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1998-99 St. Mary's Men's Basketball Preview Information

General College Information
Location: 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987-1399
Founded: 1912
Enrollment: 1,200
President: Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC
Nickname: Cardinals
Colors: Red & White
Conference: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
National Affiliation: NCAA Division III
Home Arena: SMU Fieldhouse (2,500)
Director of Athletics: Don Olson
Sports Information Director:
 

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Coaching Staff
Head coach: Bob Biebel
Alma Mater/year of graduation: Saint Mary's,1979
Year at Saint Mary's: 2nd
Record at Saint Mary's: 5-19
All-Time Record: 184-85 (11 seasons, high school and college)
Coaches phone: 507-457-1674
Assistants: Ward Wittman, John Johnson
 
 
 

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SID Information
Donny Nadeau
Ph 507 457-1634
Fax 507-457-6967
E-Mail dnadeau@smumn.edu |
Web: http://www.smumn.edu/activities/sports/m-basketball/index.html |

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 1997-98 game by game
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 23 at Carthage L, 86-81
Nov. 25 at Aurora L, 90-72
Nov. 29 Concordia-Mequon L, 67-64
Dec. 3 at Winona State L, 71-51
Dec. 8 Macalester L, 87-82
Dec. 10 at St. Thomas L, 77-60
Jan. 3 at Concordia L, 63-59 (2 OTs)
Jan. 5 Hamline W, 66-55
Jan. 7 Gustavus L, 89-70
Jan. 10 at St. John's L, 77-50
Jan. 12 Bethel L, 88-79
Jan. 14 at Augsburg L, 93-71
Jan. 17 St. Olaf W, 72-59
Jan. 21 at Carleton L, 75-71
Jan. 28 St. Thomas L, 65-56
Jan. 31 at Macalester W, 71-55
Feb. 2 Concordia W, 70-58
Feb. 4 at Hamline L, 75-70
Feb. 7 at Gustavus L, 74-53
Feb. 11 St. John's W, 87-81 (OT)
Feb. 14 at Bethel L, 83-76
Feb. 16 Augsburg L, 81-65
Feb. 18 at St. Olaf L, 86-76
Feb. 21 Carleton L, 82-57

FINAL RECORD: 5-15 MIAC, 5-19 Overall

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1998-99 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 21 Iowa Wesleyan 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 at Concordia-Mequon  7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Viterbo  7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 Winona State  5:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 at St. Thomas  3 p.m.
Dec. 9 Macalester  7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Carleton  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Augsburg  3 p.m.
Jan. 4 St. Olaf  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 St. John's  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Hamline  3 p.m.
Jan. 13 Concordia  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 at Gustavus  3 p.m.
Jan. 20 Bethel  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 St. Thomas  3 p.m.
Jan. 27 at Macalester  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Carleton  3 p.m.
Feb. 1 Augsburg  7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 at St. Olaf  7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 at St. John's  3 p.m.
Feb. 10 Hamline  7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 at Concordia  7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 Gustavus  7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20 at Bethel  7:30 p.m.
 
 

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PLAYER AND TEAM INFORMATION
1997-98 Overall Record: 5-19
1997-98 MIAC Record: 5-15
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/3
Starters returning/lost: 5/0

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RETURNING STARTERS
G - J.B. Mathison, Sr., 6-0, 175, 16.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, led team in FT% (84.7) and 3-pointers (65, 42.2 %), honorable mention All-MIAC
G - Jim Long, Sr., 6-3, 190, 7.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg
F - Ryan Rankin, Jr., 6-6, 230, 11.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, honorable mention All-MIAC
F - Kevin Geist, 6-3, 195, Sr., 7.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
F - John Oleksyn, Jr., 6-4, 185, 7.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg

OTHER KEY RETURNERS
G - Jason Boll, 6-2, 6-1, 175, So., 7.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F - Joe Bolduc, 6-4, 205,  Jr., .30 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G - Ric Drake, 5-9, 160, Sr., 0.5 ppg, 0.4 rpg

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KEY NEWCOMERS
Tim Rowe, 6-7, Jr., F, Lawrence University
Brett Johnson, 5-11, Fr., G, Onalaska H.S.
Jason Dzick, 6-4, Fr., G, Duluth Denfeld H.S.
Sam Pociask, 6-0, So., G, Drake University
Greg Porter, 6-3, Fr., F-G, G.B. Notre Dame H.S.
Eric Peterson, 6-6, Fr., F, Mukwonago H.S.
 
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
 
 
 
 

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SEASON OUTLOOK
Depth will be a key for the Cardinals, who did not lose a player to graduation and return all five starters from a year ago. "There's no question this team is far better than the team we put on the court a year ago," said SMU head coach Bob Biebel, who is entering his second season as the Cardinals' head coach. "We're deeper,, we're more talented, we're bigger and stronger we've improved ourselves in every facet of the game." Wtih the return of  J.B. Mathison and Ryan Rankin, the Cardinals have the perfect 1-2 punch, and with several key returners and a solid crop of freshmen, Biebel expects the Cardinals to make a big move up the MIAC ladder.
 
 

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Preseason Roster
 


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