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2001-2002 Concordia Men's Basketball Preview Information
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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2950
President : Rev. Thomas Thomsen
Athletic Director: Dr. Armin Pipho
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Arena: Moorhead Sports Center, Capacity 3,150
 

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Concordia Men's Baketball
First year of basketball: 1922-23
All-time play-off record: 2-3
Years in post-season play: 3
Last post-season appearance: 1995-96 / Result: Loss to Gustavus  72-61
All-time record: 781-993

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Men's Basketball Staff
Head Coach:  Duane Siverson
Alma Mater/Year: Yankton College '78
Record at school (years): 113-133, 11th Season
Career record: 263-160
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-4160
Best time/day to reach coach: 10:00 - 2:00

Assistant Coaches:
Fred Fridley , North Dakota State '97
John Whartnaby, Temple University

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Sports Information
Sports Information Director: Jim Cella
Office Ph.:  218-299-3194
Home Ph: 218-233-3698
Fax: 218-299-4189
E-Mail Address: cella@cord.edu
WWW Address: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/
 

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2000-2001 Game-by Game Results
H/A Date  Opponent       Time
 A 11/18  MSU-Moorhead   L 51-53
 A 11/30-12/2 Univ.of Redlands Tourney(CA)
   11/30  Chapman (CA)   W 80-77 OT 2OT
   12/1   Redlands       W 75-62
   12/2   Willamette(OR) W 109-107 4OT
 A 12/6   Augsburg       L 56-82
H  12/9   St. Olaf       W 60-54
H  12/16  Hamline        W 65-54
 A  1/6   Carleton       W 62-61
 A  1/8   Gustavus       L 61-72
H   1/10  St. Thomas     L 63-65
 A  1/13  Macalester     W 68-61 OT
H   1/15  St. Mary's     W 69-68
H   1/17  St. John's     L 52-67
 A  1/20  Bethel         L 47-83
 A  1/24  Hamline        W 89-76
H   1/27  Augsburg       L 66-85
A   2/1   St. Olaf       W 89-84
H   2/3   Carleton       W 79-78
H   2/5   Gustavus       W 70-67
 A  2/7   St. Thomas     L 69-83
H   2/10  Macalester     L 69-83
 A  2/12  St. Mary's     W 69-64
 A  2/15  St. John's     L 57-91
H   2/17  Bethel         W 81-71
  A  2/20  MIAC Tournament 1st Round
          @ St. Thomas   W 86-79
 A  2/22  MIAC Tournament Semifinal
          @ St. John's   L 52-69
 

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2001-02 Cobber Men's Basketball Schedule
*-MIAC D-Doubleheader w/Women #-JV Prelim
Date    Opponent          Site Time
Nov. 17 MSU-Moorhead      Home 3:00 D
Nov. 21 Black Hills State Away 7:30
Nov. 24 Mayville St.      Home 7:00
Dec. 1  Hamline           Away 3:00 *D
Dec. 5  Augsburg          Home 7:30 *D
Dec. 8  St. Olaf          Away 3:00 *D
Dec. 9  St. Mary's        Away 3:00 *D
Dec. 12 Gustavus          Home 7:30 *D
Dec. 15 UW-Superior       Away 3:00
Jan. 2  Briar Cliff (IA)  Home 7:30
Jan. 5  Carleton          Away 7:30 *D
Jan. 7  St. Thomas        Away 7:30 *D
Jan. 9  Macalester        Home 7:30 *D
Jan. 12 St. Mary's        Home 3:00 *D
Jan. 14 St. John's        Away 7:30 *
Jan. 16 Bethel            Home 7:30 *D
Jan. 19 Hamline           Home 3:00 *D
Jan. 23 Augsburg          Away 7:30 *D
Jan. 26 St. Olaf          Home 6:00 *
Jan. 30 Carleton          Home 7:30 *D
Feb. 2  Gustavus          Away 3:00 *D
Feb. 6  St. Thomas        Home 7:30 *D
Feb. 9  Macalester        Away 3:00 *D
Feb. 13 St. John's        Home 7:30 *
Feb. 16 Bethel            Away 3:00 *D
Feb. 19-24 MIAC Tourney   TBA  TBA
 

