UMBC pulling the greatest NCAA Tournament upset over No. 1 Virginia

UMBC pulling the greatest NCAA Tournament upset over No. 1 Virginia

March Madness is known for wild upsets and Cinderella stories, but if there's one match-up that the committee seems to always get right, it's the 16-seeds and the 1-seeds.

BOTTOM LINE: UMBC, which stands for University of Maryland, Baltimore County, won the American East Conference championship to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.

If you're like former President Barack Obama (whose still my president because I refuse to claim 45) and you picked Virginia to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, then you might as well throw the whole bracket away... because it's as good as trash now.

Virginia also was the nation's top-ranked team entering the Tournament. The 74 points ended up being the most that defensive-minded Virginia had allowed this year. Given that Bennet has never been beyond the Elite Eight with UVA in the NCAA tournament despite winning more than 70 percent of his games with the Cavaliers, particularly disgruntled fans may begin calling for him to be sacked. A corner 3-pointer and a layup off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48.

BC-BKC-NCAA-UMBC-Virginia-Capsule, 273No. 1 Virginia looks to smother No. 16 UMBC with defenseEds: APNewsNow. UMBC stretched the margin to 41-27 with 14:57 to play on 3-pointer by Lyles.

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Meanwhile, the doubts that people had about the No. 1 seed Cavaliers turned out to be true.

The score was tied at 21 going into the locker room, with Virginia scoring its fewest points in a first half this season. Top seeds have come close to losing their first games, but it never happened until Friday.

Kyle Guy (Guard) "I feel like we're actually a really deep team espically with De'Andre but now that he's not I feel that we're deep enough to make a run".

In 1998, the No. 16 seed Harvard women beat top-seeded Stanford on the Cardinal's home floor.

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