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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.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Oakland coach Greg Kampe gets to celebrate 500 wins ... again

Nearly two weeks after celebrating the 500-win plateau after a storybook victory over then-league leading Western Illinois on Homecoming, Oakland coach Greg Kampe was able to relive the moment with a win Thursday over North Dakota State.
Apparently, the NCAA does not count two of Kampe’s previous wins from Oakland’s Division II era because they were won by forfeit.
According to the Associated Press’ Dave Hogg, an Oakland alum and former Oakland beat writer, two of Kampe’s wins — a 1986 game against Aquinas and a 1996 win over Cal-Riverside — are not recorded as victories.
The Associated Press game story Thursday (written by another writer), read the following: “Kampe now has 500 victories according to NCAA records, although Oakland credits him with two more because of forfeits."
Kampe reiterated that he doesn’t care about the feat.
“It’s just a bunch of crap,” he said. “We lost two games by one possession way back in the old days and in both games, the guy that made the winning shot was an illegal player.”
Because the player had an effect on the outcome, Kampe said, it goes down as an Oakland victory, but the NCAA does not count either of those.
“I really don’t care,” Kampe said. “I could have 1,000 wins and it wouldn’t help us Saturday against Nate Wolters.”
The game Kampe was referencing is South Dakota State’s visit to the O’rena. Jacks guard Nate Wolters went off for a new Division I-high 53 points Thursday at Fort Wayne, topping Travis Bader’s previous single-game season high of 47 points last month.
“(Wolters) can’t do that two nights in a row, can he?” Kampe joked afterward, noting he was going to have fun watching game film in preparation of the Jacks’ visit.

Kangaroos courted to WAC
News broke Thursday afternoon that Missouri-Kansas City will be leaving the Summit League for the Western Athletic Conference after the season. Information about specifics is sparse, as a press conference is expected next week. The Summit League released a vague statement Thursday night: “We wish UMKC all the best in the future. We remain steadfast in strengthening our league and are excited about the University of Denver joining us as a new member in 2013-14."
Denver, which will be departing the WAC after this season for the Summit, will have immediate conference championship eligibility in its first year. Recent Summit League additions Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota were forced to wait one season before being eligible for postseason play.
“I would really have to ask them why,” Kampe said of UMKC's impending departure. “It makes no sense to me. You look at those teams in that league vs. the teams in our league, their RPI isn’t even going to be in the same ballpark. But maybe they feel they can compete better there or maybe it’s a better fit for them.
“Denver is coming to us, but Kansas City is going west. None of that stuff makes sense to me. There’s got to be a reason behind the move. They’ve got to be smart people making smart decisions, but it doesn’t seem like it. It looks like it’s going to cost them a heck of a lot more money to travel, and at our level, money is a big deal.”

Joey Asbury energizes lineup
Center Joey Asbury, who had played just 47 minutes total this season prior to the Thursday’s game, played a season-high nine minutes against North Dakota State. His teammates credited him for bringing energy they didn’t have in a loss at North Dakota State last month. Kampe went a step further.  
“For a kid that hasn’t played, he was unbelievable in that first half,” Kampe said. “I went with him instead of Raphael (Carter) because their kid was so big and strong, I didn’t think Raphael was ready for that. (Asbury) stepped into the ring and he threw a haymaker and he’s going to get to play some more because of it.”


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