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1999-00 Carleton Men's Basketball Preview
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Last year 15-10 overall, 12-8 MIAC, 4th Place

College College Information
School: Carleton College
Founded: 1866
Location: Northfield
Enrollment: 1750
President: Steven R. Lewis, Jr.
Athletic Director: Leon Lunder
Team Nickname: Knights
Colors: Maize and Blue

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Head Coach
Guy Kalland

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Guy Kalland
Telephone: (507)646-4055 Fax: (507)646-5550
Alma Mater/Year: Concordia-Moorhead College, 1974
Record at School (yrs): 203-178 (after 15 seasons)
Career record (yrs): same
Assistant Coaches: Dan Larson, Dan Roiger

Captains: Mike Binder, Brandon Moersch

Overall record last year: 15-10
Conference Record/finish: 12-8/4th place

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Sports Information
Rob Lewis
Office Phone:  507-446-4185
Home Phone: (507) 645-0451
Fax: 507-646-4426
Email Address:  Rlewis@acs.carleton.edu
Website:  http://www.carleton.edu/campus/newsbureau/Sports/sportsinfo.html
 

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 1998-99 game by game results
15-10 overall, 12-8 MIAC, 4th Place
Date  Opponent  Site  Time  Result
11/23/98  University of Hawaii-Hilo Hilo, Hawaii  7:15 p.m. W, 70-68
11/25/98 Hawaii Pacific University Oahu, Hawaii 8 p.m. L, 96-62
11/27/98 Claremont College Claremont, Calif. 7:30 p.m. W, 67-57
11/28/98 Pomona-Pitzer College Pomona, Calif. 7:30 p.m. W, 87-79
12/5/98 St. John's University Away 7:30 p.m. L, 76-58
12/9/98 Concordia College (Moorhead) Home 7:30 p.m.  W, 71-66
12/12/98 St. Mary's University Away  3 p.m. L, 80-71
1/2/99 Bethel College Away 3 p.m. W, 96-90 (2OT)
1/6/99 University of St. Thomas Away  7:30 p.m.  L, 74-69
1/9/99 Gustavus Adolphus College Home 3 p.m. L, 69-62
1/11/99 Hamline College Home  7:30 p.m.  W, 90-68
1/13/99 Macalester College Home 7:30 p.m.  W, 73-71 (OT)
1/16/99 Augsburg College Home  3 p.m. L, 105-97 (OT)
1/20/99 St. Olaf College Away 8 p.m. W, 63-59
1/23/99 St. John's University Home 3 p.m. W, 88-67
1/27/99 Concordia College (Moorhead) Away 7:30 p.m.  W, 67-57
1/30/99 St. Mary's University Home  3 p.m. W, 83-67
2/1/99 Bethel College Home 7:30 p.m.  W, 75-71
2/6/99 University of St. Thomas Home  3 p.m. W, 74-63
2/10/99 Gustavus Adolphus College Away 7:30 p.m.  L, 61-43
2/13/99 Hamline University Away  3 p.m. W, 91-86
2/15/99 Macalester College Away 7:30 p.m.  L, 68-57
2/17/99 Augsburg College Away 7:30 p.m. L, 77-60
2/20/99 St. Olaf College Home 3 p.m. W, 73-58
2/25/99  Augsburg (MIAC Playoffs) Away 7:30 p.m. L, 99-63
 

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1999-2000 Schedule
Date  Opponent  Site  Time / Result
November 26-27  Colorado College Tourney Colorado Springs, Colo. TBD
November 30 Crown College   St. Bonifacius, Minn.  7:00 p.m.
December 4 St. John's University  Away    7:30 p.m.
December 8 Concordia College  Away    7:30 p.m.
December 11 St. Mary's University  Away     3:00 p.m.
January 3 Bethel College  Home    7:30 p.m.
January 8 University of St. Thomas Home     3:00 p.m.
January 10 Gustavus Adolphus College Away    7:30 p.m.
January 12 Hamline University  Away     7:30 p.m.
January 15 Macalester College  Home    3:00 p.m.
January 17 Augsburg College  Away     7:30 p.m.
January 19 St. Olaf College  Home    7:30 p.m.
January 22 St. John's University Home    3:00 p.m.
January 26 Concordia College  Home    7:30 p.m.
January 29 St. Mary's University Home     3:00 p.m.
January 31 Bethel College   Away    7:30 p.m.
February 5 University of St. Thomas Away     3:00 p.m.
February 9 Gustavus Adolphus College Home    7:30 p.m.
February 12 Hamline University  Home     3:00 p.m.
February 14 Macalester College  Away    7:30 p.m.
February 16 Augsburg College  Home    7:30 p.m.
February 19 St. Olaf College  Away    3:00 p.m.
 

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Brief Player & Team Information
Overall record last year: 15-10
Conference Record/finish: 12-9/fourth place, first-round MIAC playoff berth
Starters Returning/Lost: Two/Three
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: Six/Five
 

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Top Returners:
Brandon Moersch, Sr., G, 6-2, set single-season record with 156 assists last season (17 vs. St. John's)
Steve Knutson, Jr., F, 6-4, averaged 42.3 percent (14-33) from 3-pt distance, 3.0 ppg

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Top Newcomer:
Scott Christensen, Fy., G, 6-1, Northfield, Minn.
 

