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Assigned Reading: Oakland’s Tommy McCune has overcome a lot while showing flashes of great play

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Oakland forward Tommy McCune could have quit on basketball a number of different times over the course of his life, but the former West Virginia transfer has remained tough through all of the battles as he goes into this season with a particularly heavy heart.

In a tremendous read from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, McCune goes through the relationship he had with his mother, who passed away this offseason after a battle with cancer. McCune dealt with a lot of hardship during his childhood in Saginaw, Michigan and relied a lot on his mother to guide him through the difficult times.

But as Snyder details in the story, McCune is moving on and finding success despite the loss of the person that meant the most to him. Without spoiling too much of the story, I encourage you to give this a read and see how strong McCune is as a person by staying in school and with the Oakland program.

You can read the full story here.

Oakland lands Iowa State transfer Percy Gibson

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Oakland landed another high-major transfer late this week when former Iowa State big man Percy Gibson opted to transfer to the Grizzlies, according to his Twitter.

A native of Detroit, Gibson is moving closer to home as the rising-senior played in 14 games in 2013-14 and averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. The forward played his high school ball at Detroit Southeastern High School.

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward averaged double-figure minutes during his freshman and sophomore seasons in Ames, but saw his minutes decline last season as he looks to finish out his career in the Horizon League.

Gibson becomes another high-major transfer to move to the Grizzlies this offseason after former St. John’s wing Max Hooper transferred there earlier this offseason.

Oakland struggled to a 13-20 season and 7-9 finish in the Horizon League last season as Greg Kampe’s ballclub didn’t make a major impact in their new league despite having college basketball’s all-time leading three-point shooter in Travis Bader.

Bader has graduated and moved on and now Kampe will need to figure out a new go-to scorer for next season.

March Madness has arrived (VIDEOS)

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The Madness has officially arrived!

Can you feel it in the air? I know Marquette can. They lost one of the wilder games you’ll ever see, dropping a double-overtime game to Providence that featured clutch shots, dumb fouls and a 75-foot buzzer-beater that didn’t actually beat any buzzers.

That wasn’t the wackiest finish of the night, however.

Lipscomb and East Tennessee State went to double-overtime as well. Khion Sankey, who forced the second extra frame with a three with 17 seconds left, put the Bisons up 88-86, but ETSU tied it up on two free throws by Lester Wilson. That’s when things got wild:

That’s Josh Williams, a freshman guard from Lipscomb, fouling A.J. Merriweather with 1.5 seconds left in a tie game. Brutal. Did I mention that game was in the opening round of the Atlantic Sun tournament?

That’s not the only foul call that changed a game, either.

In the Horizon League tournament, the No. 6 seed Oakland Grizzlies survived and advanced past Youngstown State, but it took a little bit of magic. Travis Bader scored five of his 39 points in the final three seconds of regulation to force the extra frame. After a Kendrick Perry free throw put the Penguins up 80-76, Bader hit a three to cut the lead to one. Oakland fouled Ryan Weber with 0.6 seconds left, and Weber missed the first and hit the second, setting up this final play (jump ahead to the 1:57 mark):

I’ve seen that play run hundreds, if not thousands of times. I’ve never once seen the player setting the screen get the call. Kampe’s gotten it before, working his magic against Oral Roberts in one of their Summit League clashes, because he warned the refs about what he was having his player do.

“I go, ‘You got to call it now if he runs him over,'” Kampe told reporters after the game. “He goes, ‘If he runs him over, Bader goes down and he goes down on top of him, I’ll call it.'”

March is here, baby.

Hope you’ve got your seatbelt on.