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Oakland Grizzlies Basketball tickets

Oakland Grizzlies Basketball tickets

Oakland Grizzlies Basketball Schedule

College basketball fanatics in the know are aware that the Oakland Grizzlies have a proud basketball tradition that includes two trips to the NCAA Tournament and are always retooling and reloading to make it back to the Big Dance. Playing in the Horizon League generally means that the Oakland Grizzlies need to emerge as conference champions to get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament so every game counts. Big time conference games are scheduled for Athletics Center O Rena this year, including an out of conference match up against previous number one ranked Michigan State. The powerhouse Spartans will be heading to town on December 14th and the Grizzlies will be looking to give one of the premiere programs in college basketball all they've got and show the rest of the sports world that they can hang with the big boys. Another big game will take place on January 4th when Valparaiso, a regular in March Madness, comes to town to take on the Oakland Grizzlies. Big games abound this year and you will want to make your way to Athletics Center O Rena and no college hoops fan in the Bay Area will want to miss a second of the action!

Oakland Grizzlies Basketball Conference

The Horizon League has made its mark on the NCAA Tournament and college basketball at large for years. The conference sent 24 teams to the Big Dance between 1995 and 2011 and continue to send teams looking to shake things up and hopefully emerge as this year's Cinderella. In fact the Horizon League is the only non-BCS conference to send five teams to the Sweet Sixteen in the last nine years. Playing a tough conference schedule always prepares the team or teams emerging from the Horizon League to make their mark in the Tourney and ideally make a deep run and upset some of the powerhouse programs.Coach Greg Kampe is sure to have his squad ready to go both in preseason games and as they enter conference play hoping to make their way to the tournament once again.

Oakland Grizzlies Rivalries

Every team in the conference is hoping to knock off Cleveland State who regularly make it to the NCAA Tournament and are a true powerhouse in the league. The Grizzlies will face off against Cleveland State at home on February 6th which will surely help prepare the Grizz as they head into post-season play. You can be sure that when the Vikings head into the gym in February all of the Grizzlies fans will be on their feet to cheer the home team on to victory against their bitter rivals and Oakland's players as well as the coaching staff will be geared up for the game that they have had circled on their calendars since the schedule was first released. Another big rivalry for the Grizzlies exits between them and Wright State who have traded knock out blows with Oakland for years both in conference games and in the postseason tournament. Even games that are not against their fiercest rivals get Athletics Center O Rena rocking so be sure to head out to a game this season.

Oakland Grizzlies Tournament History

In 2005, the Oakland Grizzles had a banner year, earning their first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. They played in one of the play-in games in Dayton, Ohio and defeated Alabama A&M earning themselves a first round match up against the University of North Carolina Tarheels. The Tarheels defeated the Grizzlies and eventually went on to win the National Championship that year. In 2010 the Grizzlies made their second appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. They earned the berth by winning the Summit League Tournament and were rewarded a 14 seed and faced off against number 3 seed Pittsburgh. Oakland would lose to Pittsburgh but had clearly proven themselves as a team that is more than capable of hanging with the big boys and making the tournament. AS the new college basketball season wears on keep an eye on the Oakland Grizzlies to work hard to earn another NCAA Tournament berth and possibly shock a few people and become a bracket buster.

Oakland Grizzlies Basketball Trivia

Rawle Marshall, a member of the 2005 Grizzlies team that was the first to play in the NCAA Tournament, became the first former Oakland University player to play in the NBA when he played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers between 2005 and 2007. In 2011 Keith Benson became the first Oakland University Grizzly to be drafted into the NBA when the Atlanta Hawks selected him in the second round. Coach Greg Kampe has been with the program for some time and led them to both of the school's NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances now stands as one of the top ten longest-tenured head coaches in all of the NCAA and appears to have several more successful years ahead of him.

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