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Oakland Basketball: 2024 NCAA Tournament breakdown of the Grizzlies

Oakland as a No. 14 seed will travel to Pittsburgh to face off against No. 3 seed Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mar 12, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies forward Chris Conway (2) celebrates
Mar 12, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies forward Chris Conway (2) celebrates / Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Get to know Oakland before they play Kentucky in this year's NCAA Tournament.

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Oakland Golden Grizzlies Resume

NET Ranking: 126

KenPom Ranking: 137

ESPN BPI Ranking: 130

Barttorvik Ranking: 137

Quadrant 1 Wins: @ Xavier
Quadrant 1 Losses: @ Ohio State, @ Illinois, Drake (neutral court), @ Michigan State, and @ Dayton

Quadrant 2 Record: 1-0 (Win @ Youngstown State) Quadrant 3 Record: 7-6

Golden Grizzlies Coach

Greg Kampe is Oakland's men's basketball team head coach and this is his 40th season at Oakland. He has nine postseason bids in nine seasons (2009–13, '15–17, 24), four NCAA tournaments (2005, 10, 11, 23), an NIT berth in 2017, eight 20-win seasons (2008–12, '16–17, '21–22, 23–24), and six Summit League championships in 14 seasons as a division one head coach. He also led the Golden Grizzlies to two Horizon League regular season titles in (2017 and 2024) and a Horizon League Tournament championship this year. He is personally friends with Kentucky's head coach John Calipari.

Oakland's Starting Five and Sixth Man (For the majority of the season)

Center: Chris Conway

Power Forward: Trey Townsend

Small Forward: Blake Lampman (plays multiple positions)

Shooting Guard: Rocket Watts

Point Guard: DQ Cole

Sixth Man: Jack Gohlke

Oakland is a school located in Rochester, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The Golden Grizzlies are in the Horizon League which is best known for when Butler was a member and went to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011.

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The Golden Grizzlies have been pretty consistent before this season which has been highlighted by a road win at Oklahoma State and a Gulf Coast Showcase tournament title in in 2021. However, this season was their first outright regular season Horizon League title and conference tournament championship.