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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.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

PREGAME NOTES: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland

Oakland (7-14, 2-4 Horizon) returns home for the first time since being embarassed by Milwaukee Jan. 8. The Golden Grizzlies face off against an Illinois-Chicago (5-15, 0-6) still searching for its first win of the conference season. The Homecoming game tips off at 2:05 p.m. and can be seen on Horizon League Network here or ESPN3.

- Oakland, which has never lost to UIC (4-0 all-time record, 1-0) in Division I meetings) and is favored by 10 points over the Flames, who have never played in the O'rena.

- The teams have not met since Nov. 16, 2003, a 79-66 Oakland victory in Cincinnati as part of the Dell BCA Classic. Mike Helms led the Grizzlies with a game-high 27 points, while Rawle Marshall added 25 points.

- Saturday is Oakland's first home with its band and student section seated underneath the north basket. The band was moved in accordance with Horizon League standards and the student section was moved days later.

- Oakland director of athletics Tracy Huth announced Friday he will be stepping down Jan. 31. Men's basketball coach Greg Kampe will not serve as interim AD as he has in the past. 

- The Golden Grizzlies have shown themselves to a second-half team this season, having trailed at halftime of each conference game. They've scored more points in the second half in 15 of 21 games overall this season. Conversely, the Flames have shown first-half dominance, leading four of their last seven at the break. In the other three games, they trailed by a combined 11 points. 

- Oakland's Corey Petros, Kahlil Felder and Travis Bader are first, second and third in the Horizon League in rebounds (8.7 rpg), assists (5.2 apg) and scoring (19.1 ppg.), respectively.

- Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow leads UIC in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and assists (3.9 apg.).

- Oakland's Joey Abury is expected to return to the bench after starting the team's three previous games. Tommie McCune is expected to return to the starting lineup.

- After making two 3s at Green Bay Wednesday, Travis Bader sits just 13 triples from a new NCAA record.

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