NCAA Basketball

Valparaiso Crusaders (24-9)


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vs. UW-Mil 
W 67-61
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@ Wright 
W 84-74
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@ NortKY 
L 78-82
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vs. UW-Mil 
L 41-43
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@ Ill 
L 57-82
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Hill, Black carry Illini past Valpo 82-57 in NIT opener

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Malcolm Hill scored 25 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Jamall Walker picked up a win in his debut as the interim coach for Illinois, an 82-57 romp over short-handled Valparaiso in an opening game of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Hill made 7 of 12 shots, including four 3-pointers, and 7 of 8 free throws and became the fourth player to surpass 1,800 points for the Illini (19-14), who are seeded second in their bracket and are home against the Boise State next. Black had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Walker served as an assistant to head coach John Groce for five seasons until Groce was fired on Saturday.

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Leaders
Points: A. Peters23.0
Rebounds: T. Walker5.6
Assists: S. Hammink2.5
FG%: S. Hammink50.0%
FT%: A. Peters88.7%
3P%: A. Peters36.3%
Steals: L. Williams1.4
Blocks: J. Sorolla0.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga36-1
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 North Carolina31-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga36-1
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 UCLA31-5
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina31-7
9 Oregon33-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Horizon Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Oakland 14-4 25-9
Valparaiso 14-4 24-9
Northern Kentucky 12-6 24-11
Green Bay 12-6 18-14
Wright State 11-7 20-12
UIC 7-11 17-19
Detroit 6-12 8-23
Youngstown State 5-13 13-21
Cleveland State 5-13 9-22
Milwaukee 4-14 11-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 74.7 (142)
Rebounds: 10.6 (162)
Assists: 12.8 (229)
FG%: 44.4% (176)
FT%: 77.5% (11)
3P%: 32.4% (296)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 68.9 (91)
Rebounds: 27.3 (42)
Assists: 13.2 (171)
FG%: 41.4% (50)
FT%: 69.1% (105)
3P%: 33.1% (81)
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