2018.03.17 Umbc March Madness

March 17, 2018
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March Madness

“Shock and awe in college basketball. UMBC makes history.”

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports call at the end of the game: #16 UMBC upsets #1 Virginia (74-54).


The Greatest Upset in College Basketball?

16 seeds were 0-135 all-time against #1 seeds until Friday.

Translation: In the history of the NCAA Men’s college basketball tournament (79 yrs), no team has ever beat a #1 team in the first round.

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Cinderella’s Stats

  • UMBC =A University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Enrollment: 13,662
  • Mascot: The Retrievers
  • Colors: Black & Gold
  • Only previous appearances in the NCAA tournament were 1979, 1980 & 2008
  • CBS Sports jokes UMBC stands for “U Must Be Cinderella”

Impressive Performance

UMBC jumped out early & never trailed Virginia in the 2nd half.

Stunning not only that they won, but how certain the outcome was for the last 15 mins of the game.

At 11:06ET UMBC’s website crashed.

@UMBCAthletics gained 13K Twitter followers in last 2 mins of game.

This may be the first for the men, but a women's college team did this 20 years ago. Find out who here.

  • Virginia becomes first No. 1 seed to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament in an upset by UMBC: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/no-16-seed-umbc-beats-no-1-virginia-in-biggest-ncaa-tournament-upset-of-all-time/
  • Everything you need to know about UMBC: https://about.umbc.edu
  • The closest a 16-seed came to an upset in previous years was Princeton falling to Georgetown, 50-49, and East Tennessee State losing to Oklahoma, 72-71, both in 1989.A [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/03/16/virginia-becomes-first-no-1-seed-to-lose-in-the-first-round-of-the-ncaa-tournament-in-an-upset-by-umbc/?utmterm=.042055079304&wpisrc=alnewsalert-sports–alert-national&wpmk=1](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/03/16/virginia-becomes-first-no-1-seed-to-lose-in-the-first-round-of-the-ncaa-tournament-in-an-upset-by-umbc/?utmterm=.042055079304&wpisrc=alnewsalert-sports–alert-national&wpmk=1)
  • No. 16 upset over No. 1 is nothing new for the Harvard women’s team: http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?id=3300407

by Jenna Lee,