Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball

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Oakland Golden Grizzlies
2013–14 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team
Oakland Golden Grizzlies athletic logo
University Oakland University
Conference Horizon League
Location Rochester, MI
Head coach Greg Kampe (30th year)
Arena Athletics Center O'rena
(Capacity: 4,005)
Nickname Golden Grizzlies
Colors

Black and Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament appearances
D-II: 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997
D-I: 2005 • 2010 • 2011
Conference tournament champions
2005 • 2010 • 2011
Conference regular season champions
1995–96 • 1996–97 • 1999–00 • 2009–10 • 2010–11

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are the men's basketball team that represent Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, USA. The school's team competes in the Horizon League and plays their home games at the Athletics Center O'rena. The Golden Grizzlies are coached by Greg Kampe. Kampe is the third longest-tenured Division I head coach, behind Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski.[1] Oakland last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011.

Through the 2013–2014 season, Oakland has made a three-point field goal in 802 consecutive games, the eighth-longest active NCAA Division I streak. They last finished a game without a three-pointer on January 30, 1988.[2]

History[edit]

The Oakland men's basketball program began competing in the 1967 season, 10 years after the university opened. Originally nicknamed the Pioneers, they won their first NCAA game 109–106 in overtime against Albion. The Pioneers were without a conference until 1974 when they joined the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The first year as members of the GLIAC, Oakland hired Greg Kampe, who is still the head coach at the university. Kampe has the fifth-longest tenure of all active Division I coaches.[3] Oakland won two regular season GLIAC championships, in 1995–96 and 1996–97, their final two seasons in the league. In a 1993 game against Madonna, Oakland scored 91 points in the first half, on their way to a 189–107 victory.[4] That game set school records for most points in a half (98) and largest margin of victory (82). The next three seasons, OU scored more than 100 points 30 times, winning 29 of those games.[4]

Oakland played at the Division II level until 1997 when they changed their nickname to the Golden Grizzlies and began the transition to Division I. OU opened the Athletics Center O'rena in 1998 against Michigan State. When the O'rena was being built, home basketball games were played in the Sports Dome, an inflatable "bubble" used for practice by Oakland's athletic teams during the winter.[5] The original basketball stadium was in the Hollie L. Lepley Sports Center.[6]

The Golden Grizzlies completed the transition to Division I in 1999 and joined the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as The Summit League).

The Golden Grizzlies joined the Horizon League starting in the 2013–14 season.

Postseason history[edit]

Oakland competed in Division II of the NCAA since the inception of the basketball program in 1967 until they moved to Division I in 1997. The Golden Grizzlies reached the Division II postseason four times in their final four seasons at that level.

NCAA Division I Tournament results[edit]

The Golden Grizzlies have appeared in three Division I NCAA Tournaments. Their overall record is 1–3.

Year Seed Opening round Round of 64
2005 16 Defeated Alabama A&M, 79–69 Lost to North Carolina, 96–68
2010 14 Lost to Pittsburgh, 89–66
2011 13 Lost to Texas, 85–81

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Golden Grizzlies have appeared in four Division II NCAA Tournaments. Their overall record is 3–5.

Year First round Regional semifinal Regional consolation Regional final
1994 Defeated Quincy, 105–98 Lost to Wayne State, 99–97 Lost to Kentucky Wesleyan, 118–91
1995 Lost to Quincy, 116–94
1996 Lost to Northern State, 98–92
1997 Defeated Grand Valley State, 79–74 Defeated Indianapolis, 75–72 Lost to Northern Kentucky, 101–87

CIT results[edit]

The Golden Grizzlies have appeared in three CollegeInsider.com Tournaments. Their overall record is 4–3.

Year Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals
2009 Defeated Kent State, 80–74 Lost to Bradley, 76–75
2012 Defeated Bowling Green, 86–69 Defeated Buffalo, 84–76 Defeated Rice, 77–70 Lost to Utah State, 105–81
2013 Lost to Youngstown State, 99–87

