Every season there are a select group of teams that epitomizes the term "I wouldn't want to play that team in March".
You can add the University of Oakland to that list. By now everyone knows that the Grizzlies zapped Tobias Harris and No.7 Tennessee, 89-82, on Tuesday night.
People are already calling it the upset of the season. Whether or not it's the upset of the season remains to be seen, but Oakland (6-5) is one of those teams that could cause some serious headaches in March.
But this goes farther than Oakland's upset of the Volunteers. The Grizzlies lost an absolute nailbiter, 77-76, to Michigan State last Saturday. A few days before that Oakland fell, 74-63, to No.17 Illinois. The Grizzlies held a 28-24 lead at the half.
But Oakland hasn't been satisfied with near misses.
"You play to win. You don't play to have hard-fought games," Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe said. "We're proud of the [Michigan State] game, but we needed to win that game."
It all starts with senior forward Keith Benson. A prolific stat-page filler, Benson is averaging 18.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. Benson had 26 points and 10 rebounds against Tennessee.
Fellow forward Will Hudson has been the perfect complement to Benson. Hudson (13.3 ppg, 7 reb) had 17 points and nine boards against the Volunteers.
Next his all-everything point guard Reggie Hamilton, who's shooting nearly 40 percent from three-point range.
The road to respectability isn't over for Oakland. The Grizzlies, who are 2-0 in Summit League play, still have games at Michigan and Ohio State over the next two weeks.
Pay attention people, this a team that could really be a factor in March.
Oakland won the Summit League tournament and fell to Pitt, 89-66, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kampe said: "Any mid-major, any team that's trying to become great like we're trying to become can go play a big boy and play them good. Any team can do that. But when you go to Purdue and play them, and then you turn around and go to Illinois and play them and you play Michigan State and play them, and you do that over and over again, that's the sign of a program that's on its way."