Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It's not often I big up Oakland. The school has mad flaws, including a lack of social events sponsored by any student body. I need to change that, it's not that hard. This is coming from the guy who spends most of his time in his dorm. All of that is irrelevant now. For the 2nd time since I've been here, both the men's and women's basketball teams have made it to the conference championship.
The men will be taking on North Dakota State (Regular Season Conference Champs) at 8pm on ESPN2. Should be a good game, hopefully Oakland can keep Woodside and Winkleman in check. Woodside hasn't really lit up the Grizzlies like he has other teams, and Jonathon Jones is definitely talented enough to outplay him. Kangas' injury will be big, the team definitely needs his outside shooting unless freshman like Kush and Maynard can step it up. I think if they can get the ball down low to Keith Benson early and he's hitting shots, they will be tough to beat. A big game from Will Hudson or Dan Waterstradt would go a long way to a tournament appearance.
On the other side of things, the women will be taking on the national ranked (#14) South Dakota State. Like the men in their match-up, they split their regular season meetings giving SDSU one of it's two losses. I can't sit hear and analyze the game, but I didn't catch any women's games this year.
I'm hoping it doesn't turn out like it did last time, with both teams getting sent home by Oral Roberts. We can't be getting sent home by the Dakota's, that's just not "whoa". I think at least one team will pull it out, my money is on the men.