UMBC Retrievers Comment on Being the First #16 to beat #1 EVER!

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As the first 16 seed to win an NCAA Tournament game, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers pulled off the largest upset in the history of the men's tournament Friday, doing so even in a casual romp of top-ranked Virginia, 74-54.

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

March Madness history was made as Virginia became the first 1-seed to ever lose to a 16-seed.

But there had been nothing like this before. While many assumed the score was just a fluke and Virginia would come out with a vengeance in the second half that wasn't the case. They shot it well. I looked up at the clock and it was maybe a 1:30 and I just looked around and I was like 'man, this is just insane.' We're up 17 on the number one team in the country with a minute left.

As stunning as the loss itself was the way it unfolded. They had yet to give up 70 points in a game this season until UMBC went for 74.

It was Lyles who got the Retrievers here, so it was only fitting he carried them to a historic win.

The Retrievers took command of the second half with a 17-3 run over the Cavs.

The lead grew and grew, sending murmurs at first through the Charlotte crowd that soon began to churn into a growing buzz and a tangible feeling that a historic moment was quickly becoming inevitable. Virginia never cut the deficit to single-digits. "When I walked over to the sideline and up in front of the sea of yellow of our fan section, they were going insane with us". Dave Odom was an assistant on then-Virginia men's basketball coach Terry Holland's staff from 1982 through '89, and Ryan served as a ballboy while growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, a short walk from University Hall.

"I think they wanted us to get the win most importantly, but I'm sure it'd be a topic of discussion for a little while", Lyles said.

Its powerhouse program gives scholarships to players from around the world and competed in the President's Cup, informally known as the Final Four of chess, for 15 straight years before the streak ended in 2016. "Don't know, can't tell you". Looking up from the floor, you could see the tens-of-thousands of fans surrounding you, and the Retrievers took time to adjust.

Playing for the first time in the NCAA tourney, the 15th-seeded Bisons (23-10) held an early six-point edge.

These games are supposed to be routine, nearly a formality.

No one could have predicted how easily the Retrievers would handle the Cavaliers. In the end, it was a remarkable season but we got thoroughly outplayed and that's the reality of it.

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

It certainly creates a complicated legacy.

If it weren't for all those monsters to beat - to say nothing of that wonderfully designed, NCAA-created, 68-team piece of art called the bracket - the tournament wouldn't be anything more than an extension of a 5,000-game, 351-team regular season, 99 percent of which flies past mainstream America completely unnoticed.

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