UMBC etches name in sports lore, routs top seed Virginia

NCAA tournament 2018 UMBC basketball

No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament were 135-0.

The mood in the Virginia locker room was exactly what you might expect less than 20 minutes after the team's historic upset loss at the hands of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night at the Spectrum Center - the first time in NCAA Tournament history a No. 16 seed knocked off No. 1.

All of which is to say, if anyone claims they picked against Virginia in their tournament pool, you should feel comfortable not believing them. On offence, they play a half-court game that often does not yield a field-goal attempt until less than ten seconds remain on the 35-second shot clock; defensively, they rarely make gambles that risk yielding a quick, easy basket for their opponents. UMBC scored 53 points in the second half - 1 point shy of how many Virginia scored in the entire game.

UMBC faces a tough Kansas State bunch, which dominated Creighton much of the way in a 69-59 win on Friday.

But that didn't stop one reporter from asking Virginia's Ty Jerome if he was aware of that historic fact after he had just lost in the tournament.

"We were talking about it before the game, just trying to go out here and make history, doing it for our program, our teammates, our coaching staff", Lyles said.

Odom earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hampden-Sydney in 1996 and was a four-year starting point guard.

UMBC's game plan flows through a lineup with 6-foot-6 Joe Sherburne as one of the biggest players on the floor.

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. "I am confident that Ryan will move us towards a more comprehensive level of success".

Over on the women's side, that Mississippi State last-second win over UConn in last spring's Final Four is way up there.

After Gerrity's comparison of the win against UVA feeling like a Victory Royale in Fortnite, the UMBC player dials it back a bit by treating the situation with a little more integrity.

UMBC was a school better known for it's powerhouse chess teams. Virginia had surrendered only 54.3 points per game this season, the fewest in the nation.

The NCAA distributes a portion of NCAA Tournament revenue through the Basketball Fund, a multimillion pool made up of units. "Their guys were really quick, their bigs were running out there setting a lot of screens and we were just a step behind". They knew they weren't going to get better looks against Virginia's pack-line by waiting.

The two teams played even through the first half.

- It finally happened - a No. 16 seed ousting a No. 1 in March Madness. And with Epic Games having now made Fortnite Battle Royale mobile on iOS devices, it's likely that the excitement surrounding the title won't be dying down any time soon. I think they're strong character guys.

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