For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a #16 seed has beaten a #1 seed. Virginia was absolutely beaten down by a scrappy UMBC team 74-54, destroying brackets for millions across the country, includ ing myself.
And a few others as well:
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 17, 2018
Virginia seemed completely flat the entire second half. I can’t believe that the #1 overall seed in the tournament could show such little fight in a game that really was all but over with five minutes to go in the second half. No one wanted to defend, no one attacked on offense, and it was an absolute disaster for the program.
UMBC on the other hand shot the lights out, and broke the press late in the second half like a hot knife through butter. They shot % in the second half, and just shredded Virginia in the paint.
Twitter of course went absolutely berserk towards the end of the game:
If UMBC pulls off the upset, it wouldn't be the first time Retrievers surprised everyone pic.twitter.com/824dKMnPjf
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2018
More stats will be provided later, but the biggest upset in tournament history is here. Welcome to March Madness!
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