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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, December 27, 2013

Oakland vs. Defiance College pregame notes

Oakland concludes its six-game homestand with a tip against Division III Defiance College Friday at the O'rena. The game, against Oakland coach Greg Kampe's hometown school, tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on Horizon League Network, here.

- Regardless of Friday's outcome, Oakland (4-10) will finish the Division I portion of its non-conference schedule 3-10. Friday is Defiance's first regular-season game against a Division I opponent since a 2006 loss at Oakland, though the Yellow Jackets are 3-7 all-time against current Horizon League members.
"I'm a Defiance guy," Kampe told the Defiance, Ohio Crescent-News. "I've always had soft spot in my heart for Defiance College. ... I follow Defiance and cheer for them very hard. This is a chance for his kids to get into a Division I arena. I know what that is when you're coaching a team that's not Division I to play in a Division I arena."

- Kampe confirmed Friday guard Duke Mondy could miss as many as four weeks after injuring his knee in a collision against Robert Morris. The nation's leader in steals per game (4.2) did not return to the game after suffering a sprained MCL. Kampe is hopeful the senior, who leads the Horizon League in assists (5.2 apg.) will miss just one week of action.
"He's a very good player, one of our best players," Kampe told the Crescent-News. "It's been tough to lose five scholarship players in one year, it's never happened to me before. That's been difficult."

Kampe said Friday Clarkston native Mitch Baenziger will get the start in Mondy's absence. Baenziger has started twice this season and has five double-digit scoring games. He is fifth in the Horizon League in 3-point shooting percentage at 47 percent. 

- Oakland has won all five meetings with Defiance (7-0). The Golden Grizzlies beat the Yellow Jackets in an exhibition last season, 90-77. Defiance has tied a program record for best start to a season in the past 40 years.

- The Yellow Jackets are led by Detroit native Bernard Edwards (Warren Cousino), who has scored in double figures each of the past three games. He had 18 points in the Jackets' win over Transylvania, their last game played, Dec. 14. 

- Per KenPom.com, Oakland is playing at its slowest rate in five years, with an adjusted tempo of 68.1 possessions per game.

- The Golden Grizzlies, who hit the century mark for the first time this season in a 100-94 win over Robert Morris Sunday, are averaging 85.6 points per game at the O'rena this season. The Jackets are allowing just 60.3 points per game thus far this season.

- Known for their high-scoring offense, Sunday's 100-point total was the first time in two years Oakland had been in triple digits since a victory over South Dakota Dec. 1, 2011. The Golden Grizzlies marked a season high 29 assists on 33 field goals, while shooting a season-high 57 percent in Sunday's victory.

- After being outrebounded in its first 10 Division I games of the season, Oakland has won the battle of the boards in each of the past three games with wins over Illinois State and Robert Morris and a loss to Eastern Michigan.

- Oakland's Travis Bader, the reining Horizon League Player of the Week, made 17 3-pointers last weekend in back-to-back games against Eastern Michigan and Robert Morris. Ten 3s in a game is the third-most in league history. (Bader had 21 triples for the week including Oakland's win over Illinois State.)

- Bader needs just 33 points, the same total he scored last week against Eastern Michigan, to become the fourth Oakland player to reach 2,000 points. He is second among active players with 1,967 points and needs just 35 more 3s to set a new NCAA record.

- Oakland freshman point guard Kahlil Felder earned his second Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor this week. He had five or more assists in all three games for the week. Through his first 14 career games, Felder is averaging 4.7 assists per game, third in the conference.

- The Golden Grizzlies kick off their inaugural season in the Horizon League in their next outing, Jan. 2 at Wright State.Oakland is 22-47 all-time against Horizon opponents, 11-11 in the Division I era, after going 1-1 vs. the conference in 2012-13. They beat last year’s regular-season and conference tournament champion Valparaiso, 70-68, at the O’rena. The last four meetings in that series have come down to the final possession. The Crusaders visit the O'rena Jan. 4.

- Episode 2 of "Oakland Basketball All-Access" airs Jan. 3 at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit. If you missed the first episode of the Emmy-nominated series, watch it here.

