UMBC makes history in NCAA Tourney beating No. 1 seed Virginia

No. 16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Men’s Tournament on Friday, knocking off No. 1 seed Virginia 74-54.

Before Friday, no 16th-seeded team had ever beaten a No. 1 seed in the men’s tournament.

Teams seeded 16th are now 1-135 vs. top seeds since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

The Retrievers dominated the Cavaliers jumping out to an early lead, and answered every Virginia run in the second half. UMBC began the game with a 17-3 run, but the Cavaliers fought back to tie it at 21-all at halftime.

UMBC outscored Virginia 53-33 in the second half. Jairus Lyles led UMBC with 28 points, while Joe Sherburne added 14 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome led the Cavaliers, each scoring 15 points.

Prior to Friday night’s stunner, most No. 16 vs. No. 1 seed games haven’t been particularly close. According to the NCAA, 90 of those 135 losses were by at least 20 points and 47 of them were by at least 30. Only 16 were decided by single digits, and only seven of those in the past 27 years.

The Retrievers will now play Kansas State in the second round on Sunday.

While many were quick to report the historic win, some eventually followed it up with an asterisk: A women’s team did it first.

Nearly 20 years to the day of Harvard’s iconic upset over Stanford in the @ncaawbb tournament, 16-seed UMBC did the unthinkable in @marchmadness: Beat 1-seed Virginia.

— NCAA (@NCAA) March 17, 2018

**In men’s tournament history.

We see you, @HarvardWBB!

— ESPN (@espn) March 17, 2018