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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

No. 14 seed OU will head to Milwaukee for first-round NCAA game against Pitt


From staff and wire reports
ROCHESTER — Oakland is the 14th-seeded team in the West Region, with a first-round matchup against third-seeded Pittsburgh Friday at 2:55 in Milwaukee's Bradley Center. The draw surprised Oakland coach Greg Kampe, who had hoped for a higher seed. The location bodes well for the Grizzlies, whose fans will have an easier time traveling to a neighboring state than they would to say, San Jose, Calif.

Oakland earned an automatic bid after winning the Summit League championship last Tuesday over IUPUI behind senior forward Derick Nelson's tournament MVP performance. The Grizzlies (26-8) are in the NCAA field for the second time. They won a play-in game in 2005, before falling to eventual champion North Carolina.
Kampe and junior center Keith Benson (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) say the team's preseason goal was to win two NCAA tournament games this year, and the goal was restated after the team wrapped up the Summit League championship in Sioux Falls, S.D., last week.




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