UMBC's Run Ends at the Hands of Kansas State

Ruben Ruiz
March 22, 2018

Certainly, their shells are as thick as an armadillo by now, after having been reminded that sometimes it's March Sadness. We've now seen a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed, and it happened by a 20-point margin. People all over the world were treated to as many nothing-but-net one-liners and gems on social media as UMBC dropped on Virginia on the court Friday night.

Bennett said the Cavaliers had a historic season and then "a historic loss". And it's what you do over the course of 35 games that determines what kind of coach you are.

Virginia nearly certainly would have fared better (though not well enough to make up 20 points) if the offense had swapped 3-pointers that weren't falling for more 2-point attempts.

Lyles is a graduate student who could have left UMBC to play for a bigger program.

-$20,000 more for reaching the championship game.

For an athletics department with an annual budget just over $9 million, that $364,000 payday (or more if the conference awards them more than an equal one-ninth cut) is a huge amount of money.

They all realized they will be the butt of jokes and the answer to a trivia question for some time to come.

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"It's been a long time since we've been here, and first time under coach Weber here", said Xavier Sneed, a four-star recruit who chose the Wildcats over plenty of other high-major offers. We'll have to get past that. "This season, we'll remember it for the rest of our lives". "But we got thoroughly outplayed".

It wouldn't take more than a quick scroll to find out they were trending.

The son of former Wake Forest coach and Virginia assistant Dave Odom, Ryan Odom was a Virginia ball boy was a kid, and he ached for Bennett. It took Dean Smith 21 years to win a national title at North Carolina. But that was against an ACC rival and a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Boeheim. A "2-15" stunner is far rarer: second-seeded teams (the fifth through eighth-strongest in the event) had a won-lost record of 124-8 entering this year's tournament, meaning that a 15-seed had only pulled off a victory once every four years on average.

Obviously UMBC won that game and three more before finally bowing out on Sunday night. Like Williams, and Boeheim, and Krzyzewski, he couldn't believe it, yet couldn't turn away. You know, like UMBC was deserving of winning, just like when we lost, C.J. McCollum was pretty good and Lehigh deserved to win. "And it could have happened to any of us". With maybe two recruits in the top 40. That's the beauty of this tournament - you can't coast on your laurels.

In that stretch of 6:47, the teams combined for 10 turnovers, nine fouls, eight player substitutions, seven steals, six missed field-goal attempts, three missed free throws and three timeouts. When he found out he'd be running the @UMBCAthletics account during the opening-round NCAA game, he initially didn't know how he'd approach the night. "Things just went right". Two of them — Duke and Syracuse — play in the regional semifinals, limiting the conference's earning potential.

"My heart goes out to [Bennett]", Krzyzewski said. Not only did it represent their first ever NCAA tournament win, but it would mark the first time in men's hoops that a No. 16 toppled a No. 1. You know, like UMBC was deserving of winning. Such a victory was widely thought next to impossible. "As soon as we slowed things down and moved it around and ran our plays, we got good shots, good looks and that really helped us". "We want guys that want to be great from a basketball perspective and want to play after college".

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