The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have had a fair amount of success in the sport of men’s basketball. Head coach Greg Kampe has led the Golden Grizzlies to three NCAA tournament appearances in his 33 years at the helm (Oakland did not join Division 1 until 1997). The program has produced standout players like Travis Bader and Kay Felder in recent years that have received national attention. This consistent quality out of the Oakland program has prompted them to receive a larger spotlight for the 2016-17 basketball season.

The news also coincides with Oakland landing longtime Detroit media personality Matt Dery to become the Grizzlies play-by-play commentator.

The Oakland men’s basketball team starts their new season on Friday November 11 against MAC opponent Bowling Green, at the O’rena in Rochester. The women meanwhile will also tip off their season Friday night, on the road in Ann Arbor against Michigan.