Preview of the CBE Classic - Milwaukee Region

Here is a team by team preview of Idaho State, Maine and Detroit Mercy, opponents Marquette will be facing this week on Monday and Tuesday at the CBE Classic to be played at the Bradley Center

Previews of the CBE Classic:



Idaho State: 

  • Location: Pocatello, ID
  • Mascot: Bengals
  • Conference: Big Sky Conference
  • 2005-2006 Record: 13-14 (4-10 in conference)
  • Head Coach: Joe O'Brien, first season in division one basketball, comes from Southeastern Iowa Community College, where he earned a record of 313-117, including 3 national titles (2000, 2003, 2004)
  • All-time series against Marquette: Marquette and Idaho State have never played
  • Other Facts:
    • Beat #2 UCLA in the 1977 NCAA tournament to end their ten year Final Four streak
    • Ranked #73 in the Street and Smith's All-Time College Basketball Programs listing
    • Have lost their last 16 road openers


Probable Starting Lineup:


#3 Akbar Abdul-Ahad:  6'0" senior guard from Minneapolis, MN, averaged 5.9 ppg last season along with 3.18 apg in 27 games played, had a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio, had a career high 7 assists on 12/3/05 against North Dakota State


#30 David Schroeder: 6'2" senior guard from Salmon, ID, one of two returning starters, averaged 15.3 ppg last season along with 1.8 apg, shot 42 percent from beyond the arc making 68 out of 161 shots, is four three-pointers away from tying career ISU record


#4 Logan Kinghorn: 6'5" junior forward from Rigby, ID, second returning starter, averaged  6.8 ppg last season along with 1.9 apg and .74 spg, shot 37 percent from the floor and 30 percent from beyond the arc, had a career high 7 assists in a 2/16/06 game against Portland State


#31 Matt Stucki: 6'5" sophomore forward from Pocatello, ID, appeared in 26 games in his freshman season for the Bengals, shot 45.8 percent from beyond the arc making 11 of 24 shots, averaged 3.7 ppg


#42 John Ofoegbu: 6'9" senior center from San Antonio, TX, transferred from Bobby Knight's Texas Tech program where in 2004-2005 he averaged 2.4 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 17 games for the Red Raiders, sat out 2005-2006 season due to transfer status





  • Location: Orono, ME
  • Mascot: Black Bears
  • Conference: America East Conference
  • 2005-2006 Record: 12-16 (7-9 in conference)
  • Head Coach: Ted Woodward, in his third season at the helm for the Black Bears, has amassed a 26-31 record at Maine and overall
  • All-time series against Marquette: 1-3, only win was on 2/5/96
  • Other facts:
    • Maine was picked to finish #2 in the America East Conference by the America East coaches


Probable Starting Lineup:


#5 Jon Sheets: 6'1" senior guard from Grass Valley, CA, averaged 9.4 ppg last season for the Black Bears, had team high 66 three pointers on 38.2 percent shooting, averaged 1.29 steals per game along with 2.8 apg, had a career high 6 assists against UMBC


#21 Kevin Reed: 6'3" senior guard from Yarmouth, MA, co-captain, sat out '05-'06 season with a medical redshirt, as a junior in '04-'05 averaged 12.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg, had 80 three-pointers, is Maine's all time leader in three point shooting, as a sophomore he led the nation in rebounding for players under 6'2", has amassed over 1000 points and 500 rebounds in his career at Maine


#12 Junior Bernal: 6'5" red-shirt freshman guard from Manhattan, NY, was forced to sit out the 2005-2006 season for undisclosed reasons


#44 Philippe Tchekane-Bofia: 6'6" sophomore forward from Yaounde, Cameroon, named to the America East All-Rookie team as a freshman, averaged 9.4 ppg and 5.5 rpg


#40 Olli Ahvenniemi: 6'10 senior center from Vaasa, Finland, co-captain, named to America East All-Defensive Team, started all 28 games last season for the Black Bears averaging 5.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg, also ranked 21st nationally in blocked shots with 2.57 per game, has a career average of 3.8 blocked shots per game




  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Mascot: Titans
  • Conference: Horizon League
  • 2005-2006 Record: 16-16 (8-8 in conference)
  • Head Coach: Perry Watson, in his 13th season at UDM, has compiled 10 winning seasons, 3 conference championships (94, 98, 99)
  •  All-time series against Marquette: Marquette leads 60-27
  • Other facts:
    • Former Marquette point guard Brandon Bell begins his first season with the Titans after sitting out due to transfer rules in '04-'05 and an Achilles tendon injury in '05-‘06


Probable Starting Lineup:


#31 Woody Payne: 5'10" freshman guard from Ypsilanti, MI, third team all-state selection, averaged 14.3 ppg and 6 apg as a senior, Titan coaches like his ability to penetrate and score


#5 Brandon Cotton: 6'0" junior guard from Detroit, MI, transferred from Michigan State after '03-'04 season, considered one of the top returning players in the Horizon League, Second Team All-Horizon League last season, finished with 17.5 ppg and 2.4 apg, can take over a game if he wants


#21 Nemanja Jokic: 6'6" freshman forward from Sombor, Serbia, averaged 20 ppg in high school ball in Europe, plays well fundamentally and can step out and hit the three when necessary


#23 Chris Hayes: 6'8" sophomore forward from Chicago, IL, averaged 1.3 ppg and 1.4 rpg as a freshman, only weighs 190 lbs and needs to add bulk to be effective post force


#45 Ryvon Covile: 6'9" senior from Detroit, MI, missed '05-'06 season due to knee surgery, in '04-'05 was named to Horizon League All-Defensive Team for second straight season, in the '04-'05 season averaged 5.2 rpg and had shot 52.9%

**Andrew Phillips is a senior majoring in Political Science.

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