Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oakland Defeats #7 Tennessee 89-82

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies provided the country with a shocking upset tonight against the hottest team in the country. Many have argued that Tennessee is a top 3 team in the country, but nobody told Keith Benson and the other Golden Grizzlies that tonight. Benson led all scorers with 26 points, while also grabbing ten rebounds. He also made his first two three pointers of the season, making this 6-11 center an inside/outside threat.

Tennessee and Oakland battled throughout the first half, but the Volunteers went into the locker room at halftime with a 50-37 lead. Oakland started its comeback run with approximately 13 minutes left in the game. They finally grabbed the lead on a Will Hudson free throw with four and a half minutes left and didn't look back. This was a duel between two of the highest scoring teams in the country, as both came in averaging over 75 points a game. The offenses did not disappoint as both teams posted 50 point halves. Tennessee shot 44% from the field, while Oakland shot an astonishing 54%.

It's been a struggle so far for Oakland as they have played a tough schedule and have competed in every single game this season. They pick up their sixth win of the season, just days after losing to Michigan State by one point. Look for Oakland to not only win the Summit League, but provide a scare to a team in the NCAA tournament in March. This team is a tough out and will dominate a weak Summit League once again.

Tennessee will take a hit in the rankings, but will definitely be a team to watch for a possible Final Four run. They have already beaten Villanova and Pittsburgh on their non-conference schedule. Bruce Pearl's eight-game SEC suspension will start in just a few weeks, so this team is one that we will definitely keep an eye on.

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