UMBC Basketball: Retrieving history with a bite out of a one-seed

And if you're only hearing about No. 16 Maryland-Baltimore County's 74-54 win over No. 1 Virginia on Friday night by reading this, you really missed out in watching what is arguably the most shocking upset ever.

But who steers this ship? "They played well and we did not". UMBC stretched the margin to 41-27 with 14:57 to play on 3-pointer by Lyles. Not only did they defeat the Virginia Cavaliers, they thrashed them, 74-54 as the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed never even had a chance. The school's top ranked team lost a regular season game to lowly NAIA team Chaminade in 1982. UMBC never trailed after half-time.

Before the tournament started, Caesars Palace took three bets on UMBC to win the tournament at 5,000-1 odds.

"Well first, hats off to Coach Odom and his staff at UMBC". "He has laid the foundation this year for sustained success".

The number marks the number of teams in Division I men's basketball.

Which brings this conversation to UMBC Athletics' Twitter account. Sidelined with a wrist injury, Hunter was UVA's best player on a rate basis, according to's Win Shares per 40 minutes.

Odom was the head men's basketball coach for the 2015-16 season at Lenoir-Rhyne (North Carolina) University.

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To provide some context, while this is the first time that a No. 16 upset a No. 1 seed, it isn't the biggest upset in March Madness history in terms of the betting odds. Going into the game, Virginia hadn't allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field all season, against a schedule that consisted of many hard opponents. During that time, the 49ers earned a bid to the NIT, in 2013.

UMBC wasn't the only team to pull off a big upset on Friday. "I'm so sad that we're done with this group because they did everything I asked". I was concerned with a four-guard or four-perimeter offense heading into this. His senior season, he was a team captain his senior season and guided Hampden-Sydney to an 80-30 record during his playing career.

With Virginia's loss, teams favored by 20 or more in the NCAA tournament are 155-3 straight up since 1985. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead. That enabled him to compete athletically for his fourth year. Kansas State can use its collective length to control the glass - something Virginia failed to do, getting badly out-rebounded at 33-22 - and the Wildcats should be able to close out effectively on UMBC's dribble-drive kick-out for 3-point attempts.

"I think we kind of all wanted to be in the "One Shining Moment" video", junior forward Joe Sherburne said, referencing CBS's annual post-tournament highlight montage.

Last season, he garnered America East second-team recognition and was the Retrievers' co-Most Valuable Athlete.

After the two teams traded blows for three minutes, the Retrievers continued to grow their lead to 17.

Virginia had no idea how to handle UMBC's pressure, settling for terrible outside shots and refusing to attack the rim with the aggression needed.

  • Tabitha Byrd