• Oakland’s O’rena Athletics Center is a smaller version of Fairmont’s Trent Arena and holds a quaint capacity of about 3,500. The university is located about 20 miles north of downtown Detroit off Interstate 75.
• Dunbar High School grad Ryan Bass played three seasons as a guard at Oakland before transferring to Dayton for his senior year of eligibility. He was immediately eligible as a graduate student transfer. However, his brief Flyers’ career was derailed after he was concussed in a game against Ole Miss during the 2014-15 season and didn’t play again.
• The WSU/Oakland series dates back to the 1970s when both teams were emerging NCAA D-II powers.
• WSU will be looking to return to Detroit for the Little Caesars Horizon League championships March 3-7 at historic Joe Louis Arena.
• Valparaiso has won four of the past five Horizon League regular-season titles and is favored to repeat. If that happens it’ll likely be because of the play of All-American Alec Peters. He was just one point shy of 2,000 career points going into Thursday’s game against visiting Chicago State and should soon crack the top 10 all-time league scorers.
• Oakland was playing its third game in four days and was coming off an impressive 86-79 defeat of visiting Georgia. Not counting Kentucky and Florida, Southeastern Conference men’s basketball doesn’t command the same notoriety as its other renowned sport, college football.
• Former Dayton assistant coach and Wittenberg head coach Dan Hipsher is Oakland’s associate head coach. He was a Flyers’ assistant under Don Donoher from 1981-89. His first head coaching position was at Witt from 1989-93.
Oakland assistant Drew Valentine is the older brother of former Michigan State All-American Denzel Valentine, now a rookie with the Chicago Bulls. Drew set several Oakland career records, finishing in the 2012-13 season.