The Stanford basketball team -- the men's team -- is two wins from the Final Four.
Let that sink in for a minute.
The 10th-seeded Cardinal, which must beat No. 11 Dayton on Thursday and then either Florida or UCLA on Saturday, is participating in the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years.
It finished the regular season with a blowout loss to UCLA and was one of the last 10 teams invited to the tournament.
But after eliminating New Mexico and Kansas, the Cardinal has become one of those teams -- low seeds that get hot, catch a break, bust brackets and find themselves on the brink of college basketball's grand stage.
Were Stanford in any other region, the challenge ahead would be daunting. The Sweet 16 teams in the East, West and Midwest are too talented, the matchups all wrong. (As we see time and again, matchups are more important than seeds once the madness begins.)
The South, on the other hand, provides Stanford with a manageable road to the national semifinals in Arlington, Texas.
It could happen, folks. It really could.
The Cardinal has a veteran team, with two seniors, two redshirt juniors and a true junior in the starting lineup. It also possesses a huge, versatile frontline and more talent than casual observers might think.
Stanford had two players voted first-team all-Pac-12 (forward Dwight Powell and guard Chasson Randle). The only other teams that can make that claim are Arizona, the No. 1 seed in the West, and UCLA, the No. 4 in the South.
In addition, Cardinal forward Josh Huestis was named to the all-defensive team for the second year in a row, and wing Anthony Brown was voted the league's most improved player after missing 2012-13 with an injury.
Pac-12 coaches were well aware of Stanford's talent. The vexing issue for the Cardinal and its fans in recent years was the disconnect between raw ability and results.
Stanford's late-season stumble (four losses in its last seven games) actually worked in its favor. Instead of being a No. 8 or 9 seed in the same pod as a No. 1, it was awarded a No. 10 and grouped with a vulnerable No. 2, Kansas.
To its credit, the Cardinal took advantage -- first by out-slogging New Mexico and then by confounding the young Jayhawks, who were without the nation's most dominant center, Joel Embiid.
Now the veteran team with talented pieces has coalesced at just the right time in just the right region.
Dayton is not to be overlooked; it toppled OhioState and Syracuse, after all. But the Flyers don't have the size to match Stanford up front or the elite playmakers to score consistently against the Cardinal's rangy defense.
If Stanford handles Dayton's pressure, it should advance to the Elite Eight.
What happens next?
The Cardinal knows it can beat the Bruins because it did so a month ago in Maples Pavilion. But the two games away from home did not go well: Stanford lost by 17 at UCLA and by 25 in the Pac-12 tournament.
Its best hope might be to catch the Bruins in an elated, post-Florida frame of mind in which they assume victory over the Cardinal, failing to realize Stanford isn't the same team it was just a few weeks ago.
(That's not an unreasonable scenario, by the way: UCLA has left its sense of urgency on the bus several times this season, most recently in an 18-point loss to WashingtonState a few weeks ago.)
Florida hasn't lost since early December and is the tournament's No. 1 overall seed because of its balance and efficiency on both ends of the court.
But the Gators aren't particularly big, they aren't loaded with NBA talent, and they don't play the frenetic style of defense that befuddles Stanford.
Either way -- whether it's Florida or UCLA -- the Cardinal's road to the Final Four is difficult but hardly treacherous.