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Key Losses:
Josh Wilhelm, F, four-time All-MIAC first team, all-time leading scorer (1,967 points), averaged 23.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg last season, graduated
Paul Novotny, F, All-MIAC in 1998-99, 18.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, end of eligibility
Matt Tompkins, F, started all but six games last season, averaged 40 percent (32 of 80) on 3-pt attempts, graduated
Ben Pearson, So., F, 6-7, logged 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg in 19 min/game last season, medical issues
 

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Season Outlook/Notes:
by School's SID

 Guy Kalland jokes that he’s been doing some research, but he can’t find any evidence to suggest that graduated players can return for an extra season.

 Kalland, who enters his 16th season as the head coach at Carleton, would certainly love to squeeze another year from last year’s crop of seniors: four-time All-MIAC center Josh Wilhelm, All-MIAC forward Paul Novotny, and steady wing player Matt Tompkins. Wilhelm, a GTE Academic All-America Second Team selection, finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in school history. Novotny, who transfered from the University of North Dakota to Carleton in 1997-1998, was the MIAC Sixth Man of the Year that season before earning All-MIAC first-team honors in 1998-1999; Tompkins led the team in 3-point shooting last year.

 But Kalland knows that graduation is an inevitability, and that his club was only one of many senior-laden MIAC teams last season.

 “Players graduate all the time, but you hope that tradition doesn’t graduate,” Kalland said. “But what a hellacious turnover in terms of loss of talent across the conference — are our challenges any different from anyone else this year? No.”

 The challenges for Carleton, however, are different than anything that Kalland has faced in the last 15 years — the Knights enter the season without a bona fide big man, thanks to the departures of Wilhelm and Novotny, and the absence of key sophomore Ben Pearson due to medical problems.

 Under Kalland, the Knights have traditionally relied on a strong inside game to open up the perimeter. That will change this year, as Kalland said that defensive intensity and strong perimeter play will be the hallmarks of the team.

 “The pressure will be on our perimeter guys to open things up inside, either through penetration or through creating shots,” Kalland said. “Last year, our perimeter guys got some awfully good looks, thanks to Josh and Paul inside.”

  With heightened pressure on the perimeter players to perform, the Knights will keenly feel the absence of senior point guard Brandon Moersch (Northfield, Minn.), out until January with a torn ACL. Moersch set the Carleton single-season and single-game assist records last season (156 and 17, respectively), and will stabilize the Carleton offense when he returns.

 “We’ll miss him at the beginning of the year — it’s obviously a hit to lose him, but we’re hoping that there will be a payback in terms of the depth we establish,” Kalland said.

 Although the Knights lose 86 percent of their scoring from last year, due to either graduation, injuries, or non-returnees, Kalland is confident that last year’s statistics don’t tell the story on the perimeter. Key to Carleton’s attack will be junior wings Steve Knutson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Jeff Jensen (Billings, Mont.), along with sophomore Peter Kiedrowski (Minneapolis) and highly-touted first-year point guard Scott Christensen (Northfield, Minn.).

 Jensen, technically the team’s leading returning scorer (3.9 points per game), will play a heightened role as a starter this season, and will be more comfortable in the Knights’ system after transferring before his sophomore season from Macalester. Knutson, for his part, battled early injuries, but was highly accurate beyond three-point distance (42.4 percent).

 “Jeff’s comfort level with his shooting is up, and his defense has really improved,” Kalland said. “Steve has the potential to be all-MIAC — he’s a continual thinker on the floor.”

 Kiedrowski, a talented wing player who saw little playing time in 1998-99, makes “the best decisions of anyone on the team,” according to Kalland, while Christensen, a two-time All-Missota Conference selection at guard, will step in immediately at point guard.

 In the paint, the Knights may lack a true post player, but that doesn’t mean they’ll suffer on the boards; Kalland expects balance in rebounding, but noted that Jensen and Mike Binder, (Sr./West St. Paul, Minn.), a converted guard who will be the team’s de facto big man, will challenge other team’s post players.

 “Mike will give up a few inches on the guys he’s covering, but he’ll stretch the defense — they’ll have to cover him out beyond the 3-point line,” Kalland said.

 Additional muscle underneath will come from Steve Nuessle, a 6-4 sophomore (and starter at tight end for the Carleton football team) who prepped at Bloomington Jefferson but did not play last season.
 And in the long run, Carleton’s small numbers and guard-oriented attack won’t be as much of a handicap in a MIAC decimated by graduation.

 “When the coaches say that the league is balanced, they’ll mean it this year,” Kalland said.
 

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Preseason Roster

No. Name   Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown/High School
11 Brandon Moersch Sr. G 6-2 Northfield, Minn.
13 Jeff Jensen  Jr. F 6-4 Billings, Mont./Skyview
21 Peter Kiedrowski So. G 6-3 Minneapolis/Minnehaha Academy
23 Scott Christensen Fy. G 6-1 Northfield, Minn.
31 Ian Berdie  Jr. G 5-10 St. Paul, Minn./North
35 Mike Binder  Sr. G 6-3 West St. Paul, Minn./Henry Sibley
43 Steve Knutson  Jr. F 6-4 Eden Prairie, Minn.
45 James Skjong  Sr. F 6-4 Tyler, Minn./Russel-Tyler-Ruthton
55 Steve Nuessele  So. F 6-4 Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
 
 
 
 
 

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