PREGAME NOTES: Oakland at Cleveland State
Oakland coach Greg Kampe previews Thursday's game below:
- Glantz-Culver has Cleveland State as a seven-point favorite, as well as other oddsmakers. The Vikings are 7-1 at home this season, while Oakland has just one road win, Saturday at Calihan Hall, its first victory away from home in 13 tries.
- Although Oakland is 4-2 in its last six games, it is still looking for its first winning streak of the season in Division I play against a Cleveland State team it has never beaten. The Vikings lead the all-time series, 3-0. The teams haven't met since Nov. 15, 2008, a 58-55 Vikings victory.
- In its last two victories, Oakland has rallied from double-digit second-half deficits. The Golden Grizzlies trailed by 15 with 12:44 to play against Valparaiso and trailed by 12 with 8:23 remaining at Detroit. "Getting ourselves behind is not a good thing,” Kampe said.
Oakland scored a season-high 52 second-half points at Detroit and has outscored opponents in all but six games this season, averaging eight more points in the final period than the first half of its games. (Oakland also did not commit a turnover in Saturday's second half after 11 giveaways before the half.)
- Kampe said earlier this week Joey Asbury would likely make his second straight start in place of Tommie McCune, who was subbed out of the starting five for matchup reasons against Detroit's Evan Bruinsma, Kampe said. McCune had started all 18 previous games. Asbury scored three points in 21 minutes in his first career start Saturday.
- Oakland's Travis Bader still resides in third place on the all-time 3-point list with 442, just 16 shy of setting the new record. He's averaging 4.5 per game, putting him on pace to break the mark Jan. 31 at the O'rena against Youngstown State, a game scheduled to be broadcast on ESPNU. He continues to pace the nation in 3-point shooting, with 85 makes.
- Meanwhile, Duke Mondy has relinquished his NCAA lead in steals, slipping to second place at 3.67 per game. Virginia Commonwealth's Briante Weber leads the nation with 4.0 steals per game.
- The Vikings could be missing a good amount of offense Thursday, as coach Gary Waters said in an interview with WTAM-AM (1100) forward Anton Grady (10.3 ppg) and guard Sebastian Douglas (8.4 ppg) may miss Thursday's game. Grady missed all but six games last season with a knee injury. The sophomore, a preseason all-Horizon second-team pick, has started all 18 games this season.
"These concussions are driving me crazy," Waters said. "These concussions are not being caused by getting hit in the head. ... If you get hit in the side of your face or your chin and it shakes your brain, you could be out."
Also, Waters declined an unofficial offer to coach the Cleveland Browns.
- Kampe and Travis Bader appeared on WXYZ-7's "Sunday Sports Update" with David Solano.
Of Saturday's showdown with the Titans: "That's just Round 1. We want all of them to be like that," Kampe said.
- USA Today ran a nice feature on Bader, who talks about turning down an offer to walk-on at Michigan State: "I didn't want people to think the reason I was on the team was because my dad was with the basketball staff, so I didn't want it to come down to that. And really, I just wanted to play and I saw the best opportunity at Oakland." The story discusses Bader's incredible shooting practice and the logistics at play because Oakland lacks a practice facility.
- The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer distinguished between Bader and preseason Horizon League player of the year Kendrick Perry of Youngstown State: "The difference between the two guards is Perry attacks from all over the court. Bader is almost exclusively a sniper. Of his 110 field goals made this season, 85 have come from behind the 3-point line. He is a 41 percent 3-point shooter."
- Much was made of Detroit coach Ray McCallum's red suit worn during Saturday's game. Kampe compared it to the attire worn by "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy when the subject was brought up on Wednesday's episode of "The Greg Kampe Show" on WDFN.