SITM: Oakland's Greg Kampe; Michigan vs. Purdue, Michigan State vs. Illinois

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The A2i Wheel and Tire Guestline presents Oakland Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe during this episode of Sports in the Mitten with Adam Biggers and John Gustin.

This past Monday, Oakland suffered a “disheartening” 100-98 loss to Youngstown State at the O’Rena in Rochester Hills. Kampe said that such losses can be detrimental to a championship run. His Grizzlies host Horizon League-favorite Valparaiso on Friday. It’s an important game, both for league-title aspirations and NCAA Tournament-related hopes.

Michigan State hosts Illinois at the Breslin Center on Thursday. Adam and John preview that matchup before discussing Michigan vs. Purdue. On Wednesday, Wolverines coach John Beilein said that he’s not confident in his bigs’ ability to bang with Purdue’s trio of A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan.

But they’ll have to learn one way or another before playing Maryland and Iowa.

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