GAME NOTES: The Oakland Golden Grizzlies put their seven-game winning streak on the line as they visit Memorial Coliseum for a Summit League bout with the IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons.
This is the first of a home and home series between these schools scheduled for 2012-13. The second matchup will occur March 2, at the O'Rena. Oakland holds a 16-3 all-time series lead versus IPFW.
The Golden Grizzlies are coming off of an 86-74 victory over the UMKC Kangaroos in the second chapter of their current three-game road swing. The win lifted Greg Kampe's squad to a 15-13 overall record which includes a 10-4 mark in Summit League action. The sharpshooting Travis Bader is the leader of Oakland with 22.1 ppg which has come courtesy of his nation-leading total of 123 makes from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Corey Petros leads the Golden Grizzlies on the glass with 8.3 boards per tilt.
Bader posted 29 points and eight rebounds on Saturday to help Oakland coast past UMKC. The Golden Grizzlies led by as many as 21 points in the opening half and finished the contest 10-of-21 from 3-point range. UMKC shot an even 50 percent from the field, but struggled to keep up after hitting only 29.2 percent of its attempts from distance. Drew Valentine chipped in 17 points for Oakland, which also received 16 points from Ryan Bass and 12 more from Petros. Duke Mondy dealt out nine assists in the win. Oakland is tied with South Dakota State atop the Summit League rankings in scoring offense with 73.6 ppg, but it is just sixth on the other end of the court with 73.8 points allowed per contest.
IPFW will not be an easy eighth victim, as it is coming off of a two-game road swing in which it downed UMKC (65-60) and South Dakota (65-41) to improve to 12-16 overall. The Mastodons have played tough recently and lost their two previous games before the road trip after valiant efforts against South Dakota State (80-74) and North Dakota State (58-54). Frank Gaines is one of the elite scorers in the NCAA with 19.3 points per game. Mario Hines is IPFW's top rebounder (5.7) and shot blocker (1.1).
Gaines pumped in 22 points for IPFW as it coasted past South Dakota on Saturday. The Mastodons connected on 44.3 percent of their field goal tries while limiting the Coyotes to 38 percent field goal efficiency. IPFW used a big run to take a 36-17 lead into the halftime before it allowed UMKC to chip away at the lopsided scoreboard in the second stanza. The Mastodons are one of the top defensive units in the Summit League with only 64.9 points allowed per game, but despite Gaines it still has just the seventh best scoring offense in the conference at 65.2 ppg.
IPFW had South Dakota State on the ropes but still lost after the Jackrabbits' superstar Nate Wolters poured in 53 points in one of the top performances by any player this season. The Mastodons will need to keep Bader from going off in a similar fashion to keep their winning streak alive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IUPU-Fort Wayne 70, Oakland 67
02/20 11:05:09 ET
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