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Oakland's Keith Benson (left) returns for his second consecutive NCAA tournament.
Last year, Oakland found itself on the wrong end of a first-round drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Golden Grizzlies return to the tournament this year as a 13-seed, facing the Texas Longhorns.
Last year's experience could serve Oakland well. Of the five players getting the most minutes for the Golden Grizzlies, four are upperclassmen that played on that tournament team last year.
The biggest thing the Golden Grizzlies have going for them, however, is that they can shoot the lights out.
As a team, Oakland shoots nearly 56 percent on its two-point field goals. The team is third nationally in eFG% and 13th in overall offensive efficiency.
Texas comes into the tournament as perhaps the strongest defensive team in the country, ranking first in defensive eFG% and defensive efficiency. If there's one team that may be able to break through that tough shell, it's Oakland.
Though it's all but certain that not all five of these teams will advance to the second round, there's a strong chance that one or more could shock as this year's Cinderella wonder.