Future matchups with Texas?
At a team breakfast Monday, Oakland coach Greg Kampe regaled visitors with a story about how he tried to get Texas on the Golden Grizzlies' schedule three seasons ago after the Longhorns played Michigan State and Oakland beat Oregon in a doubleheader at The Palace. Reportedly, Texas coach Rick Barnes was less than enthused about such a matchup.
“We're always trying to get teams like Texas (on the non-conference schedule),” Kampe said. “We're always looking for a team that's willing to come play us. And if not, they're willing to pay us to go play there. I'd love to get them on the schedule again.”
“That's a true story, they didn't want to play us. We'll keep trying.”
No. 13 seed Oakland takes on No. 4 Texas Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament in the first meeting between the two programs. The Longhorns area 9.5 point favorite by oddsmakers. Rejection hasn't fazed the determined schedule-maker who helmed the Golden Grizzlies through six top-25 games this season and a trip to West Virginia.
“We're going to keep trying to get the big boys to come,” he said.
Texas A&M and Missouri have visited thus far and Tennessee is on the docket next season. The Missouri game still holds the O'rena record for attendance: 4,055.