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Concordia Series Records Against MIAC Opponents:
Opponent      W  L   Series Started
Augsburg      54 68  1924
Bethel        17 27  1977
Carleton      18 21  1933
Gustavus      52 79  1922
Hamline       42 73  1922
Macalester    76 56  1922
St. Johnís    57 80  1922
St. Maryís    58 50  1929
St. Olaf      45 46  1922
St. Thomas    42 90  1922
 

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Player & Team Information
Overall record last year: 15-11
Conference record/finish: 11-9, T5th

Letterwinners returning/lost:  9/5
Starters Returning/lost:  4/1
 

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Key Returning Players
Name         Pos Yr Ht   Wt  Hometown/High School
Robb Flint    G  Sr 5-10 160 Dilworth MN DGF
Mike Syverson F  Sr 6-3  155 Twin Valley MN/Norman Co. East
Chris Thomas  F  Jr 6-3  175 Sioux Falls SD/Washington
Jeff Ubben    C  Sr 6-7  200 Moorhead MN/Moorhead
1999-2000 All-MIAC Honorable Mention, Averaged 12.5 points per game,5.9 rebounds per game in 2000-01.
 

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Key Losses (grad/transfer/injury/misc.)
Graduated players with experience
Name           Pos Ht  Wt  Hometown
Joe Snowden     G  6-0 175 St. Paul MN
2000-01 All-MIAC, Team Leader in Points (17.0), Sixth in the MIAC in scoring.
Kermit Cooper   F  6-2 185 Freeport, Bahamas
2000-01 MIAC Sixth Man of the Year, Third in the MIAC in rebounds.

Key Newcomers
Name           Pos  Yr  Ht   Wt  Hometown/High School
John Breneman   C   Jr. 6-7  250 Roseville MN/Minnehaha Academy
Donnie Groce    G   Jr. 5-11 160 Minneapolis MN/Roosevelt
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
When head coach Duane Siverson looks at the 2000-01 Concordia men's basketball roster, he sees potential. Potential to make a run at the top of the MIAC and potential to struggle to find consistency. This attitude stems from the fact that Siverson returns four starters from a team that finished fifth in the regular season in 2000-01, and then knocked off St. Thomas in the first round of the MIAC playoffs.  Yet at the same time, the team lost their leading scorer from a year ago and the MIAC's Sixth Man of the Year. Joe Snowden (Roseville, Minn.) led the Cobbers from the outside, averaging 17 points per game while Kermit Cooper (Freeport, Bah.) came off the bench to lead the Cobbers in rebounding. So, despite a strong nucleus of returning players, the Cobbers will need to find scoring and a presence underneath the basket.

The returning core of starters consists of guard Robb Flint (Sr., Dilworth, Minn.), forwards Chris Thomas (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.Dak.) and Mike Syverson (Sr., Twin Valley, Minn.) and center Jeff Ubben (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.). Ubben was second on the team in scoring with a 12.5 points per game average, while Thomas and Syverson combined for 15 points per game. Flint led the team in assists and was fifth in scoring.   The year of experience will help all four and if they can remain injury-free, then the Cobbers will have a solid foundation to make a strong run through the MIAC.

The team will be bolstered by the addition of size and quickness. The size will be John Breneman (Jr., Roseville, Minn.), a transfer from NCAA Division II North Dakota State.  The 6-7 250 pound Breneman will give the Cobbers an immediate presence underneath. His size and ability to score in a crowd will help the team deal with some of the MIAC's toughest teams. The speed will come from the agile legs of guard DonnieGroce (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.). Groce spent the last two years working in Minneapolis after competing at North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, N.Dak. He will bring much-needed maturity and quickness to the Cobber backcourt.

