Best Memes of UMBC Humiliating Virginia in the NCAA Tournament

Lynette Rowe
March 18, 2018

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting to the hole easily six different times to convert layups.

Others could only shake their head.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County certainly earned that privilege big time Friday when the Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in NCAA Division 1 men's tournament history to knock off a No. 1 seed, by routing the University of Virginia Cavaliers 74-54.

"But we also knew our margin for error wasn't huge", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

Yet it was a jarring turn of events specifically because it hadn't happened.

J.P. Macura scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and Xavier (29-5) routed No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-20) 102-83 Friday night in their tournament opener in the West Region.

But there had been nothing like this before.

Before his time in Charlotte, Odom was on Virginia Tech's coaching staff for seven years part of a team that went to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and defeated IL in the first round. I really took note when I saw that the game was tied 21-21 at halftime (as I was tracking first-half betting results in addition to game betting results) and Virginia was a 12-point second-half favorite.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 in the regular season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

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Chaminade's 77-72 stunner over Ralph Sampson and then No. 1-ranked Cavaliers in 1982 in Hawaii was generally considered the most remarkable upset in college basketball history.

Shortly after the win was in the books, Little Caesar's announced that they would indeed make good on the promise (which, let's be honest, didn't seem likely that they'd have to do). That can't, in the end, define these guys.

As stunning as the loss itself was the way it unfolded.

Up to this point, Vermont had only lost one conference game in two seasons and was the very last team to lose in league play. The majority of books in Vegas didn't even offer a money line as a 20-point college basketball losing outright is so unfathomable. Rather, the Retrievers stayed in the game. Virginia never cut the deficit to single-digits.

"I think I had a feeling, 10 minutes left in the game".

The number marks the number of teams in Division I men's basketball. "We're up 12 on Virginia with 4:07 left, but more importantly we heard their may be some cookies left in the media dining area, will report back soon", they tweeted out at one point. Brown effectively checked National Player of the Year candidate Trae Young earlier in the season, and will bring that same tenacity to UMBC's breakout star. "Don't know, can't tell you". Already with experience taking out a heavyweight, the Retrievers looked to do the same.

These games are supposed to be routine, nearly a formality. Our predictive model gave the Cavaliers a 98 percent probability of winning. "I figured we'd get some followers, and it was good for the school".

Asked whether he anxious one bad night would overshadow the season, Wilkins cut off the question.

So I upped it to never.

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