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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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Keith Benson returning to campus

Oakland alum Keith Benson will have his number retired at halftime of Monday's game against Tennessee, which will be broadcast on ESPNU at 9 p.m. Benson will be  the third Oakland player to have his jersey retired, joining No. 5 Scott Bittinger ('84-'88) and No. 1 Rawle Marshall ('02-'05).When the banners were taken down for the recent GOP debate at the O'rena, the previous banners for Bittinger and Marshall were replaced and moved from the north to the south end of the arena, next to the scoreboard, as seen in the grainy cellphone picture above.
Benson was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks No. 48 in June's NBA draft and worked out with the team sparingly before the NBA lockout began July 1. He played briefly in Italy until recently. 

... Also, Oakland's Dec. 20 tip at No. 23 Arizona will be carried on Fox Sports Detroit Plus and may be moved to FSD's primary channel if the Pistons' game is canceled due to the NBA lockout.


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