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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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Let's go streaking

Oakland and its players aren't hiding from the fact they're about to break the conference's all-time consecutive wins streak Saturday for fear of a jinx. They're taking it head-on.
“We talk about it every practice, every game," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "We talk about it before and after games. We talked about it all day (Friday) and we’ll talk about it all day (Saturday). It’s on our goal board. It’s not something we’re hiding from. That’s been all we’ve talked about since the league (season) started. We’ve never even mentioned the fact we’re in first place or what our record is.
"We knew if we hit the streak, we’d be in first place. Not so much the streak, but breaking the record. … We want to break the record. We want to be the best ever.
Kampe said center Keith Benson and front-court mate Will Hudson will have to be the focus of Oakland's offense to beat North Dakota State Saturday to get consecutive league win No. 17. The Grizzlies' defense can't worry too much about Bison leading scorer Michael Tveidt (14.2 ppg), but focus on holding his teammates in check.
“(Michael) Tveidt is going to get his," Kampe said. "We’ve got to take care of the rest of those guys. We have to make sure somebody else doesn’t go off. … He’s just too good of a player to shut down."
It's cold everywhere right now, but it's -11 in Fargo, N.D., with a wind chill of -27.
“This is where I think the streak and goal is good for us," Kampe said. "It’s keeping us focused on the mission. We’re not worried it’s cold. We’re not worried where we’re at. We know this is the game we have to win."

... The Bison, of course, were the last team to beat Oakland in the Summit League Tournament, beating Oakland on a last-second shot to win the title and go to the NCAA tournament. ... Kampe said senior guard Larry Wright is 100 percent and sophomore guard Ledrick Eackles is just 85 percent, but would play in a pinch.


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