Oakland at Green Bay, 7:00 PM Eastern, ESPNU
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Tonight’s key game is a huge AFC-NFC matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers from the frozen tundra of Lambeau . . . Tonight’s Under the Radar Game of the Day is a key battle in the Horizon League between the Oakland (Mich.) Golden Grizzlies and the Green Bay Phoenix. Entering play tonight, Oakland sits one game behind Valparaiso in the battle for the regular season championship and top seed in the conference tournament, and would hold the tiebreaker over the Crusaders by virtue of sweeping them in the regular season. Green Bay is one game further back, but still in striking distance of at least picking up the 2 seed, especially with a win in hand against Oakland already. With Valpo having a pair of tough road tests left this weekend (at Wright State tonight and at Northern Kentucky on Sunday), it is even still possible for the Phoenix to capture the top seed.
Oakland is currently 22-7 overall and has won seven straight games. Martez Walker has been a key to the run, including a 23 point effort in a home win over Valpo last week. Green Bay sits at 17-11 overall. The Phoenix started conference play 5-0, but have only gone 6-5 since then. Charles Cooper had a huge game earlier this week in a win over Illinois-Chicago, when he scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. These two teams are both looking to enter the conference tournament with momentum, and with only one regular season game left after tonight, the winner of this game has a great chance to be playing for an NCAA Tournament bid in the conference title game on March 7.