If the Cobbers can get through the first part of the season without completely falling down, then they have an opportunity to improve on their sixth-place finish from a year ago. Finding the right blend of players will be the key to the Cobbers success in 2001-02.

An In-Depth Look at the Cobers for 2001-2002:
Position-by-Position Breakdown:
Guards -
Robb Flint will be back to run the point for Concordia. The year of college experience he gained from last season will help him flourish offensively and defensively. His quickness and first step to the basket will help keep opposing defenses from pressing the Cobbers in their half court offense.  Joining Flint in the backcourt will be Donnie Groce. Groce with his lightning fast first step will give the Cobbers one of the quickest backcourts in the league. Adding depth at the guard position will be Kevin Gilchrest (So., Seattle, Wash.), Luke Karlgaard (Jr., Brainerd, Minn.) and Nathan Ohme (So., Bloomington, Minn.).

Forwards-
Syverson and Thomas will start at the forward positions but this will be a source of considerable depth for Siverson. He will have the option of going big or small depending on the situation. He can go smaller with a pair of 6-3 players in Trent Hagen (Jr., Pelican Rapids, Minn.) and Tom Lybeck (So., Fargo, N.Dak.). The full-size forward edition will feature Marcus Williams (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.), Soren Nelson (Fr., Twin Valley, Minn.) and Chris Wermerson (Fr., Brandon, S.Dak.) . Siverson also has the option of playing John Breneman at forward when Jeff Ubben is at center to give the Cobbers a "twin tower" look.

Centers -
Ubben and Breneman will be the anchors of the middle. They both possess size and the ability to go to the basket in a crowd. Ubben is looking to regain the form of 1999-00 when he was an all-conference honorable mention selection. The key for Ubben will be to remain healthy. Last season, despite playing in 24 of the 25 games, he was hampered by nagging injuries that kept him from going through a full season of practices. His unorthodox style of play will help the Cobbers consistently score points in the paint. Breneman will be the unknown factor in the Cobber's equation. He will offer size and a physical presence with a deft scoring touch. Siverson will have to decide where to put Breneman on the court to utilize all of his abilities.
 
 

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2001-2002 Preseason Roster:
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No Name           Pos Gr Ht   Wt  H'town St/HS
10 Luke Karlgaard  G Jr. 6-1  165 Brainerd MN/Brainerd
12 Robb Flint      G Sr. 5-10 160 Dilworth MN/DGF
14 Nathan Ohme     G So. 6-1  180 Bloomington MN/Bloomington Jefferson
20 Kevin Gilchrest G So. 5-11 165 Seattle WA/Chief Stealth
22 Wesley Bacchus  G Jr. 5-11 165 Los Angeles CA/Ocean View
24 Donnie Groce    G Jr. 5-11 160 Minneapolis MN/Roosevelt
30 Josh Downey     G Jr. 6-1  185 Bigfork MT/Bigfork
32 Trent Hagen     F Jr. 6-3  215 Pelican Rapids MN/Pelican Rapids
34 Tom Lybeck      F So. 6-3  170 Fargo ND/Oak Grove
34 Marcus Williams F Jr. 6-6  200 Minneapolis MN/Roosevelt
40 Mike Syverson   F Sr. 6-3  170 Twin Valley MN/Norman Co. East
42 Soren Nelson    F Fr. 6-5  195 Twin Valley MN/Norman County East
44 Chris Thomas    F Jr. 6-3  175 Sioux Falls SD/Washington
50 Jeff Ubben      C Sr. 6-8  200 Moorhead MN/Moorhead
52 John Breneman   C Jr. 6-7  250 Roseville MN/Minnehaha Academy
54 Chris Wermerson F Fr. 6-5  215 Brandon SD/Brandon Valley
 
 
 
 
 

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