UMBC was welcomed back to campus like heroes after Cinderella run

Lula Sharp
March 21, 2018

On social media and several television platforms, there were immediate judgments that because a 16 seed had conquered a 1 for the first time - and because a 20½-point underdog prevailed by 20 points - it had to be considered the most prominent upset in NCAA Tournament or even college basketball history.

Arkel Lamer made a 3-pointer from the corner with 3 1/2 minutes left to put UMBC up by 17, then backpedaled down the court with his tongue hanging out. Before Friday night's game, No. 1 seeds in the men's tournament had a record of 135-0 against No. 16s, making this particular scenario one of the last frontiers of dreamed-about sports surprises-the holdout after almost all the old records had fallen and the 1980 US hockey team, the Red Sox, and the Cubs had delivered miracles and ended curses.

The Kansas State Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16, in the NCAA Tournament, with a win over 16-seeded UMBC, 50 to 43. "It's always exciting to make history". "It's a very surreal moment". As for the Wildcats, they get to prepare for some other Wildcats.

Both he and Krzyzewski pointed to what Bennett and Virginia did in the regular season and the ACC Tournament, going 20-1 against the league, something that had never been accomplished before, and that Bennett did it with perhaps his most talented player missing in action.

The Retrievers shot 67.9 percent from the field in the second half and held Virginia to 42 percent after intermission.

The university's admissions office is already reaping the benefits of one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

Lyles scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half against the Cavaliers, but UMBC would need no comeback this time. "Yeah, can't tell you how much we appreciate you all coming out here and supporting us all year man, this is awesome".

"We were shooting early (in the shot clock), and that messed us up a little bit", Mawien said. "We just wanted to make history".

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Cody Martin had 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and no turnovers to lead five Nevada players in double figures.

With heart, according to coach Ryan Odom. "This game means a lot to them and, you know, just a special, special effort". It's hard to win that way. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup. His family was there to celebrate, waving a Puerto Rican flag and holding up a big cardboard cutout of his face.

"Yeah, he tried to post me up", Maura said. We've been hurting lately. The victory gives America East, one of 32 Division I conferences in the country, some great credibility and publicity as America East was 23rd in conference RPI as well as SOS compared to Virginia's Atlantic Coast Conference of third in RPI and fourth in SOS.

So what's next in UMBC's bag of tricks?

It took a breakaway dunk by Xavier Snead with 3:03 remaining to give Kansas State a 40-37 lead which finally exuded the feel that the Wildcats were going to get past Cinderella and move into a 9:30 EST date with Kentucky on Thursday evening.

Akin added, "No one can take away the feeling of beating the No. 1 team in the country".

With the win, K-State improves to 24-11 overall. In general, better teams benefit from playing up-tempo, since each possession represents another opportunity for them to grow a lead or reduce a deficit with their superior ability.

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