Oakland University may be considered a mid-major in college basketball, but the Golden Grizzlies have shown in the last year that they can't be taken lightly. A year ago, Oakland went down to Tennessee and upset the then No. 7 Volunteers by a score of 89-82. The Grizzlies also gave a scare to Michigan State and were a popular upset pick in the 2011 NCAA tournament.
This year, Oakland is already off to a solid start. The Grizzlies dropped their first two games of the season on the road to Alabama and Arkansas, but they have rebounded with four wins in a row. The fourth win in that streak came on Monday night against Tennessee. Just like last year, Oakland won a high-scoring game against the Vols, except this time it came at home in the Athletics Center O'Rena.
Reggie Hamilton led Oakland to its 89-81 victory over Tennessee on Monday. He scored 35 points and grabbed six boards. He shot 15-of-15 from the free throw line during the game.
Other double-digit scorers for Oakland included former Michigan player Laval Lucas-Perry (14 points), Drew Valentine (15 points) and Travis Bader (13 points).
The Grizzlies have three winnable games coming up before they take on Michigan at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Just like last year against MSU at the Palace, an upset seems possible, so Michigan will have to bring its "A" game to hold off the surging Grizzlies.