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Friday, March 2, 2012

Oakland coach Greg Kampe still doesn’t like Bracketbusters


The old phrase goes: “How can you say you don’t like something you’ve never tried?”
Well, after a sample of ESPN’s Bracketbusters, Oakland coach Greg Kampe still doesn’t like it.
Oakland suffered a four-point loss at Illinois State nearly two weeks ago in the program’s first experience in Bracketbusters. Kampe has long been opposed to entering the series because it falls late in the league race. He didn’t have much influence over his team’s schedule this year, however, as the Summit League entered into a four-year deal to participate, giving each league member two home-and-home series. Commissioner Tom Douple revealed the long-term details in a podcast with the Argus Leader last week.
The league’s teams went 4-6 on Feb. 18, but were 2-0 on national TV, powered by wins from Oral Roberts and South Dakota State, the top two seeds in this weekend’s conference tournament.  
“The league looks at it like it was a great weekend,” Kampe said. “They’re looking at the exposure and the scheduling favorably. We don’t need help scheduling and I don’t care about that national exposure. I care about Oakland and winning in the conference. That’s the most important thing. That’s why we’re in the conference.
“Now, we have to fly out to the Dakotas (two) weekends in a row and that’s wrong. We’re going to fight through it. I’m not going to use it as an excuse if we lose.”
The Grizzlies have their work cut out for them in Sioux Falls, S.D., but won their final two conference games following their visit to Normal, Ill., to earn the third seed to the conference tournament with an 11-7 league record.
“The little things showed that we didn’t do, but it gave us more fuel to the fire,” Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton said.
The Grizzlies are going to need to have the fireplace stoked around the clock, as they have to win three games in three days to three-peat at Sioux Falls Arena. Their first game is Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.

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