Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
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UMBC makes history defeating Virginia in NCAA tournament Video

UMBC makes history defeating Virginia in NCAA tournament Video

Virginia entered the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition. In what was the first appearance for the Hampton Pirates in the NCAA Tournament in their history, they defeated the No. 2 seed Iowa State Cyclones, 58-57.

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

The Retrievers rode the inspiring performance of Jairus Lyles (who's parents both graduated from UVA!), who scored 28 points and sliced the vaunted UVA defense apart in the second half, in which his team scored 53 points, the same amount that the Cavaliers had been giving up per game this season.

Virginia's offense looked out of sorts from the opening tip, and when UMBC got hot to open the second half, it completely unraveled. Maura said. "I went to Coach [Ryan Odom] and said, 'I told you'". This was the first mid-major double-digit seed - i.e. a traditional Cinderella - to make the Final Four, and this was the game that put it there.

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

If I were a betting man (and I am), I would bet this is going to be the most common sports conversation all of us have for the rest of our lives.

So how do you top winning your conference tournament on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer?

For an athletics department with an annual budget just over $9 million, that $364,000 payday (or more if the conference awards them more than an equal one-ninth cut) is a huge amount of money.

By the time Arkel Lamar made a 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the game, UMBC led, 61-44, and had the crowd cheering wildly in anticipation of the Retrievers completing a remarkable feat reminiscent of another ignominious Virginia loss. They're a really good team too.

Virginia will be remembered as the first of 136 to lose a 1-16 matchup, but the Cavaliers made it apparent how prepared and skilled UMBC had been.

Second-year coach Ryan Odom last year earned the Joe B. Hall award, given each year to the best first-year coach in Division I, according to UMBC athletics.

While Graham is exceptional involving teammates, averaging 7.4 assists, he took on the scoring load against Penn after Kansas trailed by 10 in the first half. "We have another big challenge ahead of us on Sunday".

"We just went out there trying to get a win, which is what we've been doing all year, and somewhere in the game we just got lost and we lost our head".

"It's like your first Fortnite victory, honestly", Nolan Gerrity said in an interview recorded by Mark Armstrong of WTVD-TV in Durham, N.C., referencing the mega-popular video game that's caught the attention of rapper Drake and Pittsburgh Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. "They went small and we just didn't do the job". It's the only other time a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the men's or women's NCAA Tournament. I think they're strong character guys.

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