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Sunday, August 24, 2008

OU's schedule is out

The Oakland men’s basketball team released its schedule earlier this week and no surprise here, it’s a difficult one. The Golden Grizzlies have just two games at the O’Rena in the non-conference schedule, Rochester College to open the season on Nov. 15 and Toledo on Dec. 7. Oakland also has two games at the Palace against Michigan on Dec. 20 and Michigan State at Dec. 27.

I’m going predict Oakland goes 7-6 in its non-conference schedule. (For now, it’s still really early) That may be a little optimistic, but I think it’s doable. My prediction does include two wins in Las Vegas and wins over Green Bay and Michigan, which are all games that could go the other way. And wins over Toledo and Eastern Michigan are not guaranteed. But in the grand scheme of things what do these games really mean? Greg Kampe will be the first to admit it’s all about those three days March for teams at Oakland’s level and right now I still like Oakland to be the last team standing in South Dakota.

Here is my predicted results for the non-conference schedule.

W - Nov. 15 Rochester College
L – Nov. 17 at Oregon
L – Nov. 21 at Syracuse
L – Nov. 23 at Iowa
L – Nov. 25 at Kansas State
W – Nov. 28 Delaware State (in Las Vegas)
W – Nov. 29 Longwood/SE Missouri (Las Vegas)
W – Dec. 7 Toledo
L – Dec. 16 at Cleveland State
W – Dec. 18 at Green Bay
W – Dec. 20 Michigan (at The Palace)
W – Dec. 22 at Eastern Michigan
L – Dec. 27 Michigan State (at The Palace)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

I'm really disappointed in the number of away games. This is my first time buying season tickets early, and I am having doubts about the decision, way too few home games. Let's all hope this new class is as good as Coach hopes they are, with this schedule they will need to be.

August 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

Jim,

It is a disappointing home schedule for Oakland fans. I don't know if season tickets include the two Palace games or not, but those games should be fun. Also remember it's not easy for Oakland to get quality home games. Often teams want a two-for-one exchange (see Oregon this season) or just flat out refuse to come because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

August 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM 
Blogger Jim said...

Dave,

Agreed, I'm sure this is a problem many Mid-Majors face. I'm sure some of it comes down to Oakland's inability to draw crowds for anything other than the last few games of the season. For a game with Duquesne to draw only 1500 is a shame.

I love the coverage in the Oakland Press when I can get it, but I live in Macomb and work in Detroit. I wish the News, Freep and Macomb Daily would cover D1 sports other than U-M/MSU.

August 28, 2008 at 2:20 PM 
Anonymous ryan said...

alright, the Kansas St. game is a probable win just because KSt. lost their two best players... but a 7-6 record seems logical, but losing Williams puts a dent in the experienced depth category

September 5, 2008 at 8:36 PM 

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