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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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Summit League race more important than Bracketbusters to Oakland coach Greg Kampe

An staunch critic since the Summit League enlisted its teams into this season’s ESPN Bracketbusters series nearly a year ago, Oakland coach Greg Kampe reasserted his position again Monday when it was learned the Golden Grizzlies would travel to Illinois State Feb. 18, a seven-hour bus trip. He was incenensed that his team would be asked to take such a trip in the heat of conference play, a game that also forced Oakland to reschedule the Jan. 3 visit by longtime rival Oral Roberts, which was visiting the O'rena for likely the final time.
But what if the Bracketbusters series was at a different time of the season? Kampe’s stance softened just a little bit, but he pointed out an earlier date might lessen the importance of a “bracket buster,” as the games are designed.
“I’d be more interested in it then, but they can’t do that,” he said. “That’s all part of putting good teams against each other so they can get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament or whatever. I’m sure the purpose is good, but to me, it’s not important. What’s important to me is our league and getting ready for March.”
Kampe also said previously if the Golden Grizzlies were matched with Detroit as an opponent, he would refuse the game because he feels the Titans owe Oakland a rematch at the O’rena. As it stands, the Grizzlies are traveling 403 miles (Google estimate) to play an untelevised game that isn’t likely to have any bearing on Oakland’s at-large status in the NCAA tournament.

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