Aug. 31, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland will face Boise State (11/13), Pittsburgh (11/17), Michigan State (11/23), Tennessee (11/26) and Alabama (1/5) on the road, along with hosting Valparaiso (12/17) and a Summit League slate in the Athletics Center O'rena, announced by head coach Greg Kampe on Friday. OU will open the season with an exhibition game versus Davenport (10/30) in the O'rena at 7 p.m.
"This schedule is one of the toughest we have had when you factor in travel and a lack of home games," said Kampe who enters his 29th season. "But we are playing some great teams on the road, on national television and we are going to move the program forward with it."
After a pair of exhibition games in the O'rena versus Davenport and Defiance College (11/6), the Golden Grizzlies will face Albion College in the regular-season opener inside the O'rena at 5 p.m.
Oakland will face Mid-American conference champion Ohio (12/8) in Athens. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year with wins over Michigan (65-60) and South Florida (62-56), before falling to North Carolina (73-65).
Valpo captured the Horizon League regular-season title a season ago and this marks the third straight year the two teams have faced, with Oakland taking an 82-80 buzzer-beater thriller in Valparaiso, Ind. on Dec. 17, 2011. The Golden Grizzlies will also take on in-state foe Eastern Michigan (12/22) in the Convocation Center. The Eagles won the MAC West division a season ago.
Five teams on Oakland's schedule made the 2012 NCAA tournament, while Ohio and Michigan State advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The Golden Grizzlies will face West Virginia in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU at 9 p.m. (12/19).
OU will also host its first-ever ESPN SEARS Bracketbuster game on Feb. 23rd. The opponent and game time will be determined later in the season.