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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.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Leaders of the new school

After the record-shattering loss to IUPUI Saturday, a few unexpected voices perked up in the Golden Grizzlies’ locker room. With renowned leaders Johnathon Jones and Derick Nelson gone, Oakland hasn’t struggled enough yet to have to look toward is leader(s). They found it Saturday in the Conseco Fieldhouse dressing room.
“It was a combination of everybody,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “The whole locker room was mad. I wasn’t there for the end, so I didn’t know how that all went down. It was more of the underclassmen. Will, Larry and Kito are pretty quiet guys and just sat there. The underclassmen felt bad for letting the seniors down. They felt they had things taken from them and they weren’t happy. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond. We should have a good week of practice.”
Oakland has to wait a full week between games, but then has three straight home games to show its resolve before hitting the road to visit UMKC and Southern Utah, whip it handled easily to open league play in December at the O’rena.
Saturday’s tip against IPFW is scheduled before the women’s game to accommodate a TV broadcast, beginning at noon and will be aired on FSN Detroit.

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