Running Cobber Basketball 1980-81

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Askegaard and Oppegard lead Men cagers

Coached by John Eidsness, the Cobber men's basketball squad ended its 1981 season with a 9-15 overall record and an 8-10 record in the MIAC conference. As a team, the Cobbers attained 50 percent of attempted field goals and 70 percent of attempted free throws. Cobber game points averaged 72.2 compared with opponents' 74.0 average. The team set a school record in their game against St. Mary's, achieving 61.7 percent of their attempted field goals.

Team leaders were Andrew Askegaard of Barnesville, Minn., and Claude Oppegard of Fargo, N.D. Askegaard, a Cobber forward, led the team in both scoring and rebounding. He scored a season total of 310 points (12.9 point average per game) and captured 175 rebounds (7.3 rebound average per game). He was voted 1981 Cobber most valuable player and earned a spot on the all-MIAC basketball team.

Oppegard, the team's only senior, was voted 1981 honorary captain and the most inspirational player. Oppegard scored 230 points on the season for a 9.6 point per game average. He also gathered 108 rebounds (4.5 rebound average per game).

Concordia guard Greg Strand from Portland, N.D., earned honorable mention to the 11-man all-MIAC team.
 
 

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1980-81  Roster



 4 G 5'9 Jr. Gree Strand Portland, ND
 5 G 6'11 Jr. Steve Knutson Starbuck
 10 G 6'1 Fr. Dale Moe Duluth (East)
 20 F 6'5 Fr. Brad Willis Wadena
 22 0 6'S Fr. Chad Sheets Moorhead
 24 G 6'3 Jr. Mark Streed Moorhead
 30 F 6'3 Jr. Paul Dahigren Blgfork, MT
 32 F 6'3 Jr. Jim Knutson Pelican Rapids
 34 F 6'7 So. Jon Elde Fargo, ND (South)
 40 F 6'S Sr. Claude Oppegard Twin Valley
 42 F 6'6 Jr. Andy Askegeard Barnesville
 44 F 6'S So. Keny Nelson Wahpeton, ND
 50 F 6'6 So. Kyle Hansen Redfield, SD

Head Coach John Eldsness
Assistant Varsity Duane Siyerson
Junior Varsity Sonny Gulsyig

JV
 10 G 5'9 Fr. Chuck Nervick Duluth (East)
 12 0 5'9 Fr. Todd s.lk East Grand Forks, NO
 14 G 6'3 Fr. Jim Halvorson Lake Park
 20 F 6'5 Fr. Brad Willis Wadena
 22 F 6'1 Fr. Joel Olstad Apple Valley
 24 G 5'10 Fr. Greg Lindberg Rothsay
 30 G 6' Fr. Eric Ferris Barnesville
 32 F 6'1 Fr. Howard Bergland Carrlngton, ND
 34 F 6'2 So. Dave Hunnicut Wadena
 40 F 5'11 Fr. Mark Nelson Alexandria
 42 F 6'2 Fr. Dale Peterson Lake Park
 44 C 6'5 Fr. John Pratt Mayville
 50 C 6'4 Fr. Allen Hauck Rugby
 52 C 6'3 Fr. TIm Knotes Crookston
 54 C 6'4½ Fr. Dave Edwall New Brighton (Irondale)
 
 
 



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1980-81  Schedule


 1980-81 Men's Basketball

 Opponent       Results

 Alumni        W 89-86

 U of Manitoba  L 79-97

 Mayville      L 78-83

 MSU           L 79-81

 NDSU          L 85-89

 Hamline      *W 88-77

 Augsburg     *W 2-0?

 St. Scholast  W 105-72

 Valley City   L 59-84

 St. Olaf     *L 51-56

 St. Thomas   *L 68-72

 St. John's   *W 67-66

 Gustavus     *L 58-66

 MSU           L 90-107

 Bethel       *L 79-80

 Macalester   *L 55-67

 Hamline      *W 72-59

 Augsburg     *L 65-70

 St. Mary's   *L 68-74

 St. Olaf     *W 80-57

 St. Thomas   *L 67-73

 St. John's   *W 72-66

 Gustavus     *L 75-78

 Bethel       *L 75-79

 St. Mary's   *W 84-70

 Macalester   *L 57-64



 Record: Overall 8-16, MIAC 7-11, 8th

 Coach: John Eidsness


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1980-81  MIAC


 SCHOOL            W   L

 Macalester        13  5

 St. Thomas        13  5

 St. John's        11  7

 Gustavus          11  7

 Hamline           9   9

 Augsburg          8   10

 Bethel            8   10

 Concordia         7   11

 St. Mary's        7   11

 St. Olaf          3   15

 Macalester - 1st Championship

 St. Thomas - 11th Championship


 

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80-81 Season Stats




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80-81 All-MIAC



Greg Strand earned honorable mention to the 11-man All-Conference team.
 

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