UMBC Makes History with Stunning Upset over Top Seeded Virginia 

Burke Harman


The 16 seeded UMBC Retrievers made history as they walloped the number one overall seed Virginia 74-54 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Becoming the first ever 16 seed to beat a one seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The Retrievers did not just beat the Cavaliers, but they crushed them by 20 points. After being tied at 21 at half, UMBC put up 53 points in the second half to secure the greatest upset of all time. 16 seeds were previously 0-135 against 1 seeds before UMBC made the impossible, possible. 

What made this upset more special was not only the fact Virginia was the favorite to cut the nets down, but that UMBC is in our own back yard,\ right here from Baltimore County. Star Guard Jarius Lyles put up 28, and he could not be stopped. To have that kind of performance on the biggest stage against the best team is truly incredible. 

It was a David vs Goliath story, and David came out on top, and although the Retrievers fell just short of beating Kansas state in the Second Round, their story will never be forgotten. In a game that will forever live in the minds of sports fans and record books, hats off to the whole UMBC team for providing the country with one thrilling ride.