Team preview: Oakland
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
When you want the bottom line, Greg Kampe's the guy to go to in the Mid-Continent Conference. He'll even give it to you when it's about his own team.
"It was the worst season we've had in the 20-some seasons I've been here," he said. "We graduated two pros from that  NCAA team. I don't mean two NBA players. But you've got one [Indiana Pacer Rawle Marshall] in the NBA and the other [Cortney Scott] playing in Europe."
A year after hitting a last-second shot to upset the top seed in the MCC Tournament to earn the right to face the eventual national champion in the NCAA Tournament, Oakland was in a rebuilding mode in 2006-07.
But the rebuilding didn't occur right away, with transfers entering at semester break. That situation is one Kampe had never put himself in -- and said he won't ever again.
"We thought things were going pretty well when we started 4-1," said Kampe, who's 10th in tenure among Division I coaches. "But our young team didn't handle our difficult schedule. We then brought in two transfers at mid-semester. It just didn't work out."
Mid-Con opponents shot 45.6 percent on three-pointers last year. That simple fact could have had something to do with the Golden Grizzlies' demise during a six-win conference campaign.
"We really struggled defensively," Kampe said. "Teams shot the ball extremely well against us. Our perimeter defense, three-point-wise, was 45 percent. I've never heard of anything like it."