ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland will play Michigan State at the new Little Caesars Arena on Dec. 16, and will hit the road for games at Kansas (Nov. 24) and Syracuse (Nov. 20) during the men’s basketball non-conference schedule, announced by head coach Greg Kampe on Sunday.
"It's the second year in a row we have 16 home games or more, and we've never had that before so to go back-to-back is very impressive scheduling and one of the hardest things to do nowadays," said Kampe. "We are excited about having 16-plus home games for the second straight year. We play two of the top two preseason teams in the country in Michigan State and Kansas, and at home we have New Orleans, Fort Wayne, Towson and Texas Southern, all won over 20 games last year. It's a really good cross-section of top teams in the country, plus the top mid-majors we're getting to play them at home, and then we have our MAC rivalries with Eastern (Michigan), Western (Michigan) and Toledo."
The Golden Grizzlies will host nine home games during the non-conference season, including the home opener against former Summit League foe Fort Wayne (Nov. 10), Eastern Michigan (Dec. 22) and Texas Southern (Nov. 30). The TSU Tigers have made NCAA tournament appearances in two of the last three seasons.
"I don't think coming off a year that we played so many home games that I ever remember having a schedule as good and competitive as this one that will really test us and if we can have success, we should be in a really good situation heading into the conference," said Kampe.
For the first time in program history, Oakland will play a home and home with EMU, heading to Ypsilanti on Dec. 6. The Golden Grizzlies will travel to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan on Dec. 2 and open the Hoophall Miami Invitational at Toledo on Nov. 18. The Black and Gold will host another NCAA tournament participant from a season ago, New Orleans, on Nov. 13.
“I am very pleased we could offer a very balanced home and away schedule, one that will provide tremendous competition for Team 51,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Konya. “All Golden Grizzlies should be excited and be anticipating the start of the season.”