2009–10 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team

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2009–10 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball
Oakland Golden Grizzlies O Wordmark.jpg
The Summit League regular season champions
The Summit League tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, First round
Conference The Summit League
2009–10 record 26–9 (17–1 Summit)
Head coach Greg Kampe
Assistant coach Jeff Tungate
Assistant coach Darren Sorenson
Assistant coach Saddi Washington
Home arena Athletics Center O'rena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 The Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
†-Oakland 17 1   .944     26 9   .743
x-IUPUI 15 3   .833     25 11   .694
x-Oral Roberts 13 5   .722     20 13   .606
x-South Dakota St. 10 8   .556     14 16   .467
x-IPFW 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
x-North Dakota St. 8 10   .444     11 18   .379
x-Western Illinois 6 12   .333     13 17   .433
x-UMKC 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
Centenary * 3 15   .167     8 21   .276
Southern Utah 3 15   .167     7 22   .241
Conference tournament winner
As of March 22, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll
* Ineligible for conference tournament
x-Clinched berth in conference tournament

The 2009–10 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team were a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college basketball team representing Oakland University. Oakland finished the season 26–9 overall, 17–1 in The Summit League and were the league's regular season and conference tournament champions. The Golden Grizzlies received The Summit League's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament and, as a No. 14 seed, lost to No. 3 Pittsburgh in the first round.

Preseason[edit]

Oakland was picked to win The Summit League championship, receiving 34 of the 35 first place votes.[1] The Golden Grizzlies returned three starters from the 2008–09 team, plus senior Derick Nelson, who sat out the majority of the previous season due to a foot injury.[1]

Also returning for Oakland was senior point guard Johnathon Jones, who led all Division I players in assists[1] and junior center Keith Benson, who was being projected as a first round National Basketball Association draft pick.[2] Benson, Jones and Nelson were each selected to The Summit League's pre-season all-league teams with Jones being selected as the pre-season Player of the Year.[1]

Oakland's schedule included road games against the pre-season consensus number one and two teams, Kansas and Michigan State.[3]

Season[edit]

Oakland finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 6–7 record. OU lost all their games against BCS conference teams (0–5) and went 6–2 against the rest of the schedule, losing to Eastern Michigan and Memphis.

The Golden Grizzlies opened The Summit League schedule winning their first nine games, marking their best start in league history.[4] During the steak Oakland defeated Oral Roberts 67–64, their first win at the Mabee Center in 10 years. The loss for ORU was just the sixth Summit League home loss for ORU in its last 59.[5]

Records[edit]

Jones became The Summit League's all-time leading assists leader with 11 assists against Central Arkansas on November 28, 2009. Jones broke the record of 626 held by Bryce Drew of Valparaiso.[6]

Jones broke the conference and school records for consecutive free throws, having made 43 in a row from December 5 through January 23. Jones broke the school record of 33, set by Scott Bittinger in the 1987–88 season.[4]

Jones also set Oakland school records for career games played and career games started. Jones passed Patrick McCloskey for most games played with 125 from 2004–08[7] and Dan Champagne, who set the previous record of 113 games started from 1997–2002.[4]

Oakland tied The Summit League's record for consecutive regular season win with their 16th victory in a row against South Dakota State. The 16 wins span two seasons and tied the Cleveland State team that won 16 in a row in 1992 and 1993.[8]

Milestones[edit]

Benson became the 28th player in Oakland history to score at least 1,000 career points. Benson reached the plateau during a 99–53 victory over Southern Utah. Current teammates Jones (1,674) and Nelson (1,529) are also members of the 1,000-point club.

Jones scored his 1,500th career point in the January 24 victory against South Dakota State.[8] Nelson scored his 1,500th point during the finals of The Summit League tournament in which he led Oakland to the title with a career-high 36 points. Jones was the 15th and Nelson the 16th player in OU history to join the 1,500-point club.

Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
3 Travis Bader * G 6'3" 164 Fr. Okemos, MI (Okemos)
34 Keith Benson C 6'11" 221 Jr. Farmington Hills, MI (Country Day)
22 Blake Cushingberry G 6'3" 243 So. Romeo, MI (Romeo)
12 Ledrick Eackles G 6'1" 184 Fr. Zachary, LA (Zachary)
4 Reggie Hamilton * G 5'11" 175 Jr. Harvey, IL (UMKC)
11 Will Hudson F 6'9" 233 Jr. Madison, WI (Middleton)
23 Johnathon Jones G 5'11" 160 Sr. Okemos, MI (Okemos)
33 John Kast G 6'2" 181 Sr. Clarkston, MI (Clarkston)
32 Drew Maynard G 6'6" 231 So. Lake Orion, MI (Lake Orion)
50 Ilija Milutinovic C 7'0" 247 So. Niš, Serbia (Milestone Christian Academy (MO))
1 Derick Nelson F 6'5" 236 Sr. Lansing, MI (Bridgton Academy)
44 Jay Thames F 6'8" 202 Fr. Port Huron, MI (Port Huron Northern)
15 Drew Valentine F 6'4" 212 Fr. Lansing, MI (Sexton)
2 Larry Wright G 6'2" 162 Jr. Saginaw, MI (St. John's)