- Just two weeks away from their first meeting in 10 years, Oakland (14) and Detroit (19) lead the Horizon League in non-conference strength of schedule by RPIratings.com. The conference ranks eighth nationally.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Failed lob attempt to Tommie McCune vs. Eastern Michigan

Oakland had a good out-of-bounds play drawn up 1.3 seconds remaining regulation Saturday against Eastern Michigan: Duke Mondy lobs the ball to athletic forward Tommie McCune and McCune tips or dunks the ball in or gets to the free-throw line.
Part of that plan worked. McCune did get the ball, and appeared to draw the contact to earn the potentially game-clinching trip to the free-throw line with the game tied 70-70 with less than a second remaining. The officials, however, saw the play differently, saying McCune pushed off his defender to gain the advantage needed.


Oakland coach Greg Kampe had a similar vantage point and was in no hurry to blame the officials, who had whistled the Golden Grizzlies for six fouls in the final three minutes of the game.
“From where I was, I couldn’t see it," Kampe said. "All I could see was Tommie come down with the ball and I heard the whistle and I thought we were going to shoot free throws. I’d have to see the play. The referee felt there was a push-off and an advantage gained.”  
Kampe did note the officiating in his opening postgame remarks, however, as the Golden Grizzlies were whistled for 16 fouls in the final 25 minutes of the game after being called for just three in the first half.
"We had three offensive fouls called on us in the last couple minutes and we were still able to survive that. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before at home," he said. 
“That was an unusual thing to happen and we were able to overcome it. I felt pretty good about overtime.” 
The Golden Grizzlies were without Dante Williams for the extra session, however, as the day's second-leading scorer fouled after acquiring his fourth and fifth fouls in the final 2:59 of regulation. 

... Attendance was a little bit higher for Saturday's showdown, 1,507, but not as high as Kampe would like: “It’s better, but it’s not anywhere near where it should be. We’re 3-10 … (but) that was a heck of a college basketball game to miss. Two really good teams playing really good basketball, punching each other and getting up off the ground making plays. There was a lot of athleticism.” 
Kampe said he already has a verbal agreement in place to continue the series, which resumed last season after three-year hiatus. Each of the past two meetings have come down to the final possession. ... Kampe said starter Tommie McCune was having an off-day, while Williams was having a very good day, leading to McCune's reduced minutes. “He went down and battled on defense. He did some good things. He is what he is. He’s a transfer playing in his first year. He’s going to have ups and downs like all kids."

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.

Oakland vs. Robert Morris preview

I shared a few of my observations about Oakland with the "Chronicling the Colonials" blog this morning in anticipation of this afternoon's game against Robert Morris.

Q. Oakland is about to play game two of a back-to-back. How do you this effects the team?

A. It’s actually the second time this season they’ve played on consecutive days. In late November, Oakland lost the final two games of the Maui Mainland Invitational. They were trying to work to important role players, Dante Williams and Duke Mondy, back into the rotation after they were suspended. Mondy didn’t play in the first of those games, but had a decent outing in the second. Both players are big parts of Oakland’s lineup.
In summary, I don’t think they’re concerned about playing on consecutive days.

Q. How tough is it to assess Oakland with the schedule they've played?

A.They’ve always played a who’s who of college basketball and they’ve only come up with the two Top-25 wins. Despite it, they’ve been to three NCAA tournaments. There’s only two or three bad losses on their schedule and they nearly upset the No. 5 team in the country last week.
Saturday’s loss to Eastern Michigan had a little extra sting because it was an in-state loss, but it was a great game. If Oakland had not shot the ball so poorly early on, it could have had its third straight win over a good mid-major team.

Q. Oakland really only seems to give significant minutes to seven guys. Do you think this is something that will change as the year goes on?

A. In short, no. Greg Kampe typically goes with a short bench, maybe an eight-man rotation at most. He stuck to just seven Saturday, while Eastern Michigan went 11-deep.
Here’s what he had to say: “We are who we are.”
“This was the group I wanted to go with. It was a fairly slow-paced game. The were only 30 possessions in the first half. I had no problem with it.”

Q. What type of style of play should RMU expect? Who are some names RMU fans should know?

A. Besides Travis Bader, of course, forward/center Corey Petros is a double-double machine. He had 19 rebounds Saturday to go with 13 points. Also, guard Duke Mondy, who leads the nation in steals, could be Oakland’s best all-around player. Saturday’s line: six points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals is actually light on steals. (He had seven swipes in consecutive games last week.) He was just 2 of 12 shooting Saturday and appeared hesitant at times.
Oakland will likely shoot a ton of 3s Sunday, as it typically does, and it will likely make 35- to 40-percent of them. If they make more, watch out.

