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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Oakland to host postseason game

Oakland’s most successful season in Division I will continue after a heartbreaking loss in the Summit League championship game to North Dakota State. The Golden Grizzlies (22-12) will host Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the O’Rena in the first round of the inaugural Tournament.

“I’m really excited,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said. “I’m excited to get a chance to participate in postseason play, especially with the way our season ended. It’s great for our young team to be in another ‘one and done’ situation. It’s great for our seniors to be rewarded for our winningest season in our Division I history. It’s neat we were selected for a home game. They respect our schedule and what we’ve accomplished. I’m excited the fans will get a chance to see Erik Kangas play one more home game. And I’m excited we are in a position where we can actually win it.”

The Tournament is a 16-team tournament that features mid-major schools. The tournament will be re-seeded after each round, with the championship game scheduled for March 31. The tournament field was not set at press time, but check for more details.

“It’s a tournament for the mid-majors,” Kampe said. “It looks toward teams that had really good years, but didn’t get in the NIT or NCAA (tournament). They are deserving, but didn’t get in. A lot of times the NIT will look the other way when it comes to mid-majors because it wants to make money. This tournament is not about making money. It’s about rewarding student athletes at the mid-major level. It’s really a great concept and I’m really excited to be part of it.”

Kent State (19-14) finished tied for third place in the MAC and will have its streak of 20-win seasons on the line against Oakland Tuesday.

The Grizzlies have won a Division I school record 22 games this season and went 11-0 at home to earn the first undefeated home record in school history. Oakland won nine straight before falling, 66-64, to North Dakota State in the Summit League championship game.



Blogger Garry G said...

Nice work, Dave.

March 15, 2009 at 7:10 PM 

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