UMBC Becomes First 16-Seed in Tournament History to Beat a 1-Seed
This is why we love March – or hate it depending on how invested you are into your tournament bracket.
On Friday evening, UMBC became the first 16-seed in National Tournament history to upset a one-seed. The Golden Retrievers didn’t just upset one of the heavy Tournament favourites, they obliterated them by score of 74-54. One of the more methodical, defensive teams that college basketball has seen in years simply had no answer for the lowly 16-seed who earlier in the year got blown out by Albany by a score of 83-39.
Where is Albany at right now? They didn’t even make it to The Dance, and Virginia is now set to join them off the bracket and on the couch.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2018
“You know what this is like?” CBS Sports analyst Bill Raftery said. “This is like saying, well, you know, one day the aliens are going to land here and that’s going to be incredible. But in the back of your mind you’re like, ‘C’mon, man, we all know the aliens are never going to land here.'”
Prior to last night, number-16 seeds were 0-135 against the one-seeds, but after netting 53-second half points, UMBC etched their name in the history books.
“I’ve been watching and coaching in NCAA tournament games my whole life, and I’ve heard it just like we all have, that a 16 will never defeat a top seed,” UMBC’s second-year head coach Ryan Odom admitted.
A miracle in Charlotte, the Cinderella story of the 2018 National Tournament may be just beginning and with that being said, let the Madness continue!