ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Oakland men's basketball team opens the season on Friday at home as the Golden Grizzlies host Bowling Green. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on TV20, Comcast 900 and can be seen on ESPN3. The match-up can also be heard on WDFN-AM (1130) with Neal Ruhl (pxp) and Matt Dery (analyst) on the call.
The Golden Grizzlies lead the all-time series against the Falcons, 4-3 including winning the last four meetings. Oakland beat BGSU, 86-69, the last time the two teams met on March, 14, 2012.
Tonight's home opener will begin a four-game homestand as the Golden Grizzlies will recognize all military veterans in attendance, and also highlight the first-ever men's basketball team at halftime as Oakland begins its 50th year of basketball.
DID YOU KNOW?
>Head Coach Greg Kampe graduated from Bowling Green in 1978 with a degree in business and journalism, where he played football and basketball for the Falcons.
>Associate Head Coach Dan Hipsher graduated from Bowling Green in 1977 with a degree in chemistry and biology. He was a two-time captain and academic All-American for the Falcons and was teammates and roommates with Kampe while at BGSU.
> The series between the two squads began on Dec. 8, 1998 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
> The last time Oakland fell to Bowling Green was Dec. 19, 2002, the Falcons defeated the Golden Grizzlies 75-68 on their home court.
>Oakland has posted a 24-25 record on opening night, and has gone 5-1 over its last six home-opening games.
>The Black and Gold posted a 2-0 record a season ago against MAC foes, earning wins against Eastern Michigan and Toledo.
>Friday's match-up is 1-of-155 games being played across the country on opening night of the 2016-17 men's basketball season.
> The Golden Grizzlies were the number one scoring offense in the country a season ago at 86.4 points per game including six games scoring more than 100 points and 11 games of 90 or more points.
> The Horizon League released the 2016-17 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll picking Valparaiso as the league favorite with 35 of 39 first-place votes. The Golden Grizzlies were picked second with two first-place votes, while defending tournament champion Green Bay was selected third with two first-place votes. The preseason poll was voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, media members, and men's basketball contacts throughout the league.