Blogs > Grizzlies Den

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.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

PREGAME NOTES: Cleveland State at Oakland

After breaking the NCAA's all-time 3-point record, Travis Bader and Oakland (9-15, 4-5 Horizon) return home to the O'rena to take on Cleveland State (15-9, 6-3) at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3. The first 250 students arriving to the game will receive a special edition T-shirt honoring Bader's accomplishment. Horizon League Network will air the postgame ceremony marking the accomplishment.

- Bader has been a popular guy since Sunday's game, appearing on WDFN-AM (1130), Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, Sirius XM's "College Basketball Nation" and 

- Oakland coach Greg Kampe appeared on WJR-AM (760) Monday morning to discuss Bader's achievement and eventually got to talking about Bader's chances as a pro: "He's going to have to prove his shooting overcomes other shortcomings," Kampe told host Frank Beckmann.
Minutes later, Bader added his two cents on the subject on WDFN: "It's been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. ... (but) if that doesn't happen, I'd be happy to play overseas."

- The Horizon League made a snappy video to congratulate Bader.

- Bader stands at 461 career 3s going into Thursday's game with at least eight more games to play.

- Glantz-Culver has the Vikings, who won the team's previous meeting last month, 86-76, as a one-point favorite. Cleveland State scored on its final six possessions in the victory. The Vikings lead the all-time series, 4-0.

- Oakland has won all four of its Horizon League victories by a combined 15 points, an average of 3.75 ppg., including consecutive one-point victories over Illinois-Chicago and Youngstown State. Oakland has also overcome double-digit, second-half deficits in each of those wins.

- For the fifth time this season, point guard Kahlil Felder is the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

- Kampe said, in an OU-produced video, if Oakland has any chance at getting a home game in the Horizon League tournament, tonight's game against Cleveland State is a must-win. Going into Thursday's game, the Golden Grizzlies are 8-2 at the O'rena this season. A win tonight would be the 150th in O'rena history.

- The Vikings, playing their third road game in a four-game trip, have won four straight games and are tied for second place in the Horizon League with Valparaiso. Oakland is in seventh place.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home