Concordia College Cardinals


Concordia College Quick Facts

Name: Concordia College
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Founded: 1963
Enrollment: 550
Nickname: Cardinals
Colors: Red and white

Head coach: Dan Wilde
Alma mater: Western Illinois
Record at Concordia: 18-82 (3 years)
Ass't coach: Greg Liebrecht
Alma mater: Bluffton '96
Head trainer: Jeff Maier

Affiliation: NAIA
Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
1999-2000 Overall record: 9-25
1999-2000 KCAC record: 4-10
Starters returning/lost: 5/0
Last WHAC championship: 1999
First year of basketball: 1977
Overall record: 172-511
WHAC Member schools: Acquinas, Concordia, Cornerstone, Indiana Tech, Madonna, Siena Heights, Spring Arbor, Tri-State.


Concordia squad headed for success

Current season record: 5-7

Returning all five starters to improve on last year's 9-25 record, Concordia College is well on its way to doing just that, having already notched five victories this season. The Cardinals have dropped two straight, but before that won four of five games with their only loss over that stretch coming at Rochester in overtime. Over the last seven games Concordia is averaging nearly 87 points per game and the Cardinals show no signs of slowing down.

That powerful offense is led by 6-2 senior guard Dave Behnke, who is averaging 26.3 points per game this season and has added 7.8 rebounds per game and 34 steals. Behnke lit up Rochester for 42 points and with his 39 three-pointers is one of a trio of talented outside shooters on the Cardinal squad. Joining Behnke outside the arc are 6-1 senior guard Brandon Bekius and 6-3 junior guard Jeremy Griffin. Bekius has nailed 40 treys and averages 12.1 points per game, while Griffin has connected on 23 shots from downtown and scores 8.6 points per contest while at the same time collecting a team-best 42 assists.

Behnke started all 34 games for Concordia last season and averaged 22.4 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. Joining him in the starting lineup are Bekius and Griffin along with 6-4 senior Andy Koehneke, 6-3 sophomore DeOndre Head and 6-5 junior Mike Havlik. Koehneke is off to an amazing start this season himself, having hit 35 of 43 field goal attempts for an unbelievable 81.4% shooting percentage. Head is the team's second-leading scorer with 12.9 points per game, while Havlik is one of the team's top rebounders and chips in nearly five points per game.

Concordia holds significant advantages over its opponents in shooting percentage and has connected on nearly 48% of their attempts from the field so far this season. However, the Cardinals have been outrebounded by nearly five boards per game and opponents are averaging 82 points per game against them. Concordia has also been victim to the turnover, averaging 17 give-aways per game.

Returning to Founders Hall for the tournament is Cardinal assistant coach Greg Liebrecht, who was a four-year varsity performer for the Beavers from 1992-93 through 1995-96.