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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.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PREGAME NOTES: Oakland at Milwaukee

The big day is finally here, as Travis Bader (avg. 4.3 3-pt. FG per game) is likely to break former Duke standout J.J. Redick's all-time 3-point record, as Oakland visits Milwaukee at 1 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies were forced by weather to rearrange travel plans, opting leave via bus Friday night following another comeback victory over the Penguins, their second straight one-point victory at the O'rena. Sunday's game can be seen on Horizon League Network and heard on WDFN-AM (1130).

- Bader needs just three more 3-pointers to break the mark, set in 2006. Redick discussed the chase with Los Angeles Area News Group Clippers beat writer Phil Collin.

- Oakland (9-14) made its first turn through the Horizon League at a .500 pace, tied for fifth place at 4-4. The Panthers (14-9) are in seventh place at 4-5.

- The Panthers, who beat Oakland, 84-75 Jan. 8 at the O'rena, held Bader without a field goal (0 for 9 and 0 for 8 from 3-point range), the first time he failed to reach double figures in 44 games. They are favored by 1.5 points today, per Bovada LV and lead the all-time series, 7-1.

- Milwaukee held Oakland to just 3-of-25 shooting from 3-point range Jan. 8, its worst since playing at then-No. 5 Syracuse in 2009. 

- The Golden Grizzlies have come back from double-digit second-half deficits in each of their four Horizon League victories this season. They've also never led at halftime in eight conference games, but did make an improvement of sorts Friday against Youngstown State, as they led at the final media timeout with less than four minutes to play, a first in a league game.

- The Panthers have come back from double-digit deficits five times this season, including at Oakland, where the Golden Grizzlies led by 11 points early in the game.

- Oakland has won just one game away from the O'rena this season, Jan. 11 at Detroit.

- After upsetting Oakland at home, the Panthers went on to lose four of their next five games before beating Wright State last week.

- Milwaukee has four players averaging in double figures, led by Matt Tiby’s 13.6 points per game.

- Joey Asbury is expected to make his fifth start of the season.

- Friday's victory was just the second time the Golden Grizzlies held a league opponent to less than 50-percent shooting.

- The win over Youngstown State was Oakland's 700th victory in 47 seasons of play, their 251st in the Division I era.


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