The Retrievers made history.
Tasked with No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the Cavaliers with a 74-54 upset. The win marked the first time in tournament history that the 16th-seeded team knocked off the top-seeded team.
Virginia’s calling card long had been its defense, but it simply had no answer for the Retrievers’ fast-paced offense, which shot 26-for-48 from the field, hitting 12 of their 24 3-point attempts. UMBC senior guard Jarius Lyles simply ran over Virginia — who entered the game 31-2 — dropping 28 points and cruising into the lane with ease.
Because of the Retrievers’ performance on offense, it, in turn, exposed Virginia’s underwhelming offense that had been masked all season by lockdown efforts on the defensive end.
So just how historic was the win? Take a look at this:
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On top of that, as it became quite real that UMBC had a chance of winning, the individual running their Twitter account had one heck of a time providing hilarious updates.
Good for UMBC, who now will face No. 9 Kansas State in the Round of 32.
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