Where: Athletics-Recreation Center
When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:00 pm ET
We have a Missouri Valley Conference matchup to consider for Saturday evening when the Indiana State Sycamores meet the Valparaiso Crusaders for an evening of Missouri Valley Conference college hoops action. Indiana State is 3-2 in the conference and enters this game riding a two-game winning streak. Valparaiso is 2-3 in the conference standings and is hoping to end a one-game losing streak when they host the Sycamores.
Sycamores Two Game Winning StreakIndiana State is 3-2 in the conference and has an overall record of 10-6 this season. The Sycamores have won three of its last five games and Saturday marks the beginning of a two-game road trip. Indiana State is 1-4 this season on the road and is fifth in the conference standings.
The Sycamores score an average of 71.2 points while allowing 67.5 points per game. Indiana State is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from downtown and 68.7percent from the charity stripe this season.
Indiana State has two players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Tyreke Key. The junior guard averages 17.6 points per game with 5.3 caroms and 2.1 assists. Key and is drilling 37 percent of his three-point attempts and is coming off a 13 point, five steals night in the Sycamores home win over Evansville.
Valpo Falls to Northern IowaValparaiso is 2-3 in conference play and boasts a 9-9 overall record this season. The Crusaders are 4-1 this season at home and have lost three of their last five games. Saturday marks game one of a one-off homestand before a road game against Missouri State and the Crusaders are currently tied for fifth in the conference standings.
Tough outcome on the road against a talented team.— Valpo Athletics (@valpoathletics) January 16, 2020
2️⃣8️⃣ points for @AintuJavon, the Indiana Army National Guard Player of the Game
5️⃣ assists for Zion Morgan @yk2mo, the BrightStar Care assists leader
1️⃣3️⃣ points for Krikke, featured in our Papa John's stats graphic pic.twitter.com/ErjcYSibD7
The Crusaders score an average of 73.9 points per game and allow 72.9 points per game this season. Valpo makes 43.9 percent of its field goal attempts, 33.7 percent of its triple tries with a 69.2 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
Valpo has two players scoring in double figures and is led by sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty. The sophomore guard scores an average of 20.9 points per game with 5.5 caroms and 3.3 assists. Freeman-Liberty scored 28 points with eight rebounds in the Crusaders road loss to Northern Iowa.