All-time win-loss record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Dick Robinson (1967–1968)
1967–68 Robinson 6–15
Dick Robinson: 6–15
Gene Bolden (1968–1976)
1968–69 Bolden 11–10
1969–70 Bolden 9–14
1970–71 Bolden 14–12
1971–72 Bolden 14–12
1972–73 Bolden 15–11
1973–74 Bolden 17–11
1974–75 Bolden 4–22 2–9
1975–76 Bolden 5–22 3–13
Gene Bolden: 89–114 5–22
Jim Mitchell (1976–1979)
1976–77 Mitchell 9–19 5–11
1977–78 Mitchell 6–22 3–11
1978–79 Mitchell, Frederick 12–15 5–9
Jim Mitchell: 27–56 13–31
Lee Frederick (1979–1984)
1979–80 Frederick 13–14 3–11
1980–81 Frederick 8–19 3–13
1981–82 Frederick 18–9 8–8
1982–83 Frederick 11–16 4–12
1983–84 Frederick 13–14 7–9
Lee Frederick: 63–72 25–53
Greg Kampe (1984–present)
1984–85 Kampe 13–15 5–11 T-7th
1985–86 Kampe 13–15 5–11 8th
1986–87 Kampe 20–8 10–6 4th
1987–88 Kampe 19–9 11–5 3rd
1988–89 Kampe 20–8 10–6 3rd
1989–90 Kampe 19–9 10–6 4th
1990–91 Kampe 16–13 10–6 3rd
1991–92 Kampe 16–13 8–8 T-4th
1992–93 Kampe 15–11 9–7 T-3rd
1993–94 Kampe 21–10 11–7 4th NCAA Regional Semi-Final
1994–95 Kampe 20–9 12–6 2nd NCAA First Round
1995–96 Kampe 21–8 13–5 T-1st NCAA First Round
1996–97 Kampe 24–7 14–3 1st (South) NCAA Regional Final
1997–98 Kampe 15–12
1998–99 Kampe 12–15 8–8 N/A
1999–00 Kampe 13–17 11–5 1st
2000–01 Kampe 12–16 8–8 5th
2001–02 Kampe 17–13 10–4 T-2nd
2002–03 Kampe 17–11 10–4 T-2nd
2003–04 Kampe 13–17 6–10 T-7th
2004–05 Kampe 13–19 7–9 T-5th NCAA First Round
2005–06 Kampe 11–18 6–10 7th
2006–07 Kampe 19–14 10–4 2nd
2007–08 Kampe 17–14 11–7 3rd
2008–09 Kampe 23–13 13–5 3rd CIT quarterfinals
2009–10 Kampe 26–9 17–1 1st NCAA first round
2010–11 Kampe 25–10 17–1 1st NCAA second round
2011–12 Kampe 20–16 11–7 3rd CIT semifinals
2012–13 Kampe 16–17 10–6 4th CIT first round
2013–14 Kampe 13–20 7–9 5th-t
Greg Kampe: 519–386 290–185
Total: 704–643

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Records[edit]

Through 2013–14 season

Career leaders[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Points Player Years
1 2,408 Carvin Melson 1969–73
2 2,351 Travis Bader 2010–14
3 2,314 Mike Helms 2000–04
4 2,210 Eric Taylor 1988–92
5 1,903 Keith Benson 2007–11

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Rebounds Player Years
1 1,204 Carvin Melson 1969–73
2 1,103 Keith Benson 2007–11
3 924 Kevin Williams 1972–76
4 866 Ronald Brown 1969–73
5 849 Derick Nelson 2005–10

Assists[edit]

Rank Assists Player Years
1 905 Brian Gregory 1987–90
2 819 Johnathon Jones 2006–10
3[a] 514 Mychal Covington 1998–02
4 507 Kevin Kovach 1993–97
5 386 Ty McGregor 1990–94

Field goal percentage (3 made per game)[edit]

Rank Field goal pct Player Years
1 62.4% (698–1118) Dan Champagne 1997–02
2 59.4% (508–855) Jason Burkholder 1992–96
3 59.3% (304–513) Dan Buza 1993–97
4 57.9% (294–508) Matt McClellan 1995–97
5 56.6% (463–818) Corey Petros 2011–present

Free throw percentage (2 made per game)[edit]

Rank Free throw pct Player Years
1 87.9% (441–502) Travis Bader 2010–14
2 86.9% (152–175) Larry Wright 2009–11
3 86.4% (382–442) Reggie Hamilton 2010–12
4 85.9% (165–192) Tom Marrowelli 1994–96
5 84.2% (410–487) Jason Rozycki 1998–02

Three point field goal percentage (1.5 per game)[edit]

Rank 3-Pt field goal pct Player Years
1 41.6% (102–245) Kris Matuszewski 1995–97
2 40.6% (89–219) Mike Riley 1996–98
3 40.5% (504–1246) Travis Bader 2010–14
4 40.4% (348–861) Eric Kangas 2005–09
5 40.2% (208–517) Eric Taylor 1988–92

Blocks[edit]

Rank Blocks Player Years
1 371 Keith Benson 2007–11
2 101 Rawle Marshall 2002–05
3 88 Will Hudson 2007–11
4 79 Lee Fitzpatrick 1989–92
5 61 Chris Howze 1982–86

