Ellis and Gene Bartow, both of whom were 50-29.

Fastest to #50
- With the win over North Park, head coach Bryce Drew has now won 50 games in his coaching career.
- Drew is the ninth coach in @ValpoBasketball history to lead the Crusaders to at least 50 victories.
- Drew (50-20) became the quickest Crusader coach to 50 wins, surpassing Loren Ellis and Gene Bartow, both of whom were 50-29.

Fastest to #50
- With the win over North Park, head coach Bryce Drew has now won 50 games in his coaching career.
- Drew is the ninth coach in @ValpoBasketball history to lead the Crusaders to at least 50 victories.
- Drew (50-20) became the quickest Crusader coach to 50 wins, surpassing Loren Ellis and Gene Bartow, both of whom were 50-29.

Fun Fact: The last time Illinois and Valpo played (Dec. 19, 2004), current Crusader assistant Roger Powell Jr., scored 14 for the Illini.

Powell Jr. is now in his third season as an assistant coach at Valparaiso. Powell played at Illinois from 2002-05, helping the Illini to three Big Ten titles and 114 wins during his career. He totaled 1,178 points with the Orange and Blue, currently ranked 32nd on the school's all-time scoring list.

Powell was the starting power forward on Illinois' famed 2005 squad that won a school- and then-NCAA record 37 victories, spent nearly the entire season ranked No. 1, and advanced to the Final Four in St. Louis before finishing as the National Runner-Up.

Starting lineup:

LeVonte Dority: G, Sr., 6-1, 200 - 15.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Jordan Coleman: G, Sr., 6-5, 190 - 15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Moussa Gueye: C, Sr., 7-0, 270 - 6.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Alec Peters: F, Fr., 6-8, 225 - 10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0
Bobby Capobianco: F, Sr., 6-10, 235 - 10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Off the bench:

Clay Yeo: G/F, Fr., 6-4, 180 - 10 ppg, 4 apg
Vashil Fernandez: F, Jr., 6-10, 245 - 8.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Nick Davidson: G, Fr., 6-3, 200 - 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Series history:

Series record: Illinois leads 5-0
Last meeting: No. 1 Illinois 93, Valparaiso 56 (Dec. 19, 2004)
Series streak: Illinois W-5
Record @ Champaign: Illinois W-5
Groce vs. Valparaiso @ Illinois: First meeting
Groce vs. Valparaiso all-time: 1-0

Notable quotable:

"It's going to propose a little bit of a different challenge. They run so many different things offensively. They screen really, really well. I've always felt like they've done a great job of that over the years. I had a chance to play them when I was at Ohio. They really screen you. They really cut hard. They execute really well the details of their offense. That's going to be challenge for us for sure." -- Coach John Groce.

Valparaiso team information:
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