* Redshirting 2009–10 season

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 10, 2009* 7:00pm Hope Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 97–62[9]  1,115
Regular season
November 14, 2009* 7:00pm Eastern Michigan Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI L 81–77[10]  3,115 0–1
November 18, 2009* 8:00pm at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI L 58–42[11]  17,230 0–2
November 21, 2009* 6:00pm Rochester Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 97–63[12]  2,315 1–2
November 23, 2009* 8:00pm at Tennessee Tech Eblen CenterCookeville, TN
(Hall of Fame Showcase)
W 77–56[13]  901 2–2
November 25, 2009* 8:00pm at #1 Kansas Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS
(Hall of Fame Showcase)
ESPN Full Court[14] L 89–59[15]  16,300 2–3
November 28, 2009* 6:00pm Central Arkansas Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI
(Hall of Fame Showcase)
W 83–75[16]  2,095 3–3
November 30, 2009* 8:00pm at Memphis FedExForumMemphis, TN
(Hall of Fame Showcase)
WKNO[17] L 77–46[18]  15,689 3–4
December 5, 2009 7:00pm at IPFW Memorial ColiseumFort Wayne, IN W 84–76[19]  3,426 4–4 (1–0)
December 10, 2009* 7:00pm at #12 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI Big Ten Network[20] L 88–57[21]  14,759 4–5
December 13, 2009* 4:30pm Green Bay Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI Fox Sports Detroit[20] W 76–52[22]  2,355 5–5
December 17, 2009* 10:10pm at Seattle KeyArenaSeattle, WA W 77–68[23]  2,243 6–5
December 19, 2009* 10:30pm at Oregon McArthur CourtEugene, OR CSN Northwest[24] L 72–60[25]  6,121 6–6
December 22, 2009* 7:00pm at #5 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY TWCS[26] L 92–60[27]  18,669 6–7
December 28, 2009* 7:00pm Alma Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 106–58[28]  2,055 7–7
December 31, 2009 1:00pm Western Illinois Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 75–63[29]  2,035 8–7 (2–0)
January 2, 2010 5:30pm IUPUI Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI Fox Sports Detroit[30] W 85–82[31]  2,855 9–7 (3–0)
January 7, 2010 8:05pm at Oral Roberts Mabee CenterTulsa, OK FCS Central[32] W 67–64[33]  4,089 10–7 (4–0)
January 9, 2010 8:30pm at Centenary Gold DomeShreveport, LA W 88–50[34]  405 11–7 (5–0)
January 14, 2010 7:00pm UMKC Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 87–73[35]  2,755 12–7 (6–0)
January 16, 2010 6:00pm Southern Utah Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 99–53[36]  3,125 13–7 (7–0)
January 21, 2010 8:00pm at North Dakota State Bison Sports ArenaFargo, ND W 85–79[37]  3,126 14–7 (8–0)
January 23, 2010 8:30pm at South Dakota State Frost ArenaBrookings, SD W 85–82[38]  4,064 15–7 (9–0)
January 28, 2010 7:00pm at IUPUI IUPUI GymnasiumIndianapolis, IN L 78–54[39]  1,188 15–8 (9–1)
January 30, 2010 8:00pm at Western Illinois Waste Management CourtMacomb, IL W 68–64[40]  997 16–8 (10–1)
February 4, 2010 7:00pm Centenary Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 75–64[41]  2,115 17–8 (11–1)
February 6, 2010 6:00pm Oral Roberts Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 79–77[42]  4,034 18–8 (12–1)
February 11, 2010 9:00pm at Southern Utah Centrum ArenaCedar City, UT W 85–72[43]  1,418 19–8 (13–1)
February 13, 2010 8:00pm at UMKC Municipal AuditoriumKansas City, MO Metro Sports W 83–71[44]  1,783 20–8 (14–1)
February 18, 2010 7:00pm South Dakota State Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 88–83[45]  2,485 21–8 (15–1)
February 20, 2010 6:00pm North Dakota State Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI Fox Sports Detroit[46] W 88–81[47]  3,101 22–8 (16–1)
February 27, 2010 6:00pm IPFW Athletics Center O'renaRochester, MI W 86–83[48]  3,823 23–8 (17–1)
2010 The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament
March 6, 2010 7:00pm vs. UMKC Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN Full Court W 85–70  2,854 24–8
March 8, 2010 7:00pm vs. IPFW Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Semifinals)
Fox Sports Detroit W 71–58[49]  2,033 25–8
March 8, 2010 9:00pm vs. IUPUI Sioux Falls ArenaSioux Falls, SD
(Finals)
ESPN2 W 76–64[50]  3,122 26–8
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2010* 2:45pm vs. #18 Pittsburgh Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI
(First round)
CBS L 89–66[51]  17,847 26–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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