Team preview: Oakland

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 19, 2006, 2:09 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

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 [2005] 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."

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