OU hoops declines postseason bids; will host Thanksgiving tournament

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Joining Greg Kampe's Oakland team for the hoops showcase will be James Madison from the Colonial Athletic Conference, old rival Oral Roberts from the Summit League and Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference.

There’s no place like home for the holidays.

And the Oakland men’s basketball team will be staying in Rochester for Thanksgiving Day weekend, hosting a tournament.

Joining Oakland for the hoops showcase will be James Madison from the Colonial Athletic Conference, old rival Oral Roberts from the Summit League and Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference.

Oakland last hosted a tournament over Thanksgiving Day weekend in 2014.

Oakland was 19-14 this season, which ended in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament at Little Caesars Arena with a 44-43 loss to Cleveland State. Despite being invited to multiple second-tier postseason tournaments, including the CBI and CollegeInsider.com, Oakland declined because of an injury-depleted roster and budget considerations.

This past season, James Madison was 10-22, Oral Roberts 11-21 and Northern Illinois 13-19.

Oakland has never played James Madison before; it is 0-2 all-time against Northern Illinois; and 18-14 all-time against Oral Roberts.

The Golden Grizzlies’ complete nonconference schedule for 2018-19 still is being pieced together, though it is known they play at Michigan State in the last year of a multi-year contract that might not be renewed beyond 2018 with the Big Ten expanding to a 20-game conference schedule.

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