No. 1 seed Virginia suffers historical loss to Maryland-Baltimore County

Mar 18, 2018, 01:19
No. 1 seed Virginia suffers historical loss to Maryland-Baltimore County

"That was not even close". 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.

In the postgame press conference, head coach Tony Bennett kept it straight forward when asked how he views his team's season.

Before his time in Charlotte, Odom was on Virginia Tech's coaching staff for seven years part of a team that went to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and defeated IL in the first round.

If the satisfaction of a 16-seed defeating a 1-seed isn't enough for you; how about free pizza?

"It's the first time it's happened but this was a possibility", Bennett said.

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Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows the University of Virginia's operating budget for its athletic department is about $92.7 million compared to UMBC's at about $12.9 million. "We were all in the locker room singing the first line, because that's all we know, but I think we're going to have to learn the rest of the song, too". "But, certainly doesn't take away the happiness that I have for these guys right here". Statistical models tend to give 16-seeds anywhere from a 1% to a 5% chance of pulling off such an upset, depending on the relative strength of the teams.

Virginia would set screens continually hoping to exploit mismatches but were unable to get many open looks.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

Lyles is a graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and attended camp at Virginia. Lyles was fouled on a three-point attempts and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16. Not simply the fact that Virginia, the overall number one seed in the tournament, lost to UMBC, the overall worst 16 seed in the tournament, but that they got blown out, losing by twenty points.

One reporter chose to ask the Cavaliers' Ty Jerome was about the momentous occasion after the game.

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Are we seeing a true Cinderella born, or was this just an unbelievable one time thing.

Last season, he garnered America East second-team recognition and was the Retrievers' co-Most Valuable Athlete. Maybe we'll be the only No. 1 seed to ever lose. I take so much joy in watching them smile, not just at the end there, but throughout the game.

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.

No one could have predicted how easily the Retrievers would handle the Cavaliers. The rest of the team was 10-for-29, including an 0-for-9 outing by fifth-year guard Devon Hall, who was 0-for-6 on 3-pointers. "He changed the culture and won more games this season than the program had won in the previous three seasons combined".

Fellow veteran Isaiah Wilkins fouled out in 24 minutes. It left the Cavaliers shattered.

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