Q. What are your expectations for today's game?

A. Oakland could very well be the sleeper in RMU’s road trip and the Golden Grizzlies should be angry after Saturday’s loss. Greg Kampe was aware of the “holiday trap” this game could present for his team, though, and with a sub-.500 record, Oakland has had trouble drawing crowds this season, so they may not have the home support you might expect.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Videos from Oakland vs. Eastern Michigan: Dec. 21, 2013

Postgame video: Oakland loses to Eastern Michigan

Oakland vs. Eastern Michigan pregame notes

Eastern Michigan (6-3) returns to the O'rena to after Oakland's visit to the Convocation Center last season. Today is the Golden Grizzlies' (3-9) second of three home games this week after beating Illinois State Monday. They conclude the week against Robert Morris Sunday at the O'rena.Today's game can be watched on Horizon League Network.

- Oakland defeated the Eagles last season on Ryan Bass' last-second shot.

- The Golden Grizzlies are 5.5-point favorites, per Bovada LV.

- The Golden Grizzlies have won all three home games at the O'rena this season, where they're holding opponents to just 37-percent shooting.

- Oakland shot a season-high 55 percent Monday against Illinois State, also grabbing a season-best 44 rebounds, outrebounding an (Division I) opponent for the first time this season.

- The Golden Grizzlies have won four of the five meetings with Eastern Michigan in OU's Division I era, but trails, 7-5, all time. However, the Eagles spoiled Oakland's 2009-10 home opener.

- The Eagles, with a 69 RPI, recently knocked off preseason Horizon League favorite Green Bay Dec. 10, snapping a three-game losing streak. Oakland's RPI is 150, and its RPI strength of schedule actually fell one spot to No. 2 in USA Today's Sagarin Ratings after defeating Illinois State Monday. The RedBirds were coming off a victory over No. 25 Dayton.

- Duke Mondy has resumed the NCAA lead with 4.65 steals per game, while Travis Bader has a nation's-best 48 3-pointers.

- With 21 points in Monday's game vs. Illinois State, Travis Bader surpassed Oakland great Keith Benson for fourth place all-time in OU scoring with 1,910 points.

- If you still haven't seen Tommie McCune's thunderous dunk from Monday, watch it here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Oakland coach Greg Kampe criticizes fans for poor attendance

Oakland coach Greg Kampe did not mince words after the Golden Grizzlies' 90-75 victory Monday over Illinois State. Just 1,005 fans showed up for the game.
"We beat a really good basketball team in front of probably the worst crowd I've ever seen in Oakland University history," he said. "As happy as I am with the way we played, I have to scratch my head and wonder where people are. I know the Lions are playing, but I think it hasn't even started yet.
"You have a guy (Duke Mondy) leading the nation in steals and a guy (Travis Bader) on track to become the best 3-pointer shooter in history, we're coming off an unbelievable game against the No. 5 team in the country and no one's here.
"For a guy that's been here 30 years, I can't tell you how disappointed I am in the Oakland family and Oakland nation. That's ridiculous there would be this few people here to see a team the quality of Illinois State. Do you understand how hard it is to get teams like this to come to the O'rena? This team just beat Dayton, the No. 25 team in the nation. This team won at Northwestern. We were fortunate to get them to come to the O'rena and we get a crap crowd like this. It's embarrassing." 
There were a myriad of reasons, "Monday Night Football" included, why fans may have chosen to stay home. Also, students are on winter break, there was a Drake concert down the road at The Palace (I hear he's popular with the college kids), Oakland was 2-9 entering Monday's game, the game was available on Horizon League Network and early-onset winter weather was again in effect Monday.
Regardless why fans stayed home, the RedBirds' return visit mandated by ESPN's now-defunct Bracketbusters series, was the smallest crowd in at least the past two seasons.
Oakland's first two games did not see large crowds, either. Just 1,435 took in the Nov. 30 opener vs. Rochester College and 1,315 to see Oakland's Dec. 7 win over Ohio.
The Golden Grizzlies had just 12 home games last season, when they averaged 2,478 per game -- without a single game under 2,000 fans in attendance. They had 18 home games in 2011-12, adjusted to 17 when you take out a matchup with Michigan at The Palace, for an O'rena attendance average of 2,535 per game.
An Oakland athletics spokesman said recently the department was expecting a drop in attendance due to broadcasts on Horizon League Network, but only in poor weather conditions.
Oakland has three more games on this unprecedented six-game December homestand, with two more quality opponents entering the O'rena this weekend: Eastern Michigan, which recently defeated Horizon League preseason favorite Green Bay; and Robert Morris, which defeated Kentucky in the NIT last season.
The Feb. 14 matchup with Detroit is all but a guaranteed sellout, but what other games will draw fan interest if they haven't responded thus far? (Valparaiso on Jan. 4?) 
Both games this weekend start at 1 p.m. and are being carried on Horizon League Network. Will fans answer the call?

