Marquette vs Oakland University Preview

Marquette will take on Oakland University from Rochester, Michigan tonight at the Bradley Center at 7:00. Andrew Phillips of takes a look at the Grizzlies.

Oakland University Preview



Location: Rochester, MI

Mascot: Golden Grizzlies

Conference: Mid-Continent Conference

2005-2006 Record: 11-18

2006-2007 Record: 6-7

All Time Series with Marquette: Marquette leads 2-0 with a victory last season.

Coach: Greg Kampe, in his 23rd year as Head Coach at OU, has a career record of 360-273 including one NCAA Tournament appearance


Probable Starters:

#30 Erik Kangas: a 6'3" sophomore guard from DeWitt, MI.  Averaging 9.2 ppg and 1.07 apg in 13 starts for the Grizzlies, is shooting 43% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc (31-72) and is taking 40% of team's three-point shots, has only attempted 2 freethrows all season


#3 Jonathon Jones: a 6'0" freshman guard from Okemos, MI Averaging 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.38 apg in 13 starts for OU, is shooting just 34% from the field but is also shooting 39% from beyond the arc (13-33), also has 46 turnovers in 32.5 mpg which averages to 3.53 turnovers/game


#1 Derick Nelson: a 6'5" sophomore forward from Lansing, MI via Brighton Academy in Maine.  Averaging 7.7.ppg and 5.5 rpg in 3 starts and 13 total games played for OU, shooting 54% from the field (41-75) and 40% from outside (6-15)


#31 Vova Severovas: a 6'6" senior forward from Vilnius, Lithuania.  Leads the team in scoring averaging 12.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 13 starts, is shooting 47% from the field and has attempted only one three-point shot, scored 13 points against Marquette last season in his first game in an Oakland uniform after transferring from Wright State, was named the Mid-Con player of the week for December 11


#50 Shawn Hopes: a 6'7" senior center from Detroit, MI.  Averaging 12.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg, shooting 51% from the field, leads team in blocks with 5 and personal fouls with 37 (or 2.8 per game)


Key Reserve:

#15 Rick Billings: a 6'4" senior guard from Detroit, MI.  Averaging 5.2  ppg and 1.6 apg on 33% shooting from the floor, will be the first guard off the bench for OU, averaging 20.1 mpg and has 10 starts, could be called on in place of Nelson to defend Marquette's athletic lineup. 

**Andrew Phillips is a senior majoring in Political Science and is also a member of the Marquette Band!

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