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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, February 14, 2014

PREGAME NOTES: Detroit at Oakland

The Valentine's Day rematch is finally here, as Oakland (9-17, 4-7 Horizon League) hosts Detroit (12-14, 5-6) at the O'rena for the first time since December 2001. The Golden Grizzlies took a 26-point victory and the well-documented frosty relations between the programs began. Friday's game will be nationally televised on ESPNU, the second time the four-letter network has broadcast from the O'rena. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can also be heard on WDFN-AM (1130).

- The highly-anticipated game is sold out and could possibly break the O'rena attendance record of 4,055, set Nov. 29, 2003 when they hosted then-No. 5 Missouri. Oakland brought some 2,000 fans to Calihan Hall for the teams' previous meeting, which topped out at 7,000 fans.

- Ralph Hill gets his first career start Friday night, replacing Tommie McCune, who has been suspended for violating team policies. McCune was kicked off the team last season while sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules. He was reinstated shortly before the season began. 

- The Golden Grizzlies are four-point favorites by Bovada LV.

- Last weekend at Valparaiso, Oakland set a new low for first-half futility. The Golden Grizzlies, who haven't led a single Horizon League game at half, scored a season-low 23 points in the first half at the ARC.

- The Grizzlies began their habit of second-half awakenings at Detroit Jan. 11 at Calihan Hall, first road win in nine tries, coming away with a 77-69 victory. Oakland rallied with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 61-61 with 5:52 to play. The Titans still lead the all-time series, 11-2, however. The programs are an even 2-2 in Oakland's Division I era, though.

- You can follow my live coverage of tonight's game here.

- In case you missed it, Oakland coach Greg Kampe was named one of college basketball's 100 sexiest coaches by College Insider.

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