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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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A break on the horizon for Grizzlies

After playing four games in six days, Oakland coach Greg Kampe fully acknowledged his team was getting tired. After Thursday's game against Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., the Grizzlies will finally get a full reprieve: They play just three games in the following 14 days.
"We’re going to give it our all tomorrow and then we realize the schedule’s really in our favor after that," Kampe said. "We don’t play again for seven days. In the next 14 days, we only play three games. We’re going to have time to rest and get healthy and start practicing again."
The Ohio State game last week was originally scheduled to take place in January during Oakland's down time, but had to be moved up to accommodate the Buckeyes' home arena schedule.
Oakland stole a victory at the Mabee Center last year, the Golden Grizzlies' first in a few years.
“We’ve won the regular-season championship twice and we’ve won at Oral Roberts twice — those same two years," Kampe said.
The Golden Eagles lost to IPFW Tuesday in their first home game in more than a month. It was just the Mastodons' second win in series history and first in Tulsa.
“This is a huge game for us, (but) more of a big game for Oral Roberts after they stumbled last night. I don’t think they’ve lost two home games in a row in probably seven or eight years. It’ll be a war tomorrow night. It’s two rivals going after each other," Kampe said.
The Golden Grizzlies maintain +6.2 rebounding advantage, having outrebounded No. 2 Ohio State, 43-41. Damen Bell-Holter is Oral Roberts' leading rebounder, averaging 7.2 per game. As expected, center Keith Benson leads the Grizzlies' efforts with 10.3 per game.
“We’ve got to defend and rebound. Those are our staples,” Kampe said. “Oral Roberts has good post players. They rebound the ball really well. ... We have to stop (Dominique) Morrison and (Warren) Niles. We know what those two guys can do."
Morrison (17.4 ppg) and Niles (12.6) are the Golden Eagles' leading scorers this season.
The game tips off at 8:05 p.m. and can be heard on WDFN-AM (1130) and seen on Fox College Sports.
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