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Did UMBC Pull Off the Greatest Upset in College Sports History?

Did UMBC Pull Off the Greatest Upset in College Sports History?”

Virginia entered the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition. The NCAA tournament is divided into four regions, each containing 16 colleges seeded based on their expected strength.

16 seed, managed to pull off the biggest upset in the almost 80-year history of the NCAA tournament, by not only defeating, but SLAUGHTERING No. 1 seed University of Virginia in the tourney's first round, practically ruining 99.9% of everyone's brackets.

All of which is to say, if anyone claims they picked against Virginia in their tournament pool, you should feel comfortable not believing them.

Last season, he garnered America East second-team recognition and was the Retrievers' co-Most Valuable Athlete. While many assumed the score was just a fluke and Virginia would come out with a vengeance in the second half that wasn't the case.

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County has only been around as a school for just over 50 years, built on the site of a former orphan's home.

"If you play this game and step into the arena, stuff like this can happen", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "Once we saw that No. 16 seed we knew we had a chance to make history".

"These guys have passion, these guys love to play this game", Odom said.

Senior point guard Devonte' Graham was sensational in a first-round win over Penn, posting 29 points, six rebounds and six assists to wake up the slow-starting Jayhawks. If you don't come to play you're gonna be beat.

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Following that win by Hampton over Iowa State in the No. 10 slot, we would not see another 15-seeded team take out a No. 2 seed until 2012 when the Norfolk State Spartans, champions of the MEAC, narrowly downed the Missouri Tigers, 86-84.

They are why, despite the sport's growing list of unseemly, unsolvable problems, there is so much worth saving.

Before Friday night, UMBC was better known for making runs at a different Final Four - in college chess.

So how did a team that starts a 5-foot-8, 140-pound point guard and lost by 44 points earlier this season to Albany, beat the No. 1 team in country? But as anyone from the Stanford camp will remind you in about 10 seconds, the Cardinal lost two key starters to knee injuries just days before the game. However, two stats do stand out, and tell the story of both UMBC's road to the NCAA Tournament, as well as its historic win.

Joe Sherburne, who had 14 points, was huge early in the second half and made believers out of everyone.

It's going to be a long offseason for Virginia.

It's interesting to note that since the NCAA field expanded to include No. 16 seeds, they were 0-135 heading into Friday night, so payoffs of 20-1 or even 25-1 seem to be far from offering true odds on this unlikely event happening. "But, certainly it doesn't take away from the happiness that I have for our guys".



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