2008–09 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team

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2008–09 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball
Oakland Golden Grizzlies O Wordmark.jpg
Conference The Summit League
2008–09 record 23–13 (13–5 Summit)
Head coach Greg Kampe
Assistant coach Jeff Tungate
Assistant coach Darren Sorenson
Assistant coach Saddi Washington
Home arena Athletics Center O'rena
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 The Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Dakota St. 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
Oral Roberts 14 4   .778     16 15   .516
Oakland 13 5   .722     23 13   .639
IUPUI 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
Southern Utah 8 10   .444     11 20   .355
IPFW 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
South Dakota St. 7 11   .389     13 20   .394
Centenary 6 12   .333     8 23   .258
Western Illinois 6 12   .333     9 20   .310
UMKC 3 15   .167     7 24   .226
The Summit League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team was a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college basketball team representing Oakland University.

Oakland was picked to finish third in The Summit League's preseason poll. Oral Roberts was voted to finish first and North Dakota State second. However, only eight votes separated the three teams. Senior forward Derick Nelson and junior guard Johnathon Jones were named to the Preseason All-League First Team. Senior guard Erik Kangas was named to the Second Team.[1]

Prior to the first game of the year against Cleveland State, senior forward Derick Nelson suffered a foot injury and sat out most of the season. Nelson played in two games against Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, but did not record a point and took a medical redshirt.[2] Oakland lost their first game against CSU and defeated Pacific-10 Conference opponent Oregon for the second year in a row.

Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
34 Keith Benson C 6'11" 225 So. Farmington Hills, MI (Country Day)
21 Ricky Bieszki G 6'2" 190 Sr. Shelby Township, MI (Notre Dame Preparatory)
22 Blake Cushingberry G 6'4" 225 Fr. Romeo, MI (Romeo)
4 Will Hudson F 6'9" 225 So. Madison, WI (Middleton)
23 Johnathon Jones G 5'11" 165 Jr. Okemos, MI (Okemos)
30 Erik Kangas G 6'3" 205 Sr. DeWitt, MI (DeWitt)
32 John Kast G 6'2" 175 Jr. Clarkston, MI (Clarkston)
31 Drew Maynard G 6'7" 220 Fr. Lake Orion, MI (Lake Orion)
20 Ilija Milutinovic C 7'0" 255 Fr. Niš, Serbia (Milestone Christian Academy (MO))
1 Derick Nelson * F 6'5" 235 Sr. Lansing, MI (Bridgton Academy)
12 Matt Samuels G 6'0" 215 Fr. Washington, D.C. (Patterson)
44 Jay Thames * F 6'9" 220 Fr. Port Huron, MI (Port Huron Northern)
45 Dan Waterstradt C 6'10" 240 Sr. Dearborn Heights, MI (Rutgers)
2 Larry Wright * G 6'2" 172 Jr. Saginaw, MI (St. John's)

* Redshirting 2008–2009 season

Awards[edit]

  • Keith Benson
    • Summit League Player of the Week
      • Week 12 – Averaged 15.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game and shot 82.4 percent (14–17) for the week.[3]
  • Johnathon Jones
    • Summit League Player of the Week (2)
      • Week 2 – Averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals against Oregon, Syracuse and Iowa.[4]
      • Week 13 – Averaging 15.0 points and 12.5 assists per game against Oral Roberts and Centenary.[5]
  • Erik Kangas
    • Summit League Player of the Week (2)
      • Week 10 – Career-high 39-point game that included 8–13 shooting from three point range in victory at IPFW.[6]
      • Week 11 – Averaged 30.0 points and 7.5 three-pointers per game. Kangas shot 65% from three-point range. Kangas was the first player to earn back-to-back player of the week awards since the 2004–2005 season.[7]

Milestones[edit]

  • Erik Kangas set the Oakland record for career three-pointers made
  • Keith Benson set the Oakland record for single-game blocks with eight
  • Keith Benson set the Oakland record for single-season blocks

