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No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia in NCAA upset

No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia in NCAA upset

On the other end of this historic upset was the University of Virginia, who was ranked as the best team in the tournament, and thus a favorite to win the whole thing.

This wasn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed.

University of Virginia head basketball coach Tony Bennett gave full credit to the UMBC Retrievers, who became the first No. 16-seeded men's team to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a stunningly easy 74-54 blowout victory Friday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

But UMBC came out firing to start the second half, building a 16-point lead and they never looked back.

The score was tied at 21 going into the locker room, with Virginia scoring its fewest points in a first half this season.

"I don't know if I've consistently seen anybody play better for us than what he has", said the Jayhawks' 15th-year coach.

Not in the shadows of the regular season, but the bright lights of the NCAA Tournament, and the last session of the first round - just when we were ready to move the slate to 0-136 and say goodbye to the 16-seeds for another year. It was the first time this season Virginia allowed more than 68 points in a game.

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Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, someone forgot to tell the retrievers of UMBC that they were just supposed to be happy to play in the tournament.

Lyles was one of four UMBC players in double figures, along with Sherburne, 5-foot-8 point guard K.J. Maura and 6-5 sophomore Arkel Markel, who had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). "Kansas State won, right?"

Kudos to coach Odom and his team not only for making history but most importantly for staying poised at that moment. For its men's athletic teams, Virginia has about $1.16 million compared to UMBC's at $90,964.

Odom also completed his career as the program's all-time leader in 3-pointers made and finished fourth in assists, reported UMBC athletics. NEVER. That was until Friday when UMBC shocked the world by not only beating the top seeded Virginia Cavaliers, but dominating the game and blowing them out in the process. The Virginia-UMBC matchup, however, was a poor fit for the "weak one/strong 16" paradigm. "We have another big challenge ahead of us on Sunday". If Hampton's win as a No. 15 seed was due given the amount of time since the previous one, then this Norfolk State win was long overdue.

Instead, an under-seeded Michigan State team took down the Cavaliers in the Sweet 16 in New York City. I did have Maryland-Baltimore Country plus 22 points - in this week's Point Spread Weekly online magazine, I wrote "big points with low total make this a fairly strong lean" - but even I didn't even consider a money-line wager. There are NBA players who lack less composure than the UMBC Men's basketball team displayed in Charlotte, NC Friday night.

"I'm just going to keep playing the same way I've been playing all year, stay in attack mode", Graham said.


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