Steals[edit]

Rank Steals Player Years
1 233 Eric Taylor 1988–92
2 198 Johnathon Jones 2006–10
2 198[b] Rawle Marshall 2002–05
4 190 Duke Mondy 2012–14
5 163 Mike Helms 2000–04

Games played[edit]

Rank Games Player Years
1 137 Travis Bader 2010–14
1 137 Will Hudson 2007–11
3 136 Drew Valentine 2009–13
4 135 Keith Benson 2007–11
4 135 Johnathon Jones 2006–10

Single-season leaders[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Points Player Year
1 942 Reggie Hamilton 2011–12
2 752 Mike Helms 2002–03
3 740 Scott Bittinger 1987–88
4 730 Travis Bader 2012–13
5 708 Carvin Melson 1971–72

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Rebounds Player Year
1 367 Keith Benson 2009–10
2 354 Keith Benson 2010–11
3 340 Kevin Williams 1975–76
4 326 Carvin Melson 1971–72
5 307 Matt McClellan 1996–97

Assists[edit]

Rank Assists Player Year
1 374 Brian Gregory 1987–88
2 300 Brian Gregory 1988–89
3 290 Johnathon Jones 2008–09
4 231 Brian Gregory 1989–90
5 224 Johnathon Jones 2009–10

Field goal percentage (3 made per game)[edit]

Rank Field goal pct Player Year
1 66.6% (191–287) Dan Champagne 1997–98
2 66.3% (116–175) Dan Buza 1995–96
3 66.2% (176–266) Jason Burkholder 1994–95
4 65.0% (139–214) Dan Champagne 2000–01
5 64.5% (160–248) Will Hudson 2010–11

Free throw percentage (2 made per game)[edit]

Rank Free throw pct Player Year
1 94.2% (162–172) Travis Bader 2013–14
2 92.6% (87–94) Larry Wright 2009–10
3 89.2% (107–120) Brad Buddenborg 1999–00
4 88.6% (179–202) Travis Bader 2012–13
5 88.3% (83–94) Erik Kangas 2008–09

Three point field goal percentage (1.5 made per game)[edit]

Rank 3-Pt field goal pct Player Year
1 50.5% (46–91) Kris Matuszewski 1995–96
2 47.5% (48–101) John Henderson 1988–89
3 44.4% (55–124) Eric Taylor 1989–90
4 44.3% (94–212) Travis Bader 2010–11
5 43.6% (51–117) Mike Riley 1996–97

Blocks[edit]

Rank Blocks Player Year
1 127 Keith Benson 2010–11
2 117 Keith Benson 2009–10
3 87 Keith Benson 2008–09
4 41 Rawle Marshall 2002–03
4 41 Dennis Kann 1992–93

Steals[edit]

Rank Steals Player Year
1 100 Duke Mondy 2012–13
2 90 Duke Mondy 2013–14
3 80 Rawle Marshall 2002–03
4 73 Eric Taylor 1991–92
5 72 Reggie Hamilton 2011–12
5 72 Antoine Williams 1981–82

Media[edit]

OU men's basketball games are broadcast on WDFN (1130 AM). The play-by-play commentator is Neal Ruhl along with Scott MacDonald doing the color commentary.[7] Mario Impemba, also the play-by-play commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit, broadcast Oakland games from 2006–2013.[8]

Footnotes[edit]

a The official Oakland record book lists Reggie Hamilton in third place with 548 career assists from 2010–12. That includes the assists he accumulated while at UMKC from 2007–09, which is inconsistent with how the rest of the record book handles transfer player statistics.
b The official Oakland record book lists Marshall's total at 199,[4] but the addition of his individual season's statistics makes the total 198 (80 in 2002–03,[9] 59 in 2003–04,[10] 59 in 2004–05[11]).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's Gordon's night for Hoosiers in victory". Associated Press. December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oakland basketball notes". Oakland University. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Greg Kampe". Ougrizzlies.com. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "2011–12 Men's Basketball Record Book". Oakland University. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Campus timeline". 1996 entry on timeline. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Campus timeline". 1998 entry on timeline. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013–14 Oakland Basketball Prospectus". Oakland University. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kampe, Paul (October 30, 2013). "Oakland announces 2013-14 radio broadcasts, Mario Impemba's departure". Oakland Press. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oakland 2002–03 Season Statistics". Oakland University. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Oakland 2003–04 Season Statistics". Oakland University. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Oakland 2004–05 Season Statistics". Oakland University. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 

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