VIDEO: Tommie McCune's dunk against Illinois State

Photo courtesy of Oakland University Athletics

If you haven't yet seen Tommie McCune's throwdown against Illinois State, which was No. 5 on "Fox Sports Live's" The 1 on Monday night, according to Oakland University athletics, Golden Grizzlies video coordinator James Hellekjaer broke down the footage to isolate the play, seen here.
McCune has show an ability to finish above, and sometimes hanging on, the rim this season, using his long and athletic frame to get a rise out of the crowd.
The sophomore transfer reached double figures for the fourth time this season against Illinois State, scoring 16 points in just 15 minutes of play, fouling out for the fourth time this season.
You can watch full highlights from the Golden Grizzlies' 90-75 win over the RedBirds here.

Greg Kampe photo caption contest

Your caption could go here. Photo by Dylan Dulberg

Leave your own caption for the photo in the comments section or tweet to me @PaulKampe using the hashtag #KampeSays. While there is no actual prize per se, the best captions will get a mention. 

PHOTOS: Oakland picks up another good mid-major victory over Illinois State

Monday, December 16, 2013

Oakland vs. Illinois State pregame notes

Oakland (2-9) has a busy week, starting Monday night at the O'rena with Illinois State (5-4). The game, which tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Horizon League Network, is a return date from Oakland's participation in ESPN's ill-fated machination "Bracketbusters" during the 2011-12 season. After two straight dates against Big Ten schools, the Golden Grizzlies get back to mid-major play, where it has won 70 percent of its games over the past five years.

- The RedBirds are 4.5-point favorites at the O'rena Monday, the Golden Grizzlies' first of three home games this week. They host Eastern Michigan Saturday (Dec. 21) and Robert Morris Sunday (Dec. 22).

- The Golden Grizzlies trail the overall series, 4-1, and are 0-1 at home vs. Illinois State.

- In the latest rankings Sagarin Ratings by USA Today, Oakland now has the No. 1 RPI strength of schedule in the country. 

- Reggie Hamilton had 34 points to lead Oakland in the teams' last meeting in February 2012, a four-point Oakland defeat. Travis Bader, who leads Oakland in scoring this season, had 18 points, but was held to just two points after halftime.

- Oakland has been outrbounded in every game this season besides its non-Division I win over Rochester College. Michigan State held a 41-32 advantage on the boards Saturday at The Palace.

- In two true home games this season, Oakland has held its opponents to just 36-percent shooting. Ohio scored just 56 points, the fifth-fewest by a Division I opponent in O'rena history. 

- Travis Bader rebounded from an 0-for-10 night from long distance at Indiana to make four 3s against Michigan State. He is now just 56 3s from setting a new NCAA career record. Bader fell to into second place in the NCAA this season after failing to hit a 3 last week at Assembly Hall. Duke Mondy is also second in the nation in steals, with 39.

- The RedBirds have won four straight after a win over No. 25 Dayton, their first home win over a ranked opponent. They've had nine days off since the victory.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Videos from Oakland's loss at The Palace

PHOTOS: Oakland can't pull upset of No. 5 Michigan State

VIDEO: Oakland coach Greg Kampe after loss to No. 5 Michigan State

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pregame notes for Oakland-MSU

For the second time this week, Oakland (2-8) takes on a Big Ten oppopnent in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2, taking on No. 5 Michigan State (7-1) at 4:05 p.m. The game can also be heard on OUGrizzlies.com  due to a scheduling conflict with WDFN-AM (1130).

