The game will tip at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Resch Center.
March 4, 2014
The first-round Horizon League tournament game is slated to start at 7 p.m.
March 1, 2014
With a win, Oakland will host a tournament game on Tuesday night at the O'rena.
Coach Greg Kampe on Shep in the morning
The Greg Kampe Show with Neal Ruhl on 1130 AM WDFn
Greg Kampe talks to Matt Shepherd prior to the Horizon League Postseason Game against Youngstown State
Coach Kampe and Duke Mondy address the media after the men's basketball game vs Wright State
Greg Kampe talks to Matt Shepherd on WDFN prior to the Oakland-Detroit game inside the O'rena
Golden Grizzlies hosted first-ever #HLMBB tournament game.
Golden Grizzlies hosted Horizon League regular-season champion Green Bay.
Oakland dropped a 72-71 decision to Wright State inside the O'rena on Feb. 16.
Athletics Center O'rena
Oakland men's basketball
Greg Kampe enters his 30th season as head coach of the Golden Grizzlies and is the third-longest tenured coach in Division I. Kampe led Oakland to six championships in 14 seasons inside The Summit League, including three NCAA tournaments (2005, '10, '11). He became the fifth active D-I coach to win 500 games at one school, finished third all-time in The Summit League with 147 league victories, and earned a league-best five Coach of the Year accolades.
In January 2012, Kampe became part of the 25th Oakland Athletics Hall of Honor Class as he was inducted into the Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor. He was selected as one of the top 20 Mid-Major coaches in the country by Athlon Sports in the summer 2012 and was named National Coach of the Year in 2000 by CollegeInsider.com.
The Golden Grizzlies have made five consecutive appearances in the NCAA postseason and are averaging 22 wins per year during that stretch. OU has won 10 or more league games in seven straight seasons and have had four players lead the country in a statistical category over the last four seasons (Johnathon Jones in assists, 2010 / Reggine Hamilton in scoring, 2012, Travis Bader in 3-pointers made, 2013 / Duke Mondy, steals per game, 2013).
"We have a quality program that turns out talented student-athletes," Kampe said. "We try to do things the right way with good people who receive a good education and then go out into the world and have success after basketball. That's what our mission is."
During a stretch from 2009-11, Oakland boasted the nation's best conference record at 34-2. The Golden Grizzlies finished 70-18 over their last 88 games versus Summit League opponents and hold the record for consecutive league victories at 20.
DIVISION I SUCCESS
Instead, the Pioneers changed to the Golden Grizzlies and OU spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in transition. Then the unexpected happened, Coach Kampe led the newly Golden Grizzlies to the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title in their first year of competition at 11-5. OU was not eligible for the Mid-Con Tournament that season.
In 2004-05, the Golden Grizzlies finished a sub-par season at 9-19 and 7-9 in league to finish in seventh place. As the No. 7 seed, Oakland upset No. 2 seed UMKC (67-63) and defeated Chicago State (56-53) before matching up with top-seeded Oral Roberts (25-7) in the championship game. Then Pierre Dukes made the shot heard round the world as time expired and sent Oakland to its first-ever Division I NCAA tournament with a 61-60 victory over the Golden Eagles. OU went on to defeat Alabama A&M (79-69) in the play-in game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio, and then fell to eventual national champion North Carolina (96-68) in Charlotte, N.C.
The conference may have changed its name in 2007 to The Summit League, but that did not derail Coach Kampe and OU's success. The Grizzlies have appeared in Summit League title games in 4 of 6 seasons, capturing their most recent titles in 2010 and '11 in dominating fashion with six double-digit wins at the tournament and posted a 34-2 regular-season league record.
His teams have posted back-to-back league record 17-1 marks to set records in wins and winning percentage (.944) from 2009-11. Oakland won a program-best 26 games in 2009-10 and followed that up with a 25-10 mark in 2010-11. The Golden Grizzlies picked up their first-ever top 10 win at No. 7 Tennessee (89-82) on Dec. 14, 2010, catching headlines across the country.
OU suffered heartbreak in two games in 2008-09. After player of the year Ben Woodside lifted the Bison over Oakland (66-64) on a last-second 20-foot jumper with three seconds left in The Summit League championship game, the Golden Grizzlies were invited to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. OU defeated Kent State (80-74) at home in the opening round, but tasted defeat at the hands of another buzzer beater, this time from 75 feet as Bradley escaped with a 76-75 win in Peoria, Ill. OU finished the year 23-13.
The Grizzlies posted a 19-14 record in 2006-07 and once again suffered heartbreak in the league tournament title game. ORU exacted some revenge as the top two seeds battled in the championship game, this time with OU's Erik Kangas missing an attempt at winning the game with seconds remaining from three, eventually falling 71-67.
After a disappointing 17-14 regular season where the Grizzlies finished third in the standings, OU surrendered an 11-point lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the quarterfinals of the league tournament and fell to Southern Utah. The Golden Grizzlies accepted a bid to compete in the CIT tournament and made a nice run to the semifinals. Oakland broke The Summit League record with three postseason wins and eventually fell to Utah State on the road. Reggie Hamilton became the first scoring champion in The Summit League, finishing at 26.2 points per game.
PRODUCING TOP PLAYERS
Brian Gregory (1987-90) continues to hold the all-time school record in assists for a career, season and single-game, and has now moved on to be a very successful coach at the collegiate ranks. Gregory worked under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, took over the University of Dayton program where he led the Flyers to an NIT title and three NCAA tournaments, has most recently been named as head coach at Georgia Tech in March 2011.
A TRADITION IS BORN
After two disappointing seasons where Coach Kampe was trying to build a winner, the Pioneers busted on to the national scene in 1986-87 where Oakland went 20-8. Winning seasons continued to ensue for the final 11 of D-II and OU appeared in four consecutive NCAA Regionals, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 1996-97, ending with a then school record 24-7 season. OU captured Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) titles in the final two seasons (1995-96, '96-97) and Kampe led the Pioneers to six 20-win seasons during the D-II campaign.
Married to his longtime wife Sue, they both reside in Waterford Township and have three sons, Keith, Branch and Press. Branch played on the LSU football team, while Press plays varsity basketball at Clarkston High School.
His late father, Kurt, was a guard on the University of Michigan's 1947 Rose Bowl and national championship football team, which went 10-0. Brother Kurt Kampe III, was a two-year letterwinner for the Wolverines in 1974 and `75 as a defensive back.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in physical education while at Toledo. Kampe personally combined excellence as an athlete and in the classroom in college. He is the only athlete in MAC history to earn first team all-Academic honors in both football and basketball. He earned dean's list honors with a 3.40 grade point average at BGSU, and received the President's Award as an outstanding senior student.
* First year of GLIAC Tournament