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October 31, 2011

2011-12 Season - Vikings open with exhibition at Valpo

Senior guard Eric Safranski and his Augustana Viking teammates will take on Division I Valparaiso Thursday, November 3 at 7:05 CDT at the Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Indiana.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - For the sixth time during coach Grey Giovanine's 13-year stint at Augustana, his Vikings will be taking on an NCAA Division I opponent when they face the Valparaiso Crusaders at 7:05 p.m. CDT on Thursday, November 3 in Valparaiso, Indiana. Augustana, which finished 27-4 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament in 2010-11, comes into the contest as the nation's second-ranked Division III team according to the D3hoops.com preseason poll. Valparaiso went 23-12 a year ago, including a win over two-time national runner up Butler, and earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament. The Crusaders are led by first-year head coach Bryce Drew.

 The game will be video streamed live on the Horizon League Network and can be accessed via: http://www.horizonleague.org/live/4474.

 Drew is replacing his father Homer-who led the team for 22 seasons-on the Crusader bench. The younger Drew hit the iconic buzzer-beater that gave Valparaiso a first round victory over Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA tournament. He went on to a six-year playing career in the NBA.

 The Crusaders return eight players and two starters from last year's club, which finished one win shy of a Horizon League co-championship. The top returnee is 6-7 junior wing Ryan Broekhoff, who averaged 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and connected on 64 of 143 (.448) three point attempts last year. The other returning starter is 5-11 senior point guard Erik Buggs, who led the team with 109 assists in 2010-11.

 Augustana returns four starters and 11 letter winners, led by senior tri-captains Bryant Voiles (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.), Brian DeSimone (Buffalo Grove HS, Wheeling, Ill.) and Troy Rorer (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa).

 Giovanine, who sports a 226-93 (.708) record in 12 seasons at Augustana, has led the Vikings against Division I opponents Western Illinois in 2000-01 (a 76-71 win), Eastern Illinois in 2001-02 (an 87-71 loss), Southern Illinois in 2004-05 (an 89-53 loss) and Gonzaga in 2009-10 (a 79-40 loss). All of those games were regular season contests. The Vikings also played an exhibition game at Northern Illinois in 2007-08, won by the Huskies 77-64.

 

TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUPS

AUGUSTANA (27-4 in 2010-11)   

  

VALPARAISO (23-12 in 2010-11)       

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

PPG

RPG

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

PPG

RPG

20

Brian DeSimone

6-1

190

Sr

9.5

2.8

G

15

Erik Buggs

5-11

155

Sr

2.8

2.4

23

Troy Rorer

6-2

195

Sr

6.2

3.9

G

22

Jay Harris

6-2

155

So

5.1

1.3

34

Bryant Voiles

6-9

209

Sr

12.4

5.8

F/G

23

Matt Kenney

6-4

205

Jr

6.0

3.9

45

Kameron Norton

6-7

217

Jr

4.8

3.6

F

45

Ryan Broekhoff

6-7

215

Jr

10.3

5.2

44

Luke Scarlata

6-9

246

Jr

2.9

2.1

C/F

55

Kevin Van Wijk

6-8

230

Jr

5.1

2.3

  

FACTS ABOUT...         

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE

  

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

Rock Island, Illinois

Location

Valparaiso, Indiana

2,501

Enrollment

4,000

1860

Founded

1859

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin

Conference

Horizon League

Blue & Gold

School Colors

Brown & Gold

Vikings

Nickname

Crusaders

Steven C. Bahls

President

Mark A. Heckler

Mike Zapolski

Athletic Director

Mark LaBarbera

Dave Wrath

Sports Information Director

Aaron Leavitt

Rochelle Rittgers

Head Athletic Trainer

Rod Moore

Roy J. Carver Physical Education Center

Arena

Athletics-Recreation Center