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
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
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.
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.