ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland takes on Valparaiso in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on the Blacktop at the O'rena Friday night. Fans can also hear the game on WDFN-AM (1130) or on their smartphone with the iHeart radio app.
The Golden Grizzlies (19-7, 9-4) have won four straight games while the Crusaders (21-5, 11-2) are on a two-game winning streak. Greg Kampe will coach his 1,000th game on Friday, 12th-best among current Division I head coaches.
Oakland has teamed up with Beyond Basics in hosting a book drive at the remaining three home basketball games, starting Friday, Feb. 17. Fans are encouraged to bring in new or gently used children's book for grades K-5.
> Oakland has won eight of the last 13 meetings against Valpo, including a 12-point road victory over the Crusaders on Jan. 6, 78-66
> 11 of the last 13 games between Oakland and Valpo have been decided by six points or less or went to OT
> A win on Friday would mark the first season sweep since 2007
> The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies are the only two Horizon League schools inside the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, checking in at No. 11 and 25, respectively
> The Golden Grizzlies are 49-14 over the last nine seasons in the month of February, No. 10 in the country
> Oakland is having one of its best seasons on the defensive end, ranking 15th in the NCAA in steals (214), 14th in defensive rebounds per game (28.5) and 23rd in FG% defense (39.8)
> Oakland is 31-3 all-time in the Horizon League when leading or tied at halftime; The Golden Grizzlies are 13-2 this season (7-1 in HL)
> Despite dropping three league games at home, the Black and Gold have won 61 of the last 77 league games in the O'rena