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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, December 10, 2013

Oakland at Indiana pregame notes

With Oakland set to take on Indiana in the first of two nationally-televised games this week, here are a few notes to keep in mind during tonight's game, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WDFN-AM (1130):
 - This is the first meeting between the two teams, Oakland (2-7) is riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Ohio at the O'rena Saturday. Indiana (7-2) rebounded from a loss to Syracuse in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge with a blowout win over North Florida Saturday at Assembly Hall.
- Oakland has been outrbounded in each game, with the exception of a victory over NAIA Rochester College, and now has rebounding deficit of -8.6 per game — worst in the Horizon League. (The Golden Grizzlies have been outrebounded by Division I opponents by 12 per game.) Facing its fifth high-major opponent of the season, that margin isn't likely to improve, as the Hoosiers hold the nation's third-best average at nearly 48 rebounds per game. Indiana leads the NCAA with a +15 rebound margin.
- The oddsmakers at Glantz-Culver say Indiana is a 19.5-point favorite, the largest spread against the Golden Grizzlies this season.
- Oakland hasn't won in its last 10 road games, seven of which have come this season. The Hoosiers have a 35-game non-conference home court winning streak at Assembly Hall. 
- The Golden Grizzlies are 2-30 all-time against teams from the Big Ten, with two such opponents this week. They have defeated Michigan and Northwestern, both wins coming in 2000.
- Tuesday's is Oakland's only December game away from "home." It faces Michigan State Saturday at The Palace, a game in which it will be the designated home team and has five other games at the O'rena. The six-game "homestand" is the most for the month in program history.
- Oakland receives a guaranteed payout of $85,000 for Tuesday's game*, it's second-largest amount of the 2013-14 season behind Nov. 8's season-opener at North Carolina ($95,000*).
- Tuesday's game at Assembly Hall, which has a capacity of 17,472, is a sellout. That will be the biggest crowd Oakland has seen this season, and possibly more than Saturday's upcoming game vs. MSU at The Palace. There were 15,102 in attendance Nov. 8 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Sophomore Tommie McCune returned to the starting lineup Saturday vs. Ohio after sitting the first half of Nov. 30's home opener against Rochester College. He is projected to start Tuesday.
- The Golden Grizzlies face No. 5 Michigan State Saturday at The Palace, the third time the teams have met while the Spartans were ranked fifth. They also carried that ranking when they visited the Rochester-area campus to open the O'rena in 1998.
* — According to documents obtained by The Oakland Press through a Freedom of Information request.

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