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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, January 6, 2012

Oakland finally getting a break after IUPUI visit

Win or lose Saturday against IUPUI, Oakland is guaranteed a seven-day break before its next game at IPFW Jan. 14. That will be the Grizzlies’ longest break of the season, after playing on two-day’s rest in three of four games. Oakland did get a five-day rest between the Western Michigan loss Dec. 23 and a rout at North Dakota State Dec. 28. Of course, they weren’t able to practice over the Christmas holiday and had to travel. 
“What we’ve got to do is like a football team that has to get to halftime, Kampe said. “We have not had practice time. We played all those games right before Christmas. We went home for two days and came back and played on the 28th and 30th and then we had a day off and then Tuesday, tonight and Saturday.
“We get a week off. We’re going to be able to get in the gym and have some real practices where we don’t kill the kids. We probably could’ve had some of those this week and not have worried that we were playing games.”

Bad news first: The Grizzlies had 20 turnovers and just six assists on 19 baskets. … The Grizzlies shot less than 40 percent (39 percent) in the first half for the fifth time in the last six games. … The 61 points scored is the fifth-lowest output for Oakland inside the O’rena. Ever. … Oakland is 0-4 this season when scoring between 60-69 points.... Hamilton, after his first turnover-free game Tuesday against Oral Roberts, committed five Thursday and had just three assists.
Some good: Oakland shot 35 percent from 3-point range (7 of 20), its highest in its last seven games dating back to a 41-percent outing Dec. 17 at Valparaiso. …. With 13 points on 4-of-8 3-point shooting, Travis Bader reached double figures for the 12th time in 18 games. With 15 points, Drew Valentine has done so 13 times. Reggie Hamilton, 16 points, is the only Oakland player to reach double figures each game this season.

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