The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team is a force in the Horizon League. A fairly recent Division I team, the Grizzlies joined the elite ranks in the 1999-2000 season. With close to two decades in the division, the team has seen three NCAA Tournament appearances and is looking to add a fourth for the 2019-2020 season. While formerly in the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as The Summit League), Oakland joined the Horizon League in 2013. This year's team is loaded with a lot of talent. Players Daniel Oladelpo and Xavier Hill-Mais have earned accolades for their high-scoring performances. Oladelpo and Hill-Mais are joined by talented teammates Kevin Kangu and Brad Brechting. If you are looking for energy, high fan attendance and true teamwork, this is your team. You can find tickets for Oakland Golden Grizzlies games at StubHub.
Has Oakland had any success in the NCAA Tournament?
The Oakland Grizzlies team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times since becoming a Division I team. Its first berth came in 2015. That year, the team got its only ever March Madness win as it defeated Alabama A&M 79-69 in the opening round game. This play-in game put Oakland in the tournament's first round, which it lost 96-68 to No. 1 seed North Carolina. The Grizzlies did not return to the NCAA Tournament until 2010 when it got an automatic bid by winning the Summit League conference tournament. That year, the squad lost in the first round 89-66 to Pittsburg. Oakland returned to the Big Dance in 2011, this time with its highest seeding ever at No. 13. However, the Grizzlies lost 85-81 to No. 4 seed Texas. Since joining the Horizon League, Oakland has yet to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The team won the 2016-2017 Horizon League regular-season championship. However, it lost out on a March Madness bid when it was eliminated from the conference tournament.
Where does the University of Oakland men's basketball team play?
The Golden Grizzlies' home court is the Athletics Center O Rena in Rochester, Mich. The Grizzlies will host the Northern Kentucky Norse at home on Jan. 5. This game could be a nailbiter. Northern Kentucky is ranked just above Oakland in the Horizon League standings, so attendees can expect to witness an energetic crowd and hard-hitting competition as the teams compete for the top spot.
How long has Greg Campe been the head coach of the Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team?
Coach Greg Campe has been the head of Golden Grizzlies men's basketball for 36 seasons. Under his direction, the team joined Division I play and has earned three trips to the NCAA. Campe's length of time at one school is topped only by Jim Boeheim's 44 seasons at Syracuse and Mike Krzyzewski's 40 seasons with Duke. In September of 2017, Campe was inducted into Michigan's Sports Hall of Fame. He has over 600 wins under his belt and 147 Summit League victories.
Which NBA players got their starts at the University of Oakland?
The University of Oakland has been the starting point for 30 NBA players' careers. Most recently added to the list are Rawle Marshall, Keith Benson, Kay Felder, Kendrick Nunn and Brian Gregory.
How many home games are on the Golden Grizzlies' schedule for the 2019-2020 season?
The Oakland Grizzlies' schedule is full of away games, many of them at long stretches. Starting in late November, the team begins a six-game road stretch. By mid-December, the Grizzlies will begin hosting more home games. Some notable home games include bouts with Michigan State, Fairfield, Wright State, Northern Kentucky and Green Bay. The total number of home games for the regular season is 16.Back to Top