Valpo gets shot at Maryland to make another NCAA moment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Think about how often you have seen Bryce Drew’s famous buzz-beater for Valparaiso. The one that broke Mississippi’s heart in the 1998 NCAA Tournament and turned little Valpo into one of March’s most memorable giant killers.

Dozens of times? Hundreds, maybe?

You still haven’t seen “The Shot” — as it’s known at Valparaiso — as much as the Crusaders.

“It’s hard to count how many times we’ve seen it,” Crusaders forward Alec Peters said Wednesday. “It’s on pictures throughout our campus.”

The Crusaders (28-5) are back in the tournament and so is Drew, now in his fourth season as coach. Valpo, the 13th seed in the Midwest Region faces No. 4 Maryland (27-6) on Friday.

The Crusaders have not won a tournament game since that surprising run to the Sweet Sixteen in 1998.

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