The Retrievers needed a buzzer-beating 3 against Vermont to win their conference title and make the NCAA Tournament, but they showed up believing they could beat Virginia, and the same about Kansas State. Those four letters are now synonymous with the biggest upset in college basketball history, but it's a long way from becoming a basketball school. For the first time ever a 16 seeded defeated a one seed.
UMBC's brief, but historic run ended with a 50-43 loss to ninth seeded Kansas State on Sunday night. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in March Madness, a victory over Virginia that made the Retrievers the ultimate Cinderella. After pulling off an all-time sports stunner, the Retrievers ran out of magic against the Wildcats.
"I'm proud of my guys, man, " UMBC senior guard Jourdan Grant said.
"I hate for this team, the way they played to lose like this, but for Devon and Isaiah to go out like that", Bennett said. These guys love to play this game. The players hugged at midcourt.
Xavier Sneed isn't known as a clutch scorer, but he came through for the Wildcats when it mattered most against UMBC.
Even before they were vanquished by UMBC, the 2018 Virginia Cavaliers weren't in that class.
K-State guard Barry Brown led the way by scoring 18 points and playing stellar defense again on the perimeter against UMBC guards. The team's defense kept the game close, holding Kansas Sate to 1-for-12 from 3-point range. Not only did the University of Maryland-Baltimore County become the first men's No. 16 seed to win a game, but it also almost doubled down on its lucky number and became the first one to reach the Sweet 16. For years, the biggest upset in college basketball was considered to have taken place on December 23, 1982, when the team from the lower-division Chaminade University beat Virginia in front of thirty-three hundred fans in Honolulu. There were other UMBC obstacles too, such as shooting a awful 29.8 percent from the field, missing half its free-throw attempts and giving up 13 steals to Kansas State's pickpockets.
"This is unreal. I'm still in disbelief that UMBC won", said Nick Kelly, a UMBC economics professor. "It allowed the world to see who we are as an institution", Mozie-Ross said.
Haas warmed up before the game but wasn't using his injured arm much, and an official said a few minutes before tipoff that the brace Haas was wearing hadn't been approved for competition.
Maura, who is listed at a generous 5-foot-8 and is a pest on the defensive end, once drew two charges against Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins when they were in high school, according to the Baltimore Sun. "We gave hope to smaller seeds".
Maybe the Spectrum Center was just done giving up upsets.
Makol Mawien added 11 points. Even after a hefty boost to UMBC's rating, FiveThirtyEight, a statistical website, gives them just a 28% chance of victory against Kansas State, and less than a 1% shot at reaching the final four. "Maura has acknowledged that no matter what the various programs and rosters say, he's only 5'7" "on a good day" and about 132 pounds. Hall made a move in the paint, then hit the winning basket.
"We all wanted to be in the "One Shining Moment" video", Sherburne said. UMBC then erupted for 53 second-half points, 24 by Lyles, while the Retrievers held Virginia to just 33 second-half points. Kansas State missed all eight of its 3-point attempts.