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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, November 16, 2012

Oakland not dwelling on the past against Pitt

Greg Kampe not dwelling on the past
Oakland coach Greg Kampe doesn’t remember much about the last time his Golden Grizzlies faced off against Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2010 NCAA tournament at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center.
“All I remember is we were winning and Derick Nelson took an elbow to the head and split his face open. Twenty minutes later, they picked all the blood up and the momentum was gone. They went on a 10-0 run and we were never in the game again.
“Derick came back in the second half and didn’t score a point.”
The Panthers won, 89-66, their largest win in the three-game all-time series.
An unknown then, Grizzlies guard Travis Bader sat on the bench during that game, taking a freshman red-shirt his first season with Oakland. He remembers quite a bit about Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and his methods.
“ I remember (he) really gets on them during the games and makes sure they’re not letting up at any point and stays on them,” Bader said. “I remember watching from the bench and thinking if I got lazy, I’d get ripped into.
“They’re going to be one of those big, quick athletic teams, but we’re used to playing those. We have an experienced group of guys.”  
Oakland returns to the Petersen Events Center Saturday at 7 p.m. for the latest installment of the series.
“I don’t care about Pittsburgh. I’m going to watch some tape on them,” Kampe said. “We’re getting ready for our conference, and right now, I care about Oakland. My staff watches all that Pittsburgh stuff, (but) all my preparation is Oakland.”
Oakland travels to No. 21 Michigan State next Friday before heading to Tennessee Nov. 26 looking to sweep the three-game series with the Volunteers. They head back to the Big East to take on West Virginia Dec. 19.
“We’re playing all these tough teams so I can see us stripped naked," Kampe said. "Everything is going to show up against these teams.”

Inbounds play always the right call  
One constant in Kampe’s coaching repertoire has been the infamous inbounds play called out of the dead ball. Oakland scored three times off layups with it at Boise State.
“We have one play. We score on it all the time and we’ve run it for 30 years,” Kampe said. “Eventually, somebody is going to figure that out and guard it. Until they do, we’ll just keep running that one play.
“There’s no genius to it.”
The one play missing from last year seems to be the fall-down 3-point attempt, which Oakland milked for several extended trips to the free-throw line.


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