March 8, 2013
#5 Fort Wayne (15-16, 7-9) vs.
ROCHESTER, Mich. - No. 4 seed Oakland (16-15, 10-6) will take on No. 5 seed Fort Wayne (15-16, 7-9) in the quarterfinals of The Summit League tournament this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in Sioux Falls Arena. The game will be regionally televised on Fox Sports Detroit Plus and can be heard on OU's flagship station WDFN-AM (1130).
The Golden Grizzlies were swept by the Mastodons this season, 77-71 in Fort Wayne, Ind., and 74-72 in the O'rena. It is the first time IPFW has swept OU as the Golden Grizzlies lead the overall series, 16-5.
This will be the third time these two teams have played in the last four games over a span of 18 days. The last time that happened was in 2007-08 when Eastern Washington and Idaho State played three times in a four-game span. Michigan State and Wisconsin also did the same back in 2006-07.
OU will be the No. 4 seed for the first time in the league tournament. The Grizzlies are 14-8 overall at the championship and have won two of the last three titles. Oakland is 8-2 all-time in Sioux Falls Arena and have held double-digit leads in all 10 games played there.
The Black and Gold have never lost to the Mastodons and are 9-0 against No. 1 seed South Dakota State (2-0), No. 2 seed Western Illinois (2-0), No. 5 seed IPFW (2-0) and No. 6 seed Kansas City (3-0) at the league championship.
Oakland is 7-4 in quarterfinal games, 5-2 in the semifinals and 3-2 in title games. The Golden Grizzlies have made the championship game in four of the last six years (2007, '09, '10, '11).
Travis Bader, Duke Mondy, Corey Petros and Drew Valentine all received all-league recognition. Bader was selected All-Summit League first team, while Mondy was named second team and earned newcomer of the year accolades. Petros and Valentine were tabbed honrable mention.
All three rounds will be televised at the tournament. Fox College Sports will carry the quarterfinal and semifinal round games, while ESPN2 will broadcast the championship game. To locate your station on Fox College Sports, click here. FSD Plus has picked up the quarterfinal game for OU-IPFW on Sunday night.