Oakland at Indiana pregame notes
- 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.