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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, December 2, 2011

Travis Bader runs wild on Coyotes

Judging by his postgame comments regarding his shooting, it seems some have questioned Travis Bader's ability this season. After his meteoric rise to a starting role as a freshman, Bader drew early comparisons to Erik Kangas -- comparisons that could still come to fruition.
Thus far this season, Bader is playing several more minutes and scoring more, averaging 15 points per game in 34 minutes per game. His shooting percentage is down slightly (38 percent), but many of Oakland's early games came against tough non-conference play.
“Some games I may go 2 for 7 and people ask me questions like ‘You’re not shooting as well as last year, what’s going on?’ ” Bader said. 
Enter South Dakota. The Summit League newcomer brought the best in Bader Thursday, as he opened the game with consecutive 3-pointers, eventually hitting a career-high eight triples.
“I was surprised they zoned us. Nobody really ever comes in here and zones us," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said.
“It allowed Travis to get some open looks. He’s not going to get a lot of open looks against Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee. They’re going to be draped to him. It was good for him to get in a rhythm and get him where he can set his feet and get some shots off.” 
Bader was 10 of 16 shooting and reached a new career high 38 points. Let the Kangas comparisons commence once again.

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