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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.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Praise comes from ESPN

ESPN college basketball guru Dick Vitale had some high praise for Oakland and center Keith Benson in a Thursday conference call.
“(Oakland coach Greg) Kampe does a phenomenal job and Benson is a big-time player,” Vitale said. “They can play with people. They’ve lost to Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan beat them as well, but they went out and played. They played quality teams, so they’re not going to be intimidated. “These types of clubs, they can sneak up and some Goliath is going to get them early. “They can flat-out play."
Call co-commentator Jay Bilas had this to say about the Golden Grizzlies:
“They are really an efficient offensive team. Benson is a potential pro. For teams at the mid-major level to be able to advance beyond an upset here and there, you’ve got to be able to score and defend in the post. People tend to forget one of the biggest reasons George Mason advanced so far in 2006, people say ‘guard play, guard play,’ yeah, but they had Will Thomas and Jai Lewis. They could score and defend in the post with anybody. With Benson, Oakland can do that. They’re just not as good defensively as they are offensively. They’re a much better offensive team than defensive."
More encouragement for Oakland heading into their third NCAA tournament, where they know they have to win a game.


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