ESPN to force a reunification with Detroit?
“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.