Paul Oren: That kind of magic -- speaking of The Shot -- is once-in-a-lifetime magic. That said, Valparaiso has had plenty of opportunities since the Sweet Sixteen run. Bad draws have consistently hindered the Crusaders, starting with the Terps and Stevie Franchise in '99. Valparaiso played eventual champion Michigan State in 2000 and then a 27-2 Gonzaga team in Seattle in the '04 tournament.
Valparaiso's best chance for a tourney win looked to be in 2002 when all the freshmen from the '99 game against Maryland were seniors. Much of the nation picked the Crusaders in a 4-13 contest, but Kentucky put aside its "Team Turmoil" nickname and rolled to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to the eventual national champions, Maryland.
The Crusaders had a nine-year drought from the NCAA tournament while they transitioned from the Mid-Continent Conference to the Horizon League. Valparaiso finally broke through in 2013 and looked like a trendy upset pick before the committee matched it up with Michigan State. The Crusaders just didn't have the size to compete with the bigger Spartans.
Speaking of Drew, what's his style now that he's the head coach?
Drew has certainly earned his stripes as a coach, having been named the Horizon League Coach of the Year for the second time this season. Drew has had to deal with a variety of injuries this year and his strength has been his ability to reinvent the team at every turn.