- Michigan State is a 16.5-point favorite Saturday, per Bovada LV, the second-highest point spread against Oakland this season.

- Michigan State is the fourth ranked opponent for Oakland this season. Although they were quite dominant, Indiana was unranked in Tuesday's meeting. This is the third time the Spartans have been ranked fifth for their third meeting with Oakland.
The Golden Grizzlies played a program-best six ranked teams in the 2010-11.

- The Spartans are coming off 10 days' rest, having last played ion a 14-point defeat to North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Dec. 4. Oakland has had just four days off since a blowout loss at Indiana.

- Michigan State held the No. 1 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls for three straight weeks, a first in school history. The Spartans fell to No. 5 in the most recent AP Poll.
"We wanted them at No. 1," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "We wanted them fat and happy, coming off exams, not (Tom) Izzo killing them for losing (to North Carolina). This is the worst possible scenario for us." 

- Since being whistled for 32 fouls at Western Michigan, Oakland has committed just 14 against Rochester College, 16 vs. Ohio and 19 at Indiana.
"We've done a pretty good job since we put an emphasis on it," Kampe said.

- The Spartans could challenge Oakland's transition defense, which struggled mightily early in the season. Michigan State is averaging 83.2 points per game, 19.1 of those coming in transition. Coach Tom Izzo said at Media Day "We should be a team that can run, run, run and run." 

- The Spartans hold an 11-0 all-time lead in the series, leading 2-0 at The Palace. The Golden Grizzlies are 2-4 all-time at The Palace, with wins over Oregon in 2007 and Wright State. Michigan State is 12-2 all-time at The Palace.
The teams met for five consecutive seasons from 2006-07 to 2010-11, taking a one-year hiatus before resuming the series last season in East Lansing. 

- The Hoosiers had 13 offensive rebounds Tuesday and were the first Oakland opponent to grab more than 50 rebounds since 2007. The Grizzlies are surrendering 8.3 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points per game.

- The Spartans lead the nation with 20.8 assists per game and just 10.8 turnovers. 

- This season Oakland is getting the free-throw line an average of 28 times per game in its two victories, over Ohio and Rochester College, but just 18 times in its eight losses.

- In case you missed it: Travis Bader's 62-game 3-point streak ended at Assembly Hall, where he went 0 for 10 from long range. He is still just 60 3s from setting a new NCAA record and ranks second in the country with 40 3s.

- The Golden Grizzlies have a program-best six home games in the month of December.
 
- While the game is a "home" game for Oakland, the Golden Grizzlies haven't played at their home-away-from-home in three years, while Michigan State and Michigan kicked off their 2013 NCAA tournament runs at The Palace.

- In their last meeting at The Palace, then-No. 7 Michigan State held on for a one-point victory over host Oakland. The Spartans led by six points with 11 seconds to play before the Grizzlies' Reggie Hamilton hit two 3-pointers around a Spartans free throw.
Oakland famously went on to beat new No. 7 Tennessee days later in Knoxville, Tenn., in a program-defining victory. 

- The Spartans will receive a holiday bonus of sorts for Saturday's game, with an expected payout of $125,000, while Oakland will collect an expected $25,000 plus ticket-sales incentives. Oakland will receive a $12,500 bonus for selling 10,000 tickets and another $12,500 if 15,000 or more tickets are sold. Attendance for the last meeting with MSU at The Palace was 17,115, although Saturday's stormy weather could affect day-of ticket sales.
This is the first in a five-year series between the schools, with each of Oakland's home games to be played at The Palace.

- Oakland has started the season 2-8 just two other seasons: 1999-2000 and 2004-05. During the latter, the Golden Grizzlies made their second NCAA tournament appearance. 

- Emmy-nominated "Oakland Basketball All-Access" will return to Fox Sports Detroit at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21. Oakland hosts Eastern Michigan at the O'rena at 1 p.m. on Horizon League Network.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Social media reacts to the end of Travis Bader's 3-point streak

PHOTOS: Oakland suffers painful loss at Indiana

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.

Monday, December 2, 2013

PHOTOS: Oakland beats Rochester College to pick up first win of season

VIDEO: Oakland beats Rochester College press conference