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September 26, 2011

2011-12 Season - 2011-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Bryant Voiles, Brian DeSimone and Troy Rorer made big contributions a year ago as Augustana won the CCIW regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. All three return for their senior seasons.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
ARENA: Carver PE Center (1971)
CAPACITY: 1,900
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

BASKETBALL HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF BASKETBALL: 1901
OVERALL ALL-TIME RECORD: 1361-867 (.611) in 106 years
CCIW CHAMPIONS: (13) 1963 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1981 - 1982 – 1993 – 2003 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2011
NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: 12 (2011 – Elite Eight; 2008 – Midwest Regional Finals; 2007 – Midwest Regional; 2006 – Sweet Sixteen; 1993 - Final Four 2nd; 1983 - West Regional; 1982 - Elite Eight; 1981 - Final Four 2nd; 1980 - Midwest Regional Finals; 1977 - Midwest Regional; 1976 - Final Four 3rd; 1975 - Final Four 3rd)...NCAA Division III playoff record 26-13 with four Final Four appearances.
NAIA PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Five (1974 - Elite Eight; 1973 - Final Four 3rd; 1972 - Elite Eight; 1940 - First Round; 1939 - Second Round)...NAIA playoff record is 15-5 with one Final Four appearance.
NCAA COLLEGE DIVISION PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Four (1971; 1963; 1960; 1959)...NCAA College Division playoff record is 0-8.
UNITED STATES OLYMPIC TRIALS APPEARANCE: One (1936)...Lost in second round...Olympic Trials record is 1-1.
OVERALL POST SEASON RECORD: 42-27.

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
WRATH’S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
E-MAIL: davewrath@augustana.edu
INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu 

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Grey Giovanine (Central Missouri 1981)
GIOVANINE'S AUGUSTANA RECORD: 226-93 (.708) in 12 years at Augustana; 114-54 (.679) in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Giovanine has a 306-178 (.632) overall collegiate coaching record after compiling a mark of 80-85 in six years at NCAA Division I Lamar. He rebuilt the Cardinal program, going 47-37 in his last three years after posting a 33-48 record in his first three years at the Beaumont, Texas school.
BASKETBALL OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7254
BEST TIME TO REACH GIOVANINE: Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
ASSISTANT COACH: Tom Jessee (Augustana 1991)
ASSISTANT COACH: Dallas Duwa (Northeast Missouri State)
ASSISTANT COACH: Rick Harrigan (Augustana 2006)
TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa 1981)
 
TEAM INFORMATION
2010-11 RECORD: 27-4 (.871) overall; 14-2 (.875) at home; 10-2 (.833) on the road; 3-0 (1.000) at neutral sites.
2010-11 CCIW RECORD: 11-3 (.786) tied for first place; 6-1 (.857) at home and 5-2 (.714) on the road.

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 11/Three

STARTERS RETURNING: Four—Chris Anderson (West Carroll HS, Mount Carroll, Ill.), 6-4, 193, Sr...8.1 ppg...2.0 rpg...32.4% 3P...75.3% FT...29 assists...15 steals...Brian DeSimone (Buffalo Grove HS, Wheeling, Ill.), 6-1, 190, Sr...Co-captain...3rd team All-CCIW...9.5 ppg...2.8 rpg...42.5% FG...37.0% 3P...72.1% FT...86 assists...37 steals...George Dexter (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), 6-7, 200, Jr...4.4 ppg...2.7 rpg...54.4% FG...73.6% FT... 29 assists...15 steals...Bryant Voiles (Bryon HS, Byron, Ill.), 6-9, 209, Sr...Co-captain...Team MVP...2nd team All-CCIW...12.4 ppg...5.8 rpg...44.9% FG...41.4% 3P...70.7% FT...71 assists...24 blocks...22 steals.

STARTERS LOST: One – Kyle Nelson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.), 6-9, 230...Co-captain...Jostens Award finalist...D3Hoops.com & NABC 1st team All-Midwest...First team All-CCIW...13.7 ppg...6.6 rpg...51.4% FG...63.5% FT...56 assists...29 steals.

KEY NON-STARTERS RETURNING: Brandon Kunz (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, Ill.), 6-7, 220, Jr...2.4 ppg...2.5 rpg...54.2% FG...50.0% FT...Kameron Norton (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.), 6-7, 217, Jr...4.8 ppg...3.6 rpg...59.0% FG...68.2% FT...24 assists...12 blocks...Troy Rorer (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), 6-2, 195, Sr... Co-captain...Voted team’s Best Defender...6.2 ppg...3.9 rpg...41.6% FG...34.7% 3P...57.5% FT...73 assists...34 steals...Luke Scarlata (J. Sterling Morton HS, Berwyn, Ill.), 6-9, 246, Jr...2.9 ppg...2.1 rpg...66.7%FG...63.2% FT...15 blocks.

2010-11 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES
CCIW REGULAR SEASON CO-CHAMPS: 13th CCIW title—5th in the last nine years & 4th in the last six.
CCIW TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: Third championship in the six-year history of the tournament—only school to qualify for every CCIW tournament.
NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT: 12th appearance—Reached Elite Eight (26-13 all-time, two 2nd-place & two 3rd-place finishes).
ALL-TIME D3HOOPS NATIONAL RANKING: Ranked 7th in the final poll. There have been 169 top 25 polls by D3hoops.com since the start of the 2000-01 season…During that time Augustana has been ranked in the top 25 a total of 86 times…The Vikings have either been in the top 25 or in the “others receiving votes” category in 127 out of those 169 polls...This year’s team was ranked in the top 25 in all 15 polls with a high water mark of 3rd in weeks eight, nine and 11.
CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: Kyle Nelson (First Team)…Bryant Voiles (Second Team)...Brian DeSimone (Third Team).
JOSTENS AWARD FINALIST: Kyle Nelson (One of 10).
D3HOOPS.COM ALL-MIDWEST REGION : Kyle Nelson (1st Team).
NABC MIDWEST REGION ALL-DISTRICT: Kyle Nelson (1st Team).
CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Augustana led the CCIW in scoring margin (+9.1 ppg)...scoring defense (57.7 ppg)...field goal defense (.404)...rebounds (37.0 rpg)...rebound margin (+7.3 per game)...offensive rebounds (12.1 per game)... defensive rebounds (24.9 per game).

2010-11 MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Most Valuable Player: Bryant Voiles
Best Defender: Troy Rorer
Leading Rebounder: Kyle Nelson
2009-10 Captain: Kyle Nelson, Bryant Voiles
2010-11 Captains-Elect: Brian DeSimone, Troy Rorer, Bryant Voiles
Junior Varsity MVP: Kevin Schlitter