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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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oakland and the Horizon League: By the numbers

Run The Floor recently broke down Oakland University, basketball-wise, as it relates to the Horizon League. Here are some highlights:
"11 - The Golden Grizzlies are 7-4 against Horizon League teams (counting only Valpo games from 2007 onwards) since 2003, in 11 meetings."
"151 - Oakland's Pomeroy ranking at the end of the 2011-2012 season. Cleveland State (83), Butler (110), Detroit (120), Valparaiso (147) and Milwaukee (150) were higher, but not by much."
"$1,555,472 - Oakland spent that much on their basketball program in 2010, according to the most recent numbers available over at BBState, which marks them as solidly mid-major. That number would rank them eighth in the Horizon League, ahead of Green Bay ($1,409,931) and Youngstown State ($1,022,407)."
The story also mentions the Golden Grizzlies would make sense for the Horizon League from a scheduling aspect, pairing them with Detroit as a travel partner.
"Also, since the league depends on "swings" in its scheduling where teams travel in pairs, Oakland and Detroit would make perfect travel partners a la UIC and Loyola in Chicago. Under such a plan Valparaiso and Wright State would also become travel partners with Butler gone."
The story calls Oakland the Division I front-runner for the vacancy, but mentions the conference could go with a Division II choice as well. 
Oakland coach Greg Kampe talked at length about a potential move to the Horizon League on Tuesday's season-ending edition of "The Greg Kampe Show" on WXOU, examining these factors and then some.

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