Tough competition – in the spotlight – is part of what Valpo basketball provides to its players and fans. Valparaiso consistently challenges itself against some of the nation’s best teams. In addition to playing in the always-tough Horizon League, the Crusaders have become well-known for taking on top teams on the road, at home, and in tournaments and other neutral settings in non-league play.
Over the last eight years, the Crusaders have played 21 games against teams ranked in the top-25, competing in at least two such games in seven of those eight seasons. Valpo also hasn’t been afraid to take on the best of the best, either. The Crusaders had a five-year stretch in which they faced off against a team atop the nation’s polls.