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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, March 28, 2011

ESPN to force a reunification with Detroit?

On the final installment of “The Greg Kampe Show” Monday on WXOU, the long-time coach uttered the possibility of Oakland playing Detroit in ESPN’s Bracketbusters series next season.
“If it’s not a TV game, they try and do it based on proximity,” Kampe said afterward, noting if Oakland isn’t in a marquee matchup, it could be paired with a team like Eastern, Western or Central Michigan or even Detroit.
“I’ve always been against (Bracketbusters),” Kampe said. “I’ve always said no.”
The Summit League recently inked a deal to join the ESPN phenomenon, to Kampe’s displeasure.
“I have to follow through with what the league wants, (but) it doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.”
The rivalry with Detroit went cold in recent years, as the natural in-state rivals have failed to reach a date to play. Kampe even said in February he wouldn’t be playing Detroit — ever again.
While the Bracketbusters pairings won’t be announced until next February, the Grizzlies’ non-conference schedule will be released much sooner, but don’t expect a game with the Titans.


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