December 20, 2012 in Division I
Eastern Michigan hosts Oakland University on Saturday in what should be an interesting matchup — Eastern as the school with a rich basketball history, Oakland as still a relatively new Division I program, but one with a much better immediate history than Eastern.
But the Eagles are showing some signs of life over the last two seasons, and Jeremy of EMU blog Eagle Totem thinks a win over Oakland on Saturday could be another positive step in Eastern reinvigorating some of that dormant basketball past:
- Eastern will play its most important non-conference game this week, against an in-state foe. Of course I am talking about the Oakland Grizzlies, who will visit the Convo this Saturday. Thursday night, I think the best we can hope for is a better showing against our cousins down the road than Western’s 73-41 drubbing earlier this month.
- In better days for EMU, in this case 1997, Earl Boykins and the Eagles ventured over to Ann Arbor and beat a Michigan team led by Louis Bullock and Tractor Traylor (RIP) by the score of 89-83. The hero of that game was the always underappreciated James Head, who hit a big three in the closing minutes to put a dagger in U-M’s hopes.
- In 1997 Oakland was a fledgling program, it would have been quite a leap of faith to believe Oakland would surpass EMU in hoops, but the evidence over the last decade is pretty clearly in Oakland’s favor. The game this Saturday is a nice opportunity to begin to change that.
Tip-off for Saturday’s game is 2 p.m. in Ypsilanti.