2008–09 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team

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2008–09 Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball
Oakland Grizzlies wordmark.png
CIT, Quarterfinals, L, Bradley 75-76
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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
November 15, 2008*
7:00pm
at Cleveland State L 58–55  0–1
Wolstein Center (2,078)
Cleveland, OH
November 17, 2008*
10:00pm, CSN Northwest
at Oregon W 82–79 OT 1–1
McArthur Court (7,924)
Eugene, OR
November 21, 2008*
7:00pm, Time Warner Sports
at Syracuse L 86–66  1–2
Carrier Dome (18,932)
Syracuse, NY
November 23, 2008*
6:05pm, Big Ten Network
at Iowa
Las Vegas Invitational
L 66–57  1–3
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (8,079)
Iowa City, IA
November 25, 2008*
8:00pm, FSN Kansas City
at Kansas State
Las Vegas Invitational
L 83–64  1–4
Bramlage Coliseum (8,356)
Manhattan, KS
November 28, 2008*
6:30pm
vs. Delaware State
Las Vegas Invitational
W 75–70  2–4
Orleans Arena (2,067)
Las Vegas, NV
November 29, 2008*
5:00pm
vs. Southeast Missouri State
Las Vegas Invitational
W 81–63  3–4
Orleans Arena (N/A)
Las Vegas, NV
December 2, 2008
9:00pm
at Southern Utah L 82–66  3–5
(0–1)
Centrum Arena (2,059)
Cedar City, UT
December 4, 2008
8:00pm, Metro Sports
at UMKC W 84–78  4–5
(1–1)
Municipal Auditorium (1,412)
Kansas City, MO
December 7, 2008*
1:00pm
Toledo W 67–58  5–5
Athletics Center O'rena (2,315)
Rochester, MI
December 14, 2008*
4:00pm
Rochester W 88–54  6–5
Athletics Center O'rena (2,125)
Rochester, MI
December 18, 2008*
8:00pm, WACY
at Green Bay W 79–76 OT 7–5
Resch Center (2,587)
Green Bay, WI
December 20, 2008*
4:00pm, FSN Detroit
vs. Michigan L 89–76  7–6
The Palace of Auburn Hills (10,113)
Auburn Hills, MI
December 22, 2008*
7:00pm
at Eastern Michigan W 66–53  8–6
Convocation Center (389)
Ypsilanti, MI
December 27, 2008*
5:00pm, Fox College Sports
vs. No. 11 Michigan State L 82–66  8–7
The Palace of Auburn Hills (15,361)
Auburn Hills, MI
December 31, 2008
4:00pm
South Dakota State W 86–81  9–7
(2–1)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,165)
Rochester, MI
January 2, 2009
7:00pm
North Dakota State W 77–76  10–7
(3–1)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,665)
Rochester, MI
January 8, 2009
9:00pm
at Centenary L 80–60  10–8
(3–2)
Gold Dome (775)
Shreveport, LA
January 10, 2009
8:05pm, Fox College Sports
at Oral Roberts L 68–65 OT 10–9
(3–3)
Mabee Center (5,354)
Tulsa, OK
January 17, 2009
7:00pm
at IPFW W 93–88  11–9
(4–3)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (2,650)
Fort Wayne, IN
January 22, 2009
7:00pm, FSN Detroit
IUPUI W 75–57  12–9
(5–3)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,805)
Rochester, MI
January 24, 2009
6:00pm
Western Illinois W 86–46  13–9
(6–3)
Athletics Center O'rena (3,125)
Rochester, MI
January 29, 2009
8:30pm
at North Dakota State L 81–71  13–10
(6–4)
Bison Sports Arena (4,552)
Fargo, ND
January 31, 2009
8:30pm
at South Dakota State L 74–68 OT 13–11
(6–5)
Frost Arena (5,740)
Brookings, SD
February 5, 2009
7:00pm
Oral Roberts W 81–69  14–11
(7–5)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,355)
Rochester, MI
February 7, 2009
6:00pm
Centenary W 78–65  15–11
(8–5)
Athletics Center O'rena (3,855)
Rochester, MI
February 14, 2009
6:00pm
IPFW W 83–72  16–11
(9–5)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,905)
Rochester, MI
February 19, 2009
8:00pm, WIU TV
at Western Illinois W 77–52  17–11
(10–5)
Western Hall (878)
Macomb, IL
February 21, 2009
7:00pm
at IUPUI W 81–76  18–11
(11–5)
IUPUI Gymnasium (1,215)
Indianapolis, IN
February 26, 2009
7:00pm
Southern Utah W 78–62  19–11
(12–5)
Athletics Center O'rena (2,365)
Rochester, MI
February 28, 2009
6:00pm
UMKC W 100–88  20–11
(13–5)
Athletics Center O'rena (3,875)
Rochester, MI
March 8, 2009
9:30pm
vs. IPFW
Summit League conference tournament quarterfinals
W 75–62  21–11
Sioux Falls Arena (2,411)
Sioux Falls, SD
March 9, 2009
9:30pm
vs. South Dakota State
Summit League conference tournament semifinals
W 74–56  22–11
Sioux Falls Arena (5,986)
Sioux Falls, SD
March 10, 2009
8:00pm, ESPN2
vs. North Dakota State
Summit League conference tournament finals
L 66–64  22–12
Sioux Falls Arena (3,804)
Sioux Falls, SD
March 17, 2009*
7:00pm
Kent State
CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round
W 80–74  23–12
Athletics Center O'rena (2,155)
Rochester, MI
March 23, 2009*
8:00pm
at Bradley
CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinals
L 76–75  23–13
Carver Arena (5,007)
Peoria, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "OU's Derick Nelson to Redshirt - Oakland University Official Athletic Site". Ougrizzlies.com. December 30, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ [2] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [3] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [4] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [5] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [6] Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.