Maryland-Baltimore County stuns Virginia, becoming first No. 16 seed to win

The Retrievers played in only one NCAA Tournament game prior to Friday night. "So proud of these kids".

This was supposed to be a different year for Tony Bennett and Virginia when it comes to how they perform in the NCAA Tournament.

For context, the Cavs surrendered just 53.4 points per game and limited opponents to only 42.4 percent shooting from the field back in the regular season. Hall played a total of 28 minutes after playing 30 minutes or more in 20 of the previous 22 games. If Jairus Lyles can spearhead another incredible team performance, they could alter what it means to be a 16 seed. "It was just a special, special effort". Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points.

"It shows you anybody can beat anybody", said Virginia's sophomore guard Ty Jerome.

Jarron Cumberland set career highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds as Cincinnati recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half.

The underdogs should put up a great fight and keep the game competitive, but getting out to a big lead in the early second half for a second straight contest - which would be vital to another upset - may be too much to ask. This guy placed a $20,000 bet to win $870 when he risked it all on Purdue, North Carolina, and Virginia. Sidelined with a wrist injury, Hunter was UVA's best player on a rate basis, according to's Win Shares per 40 minutes. They had yet to give up 70 points in a game this season until UMBC went for 74.

Mustapha Heron scored 16 points for Auburn (26-7), which shot only 35.6 percent overall (21 of 59) and just 20.8 percent from 3-point range (5 of 24).

The score was tied at 21 going into the locker room, with Virginia scoring its fewest points in a first half this season. "I think we really felt that there was no way we're not going to win this game". They were hitting shots and we were off today.

Maura said. "I went to Coach [Ryan Odom] and said, 'I told you'". I play for them, especially after what happened with the hurricane. "Tying it up with them at halftime definitely gave us more confidence". They did a heck of a job.

"K.J. and Jarius are very, very good in transition and we're hard to matchup with when the guys are sprinting it up the court", said Odom, "He's a little wizard with the ball and finding guys, and our guys are in sync right now".

Next up: UMBC will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round. A week ago, we're cutting down the nets and confetti is falling.

This is what was feared about Virginia, the ACC regular-season and tournament champion.

Virginia's historic basketball loss is America's gain. Prior to today, the largest margin of defeat for a top three seed in a first round game was by 14 points.

But hey, next year we won't waste time carefully choosing each victor. Our spacing was tremendous and we were able to get some shots off in transition that would not normally happen if we didn't get stops. And then on the other side, there will be blame and people pointing that out.

It only got worse for another guy who also had a three-team parlay, but Wichita State didn't do their part and this guy lost big. "Because it was a remarkable season, but we got thoroughly outplayed and that's the reality of it".

  • Stacy Allen