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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.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Oakland vs. Robert Morris pregame notes

NIT heroes Robert Morris visit the O'rena to kick off a five-game road trip. The Colonials (5-7) might overlook the 3-10 Golden Grizzlies, who are coming off a stinging 81-79 loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday at the O'rena. The game tips off at 1 p.m. and can be seen on the Horizon League Network, here.

- Oakland is in the midst of an unprecedented six-game homestand, while the Colonials embark on a five-game road trip.

- Oakland defeated Robert Morris, 77-53, in the teams' only previous meeting in 2001-02. 

- The Golden Grizzlies had a 10-game non-conference home court winning streak snapped Saturday.

- According to Chronicling the Colonials: "Since switching to a base 2-3 zone defense, RMU is giving up an average of 68 points per game. In the previous nine games, teams were averaging just over 80 points per game. ...Rotations have been good and RMU is forcing some bad shots."
Oakland loves to shoot and it sounds like the Golden Grizzlies will get their chance today. They should be cautious, however, as Saturday was the eighth time in 12 Division I games this season the Golden Grizzlies shot less than 41 percent.

- Oakland has showed vast improvement in recent games rebounding and staying out of foul trouble. Dante Williams was the exception, but Oakland was called for several offensive fouls down the stretch Saturday against Eastern Michigan.
Oakland outrebounded the Eagles, 47-34, with a season-high 21 rebounds, led by 11 by Corey Petros, which ties for second-best in program history. He had 19 boards in total for his second consecutive double-double, adding 13 points.
Saturday's performance followed a season-high 44 rebounds against Illinois State, the first (Division I) opponent Oakland had beaten on the glass this season. 

- Oakland is used to forcing plenty of turnovers, largely due in part to Duke Mondy's quick reflexes, however the Golden Grizzlies forced a season-low five turnovers Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan. They were averaging nearly 15 turnovers by opponents entering the game.

- With a season-high 10 3-pointers Saturday, Travis Bader moved into sixth place all-time in NCAA history with 415 career 3s, up four spots in the matter of one day. He played the entire 45 minutes of Saturday's game, scoring a season-high 33 points.

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