VALPARAISO, Ind. -- The Missouri Valley Conference has invited Valparaiso to join the league, replacing Wichita State.

The league announced Tuesday that its nine members voted unanimously to extend an invitation to the Crusaders, who currently play in the Horizon League, effective July 1. The Valley said it would have no further comment on the move pending the negotiation of terms.

The Valley, once among the nation's top mid-major programs, has been stung in recent years by the loss of two top men's basketball programs. Creighton bolted for the Big East and the Shockers, who've been upset about the NCAA Tournament seeds of late, left for the American Athletic earlier this year.


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