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
November 15, 2008* 7:00pm at Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH L 58–55  2,078 0–1
November 17, 2008* 10:00pm at Oregon McArthur CourtEugene, OR CSN Northwest W 82–79 OT 7,924 1–1
November 21, 2008* 7:00pm at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY Time Warner Sports L 86–66  18,932 1–2
November 23, 2008* 6:05pm at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA
(Las Vegas Invitational)
Big Ten Network L 66–57  8,079 1–3
November 25, 2008* 8:00pm at Kansas State Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS
(Las Vegas Invitational)
FSN Kansas City L 83–64  8,356 1–4
November 28, 2008* 6:30pm vs. Delaware State Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
W 75–70  2,067 2–4
November 29, 2008* 5:00pm vs. Southeast Missouri State Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
W 81–63  N/A 3–4
December 2, 2008 9:00pm at Southern Utah Centrum ArenaCedar City, UT L 82–66  2,059 3–5 (0–1)
December 4, 2008 8:00pm at UMKC Municipal AuditoriumKansas City, MO Metro Sports W 84–78  1,412 4–5 (1–1)
December 7, 2008* 1:00pm Toledo Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 67–58  2,315 5–5
December 14, 2008* 4:00pm Rochester Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 88–54  2,125 6–5
December 18, 2008* 8:00pm at Green Bay Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI WACY W 79–76 OT 2,587 7–5
December 20, 2008* 4:00pm vs. Michigan The Palace of Auburn HillsAuburn Hills, MI FSN Detroit L 89–76  10,113 7–6
December 22, 2008* 7:00pm at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, MI W 66–53  389 8–6
December 27, 2008* 5:00pm vs. #11 Michigan State The Palace of Auburn HillsAuburn Hills, MI Fox College Sports L 82–66  15,361 8–7
December 31, 2008 4:00pm South Dakota State Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 86–81  2,165 9–7 (2–1)
January 2, 2009 7:00pm North Dakota State Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 77–76  2,665 10–7 (3–1)
January 8, 2009 9:00pm at Centenary Gold DomeShreveport, LA L 80–60  775 10–8 (3–2)
January 10, 2009 8:05pm at Oral Roberts Mabee CenterTulsa, OK Fox College Sports L 68–65 OT 5,354 10–9 (3–3)
January 17, 2009 7:00pm at IPFW Allen County War Memorial ColiseumFort Wayne, IN W 93–88  2,650 11–9 (4–3)
January 22, 2009 7:00pm IUPUI Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI FSN Detroit W 75–57  2,805 12–9 (5–3)
January 24, 2009 6:00pm Western Illinois Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 86–46  3,125 13–9 (6–3)
January 29, 2009 8:30pm at North Dakota State Bison Sports ArenaFargo, ND L 81–71  4,552 13–10 (6–4)
January 31, 2009 8:30pm at South Dakota State Frost ArenaBrookings, SD L 74–68 OT 5,740 13–11 (6–5)
February 5, 2009 7:00pm Oral Roberts Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 81–69  2,355 14–11 (7–5)
February 7, 2009 6:00pm Centenary Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 78–65  3,855 15–11 (8–5)
February 14, 2009 6:00pm IPFW Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 83–72  2,905 16–11 (9–5)
February 19, 2009 8:00pm at Western Illinois Western HallMacomb, IL WIU TV W 77–52  878 17–11 (10–5)
February 21, 2009 7:00pm at IUPUI IUPUI GymnasiumIndianapolis, IN W 81–76  1,215 18–11 (11–5)
February 26, 2009 7:00pm Southern Utah Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 78–62  2,365 19–11 (12–5)
February 28, 2009 6:00pm UMKC Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 100–88  3,875 20–11 (13–5)
March 8, 2009 9:30pm vs. IPFW Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Summit League conference tournament quarterfinals)
W 75–62  2,411 21–11
March 9, 2009 9:30pm vs. South Dakota State Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Summit League conference tournament semifinals)
W 74–56  5,986 22–11
March 10, 2009 8:00pm vs. North Dakota State Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Summit League conference tournament finals)
ESPN2 L 66–64  3,804 22–12
March 17, 2009* 7:00pm Kent State Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI
(CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round)
W 80–74  2,155 23–12
March 23, 2009* 8:00pm at Bradley Carver ArenaPeoria, IL
(CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinals)
L 76–75  5,007 23–13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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