We've seen the Cinderella teams make deep runs in the tournament and a lot of the time it's due to momentum pushing them.
"No longer do we have to explain what UMBC means and who we are, they know who we are", Yvette Mozie-Ross of UMBC enrollment management said.
Owen made his way to UMBC the following season. They were unable to get hands on balls for deflections and steals as players typically had done all season. The clock ticked for almost 3 1/2 minutes in the second half with the score 34-33.
"We just started jumping from bed to bed and hugging each other", Maura said. "We want guys that want to be great from a basketball perspective and want to play after college".
In so doing, UMBC (25-10) ended the No. 1 seed's reign of terror against No. 16 seeds at 135 wins. Two months ago, they lost 83 to 39 against UAlbany. "Then Coach Odom and his staff came in, we won 21 games and this year we had a tremendous season".
"Thank you, guys", Odom said. For the record, the lyrics go on to say, "One Shining Moment, you reached for the sky/ One Shining Moment, you were willing to try/ One Shining Moment".
Kansas State men's basketball is headed to the Sweet 16.
Virginia, playing without ACC sixth man of the year De'Andre Hunter, couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense - allowing only 53.4 points per game coming in - couldn't contain the American East Conference champions who won their conference tournament at the buzzer. His family was there to celebrate, waving a Puerto Rican flag and holding up a big cardboard cut-out of his face.
Maura is a diminutive point guard from Puerto Rico who also excels at volleyball. We've been hurting lately. "So obviously I think we changed some people's minds".
So what's next in UMBC's bag of tricks? The Wildcats disposed of Buffalo in the Round of 32 on Saturday night, defeating the Bulls 95-75 behind a monster game from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Blue Devils take on Syracuse on Friday, guaranteeing at least one ACC team in the Elite 8. Hall played only eight minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and finished with two points on 1-of-9 shooting.
The 6-5 sophomore from St. Louis was clutch as he rose over a crowd under the basket to slam home a dunk off a rebound and then he hit a jumper off the left baseline with 1:08 remaining to give Kansas State a 46-41 lead with 1:08 remaining.
The Retrievers sure didn't look like a fluke team in the second round. But if this tournament has taught us anything, it's that any team is capable of pulling out a W, no matter how big of an upset it seems.
So, for obvious reasons, the Titans weren't exactly a popular addition to the regional lineup when they took the floor, seemingly overmatched again by 11th-ranked San Francisco, which featured all-everything 7-foot center Bill Cartwright.