NCAA HISTORY: No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia 74-54
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 17, 2018,
Mar 17, 2018, 14:59
The Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offence and the nation's top-ranked defence couldn't contain the American East Conference champions who won their conference tournament at the buzzer.
Nevada trailed by 14 in the second half before Caleb Martin's 18 points helped the Wolf Pack rally past Texas, 87-83 in overtime. 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.
"All of a sudden, we began to run much better than we did in the first half and our spacing was tremendous and we were able to get some shots off in transition that normally wouldn't have happened had we not been able to get stops", said Odom. "Kansas State won, right?"
The Retrievers dominated the Cavaliers jumping out to an early lead, and answered every Virginia run in the second half. Point guard K.J. Maura followed with a 3-pointer for a 50-34 lead with 8:32 left in the game.
Chants of "UMBC" echoed through the arena.
The 7-foot-2, 290-pound senior went down while taking a hard foul midway through the second half.
Texas A&M was a 73-69 victor against No. 10 Providence as Admon Gilder scored 18 points and Tyler Davis added 14 with 15 rebounds.
Norfolk State beat Missouri as a 21.5-point underdog in 2012, and Santa Clara beat Arizona as a 20-point underdog in 1993.
Jon Elmore was spectacular for the Thundering Herd. There was a time when we all said that Mark Few wasn't good enough, and Bill Self wasn't good enough, or Jim Calhoun wasn't good enough. The Cavaliers never found solid ground again, as the deficit continued to the closing seconds.
Jaylen Barford scored 15 points for Arkansas (23-12).
Another No. 4 seed has been sent packing.
UMBC will next face No. 9 seed Kansas State in the second round on Sunday. It was the first time a No. 16th-ranked men's basketball team defeated a No. 1 seed. The game had been tied up until then.
Kerwin Roach had 26 points for Texas (19-15) and shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range.
Sophomore Jarron Cumberland was the leading scorer for the Bearcats with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while senior forward Gary Clark added his own double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Even had they lost a game in the ACC tournament, there was never a doubt that they would be the No. 1 overall seed in this year's tournament.
VanDerveer says that Virginia coach Tony Bennett and his team should be "exceedingly proud of their season" and that one game doesn't define them.
I can't imagine many worse jobs than being one of the Little Caesars employees over those 90 minutes.
The only other time that a No. 1 seed lost was in 1998 when Stanford lost to Harvard on the Cardinal's home court of Maples Pavilion. Marshall beat fourth-seeded Wichita State earlier in the day.
The Tar Heels and Boilermakers delivered. Being the first one seed to lose. Virginia, meanwhile, went 4 for 22 from 3-point range and had just four assists, a shockingly low number for a club that prides itself on sharing the basketball.