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History is made: No. 16 UMBC defeats No. 1 Virginia

You just witnessed the greatest upset of all time.

For the first time in college basketball history, a one-seed has fallen to a 16-seed.

Virginia fell to the UMBC Retrievers by a final score of 74-54.

The same UMBC team that lost to:

Vermont by 28 last month at home

Towson by 13

Maryland by 21

And Albany by 44 (83-39)

You know what’s pretty cool? Virginia was the top seed in Kentucky’s bracket. In case you didn’t know.

That’s what you get for playing a crappy style of basketball.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

138 Comments for History is made: No. 16 UMBC defeats No. 1 Virginia



  1. Booby Petrino
    11:35 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Alright! Let’s take care of buffalo tomorrow and our path looks bright.



    • Han
      11:43 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      I really, really, really hope we put a beatdown on them. Just come out and have a killer instinct the entire game.



    • Cletis75
      1:49 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      First, I would like to give a shout out to Lachlan McClain, you loudmouth chump. You better go to the new men’s clinic and get some of those pills or you will be shooting pool with a cotton rope for the next 6 months! Hahaha!



    • Bull Filmer
      7:46 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      In honor of today’s game, we’ll be dining on Bison (ground Buffalo) and Chicken Wings for the pregame meal.



  2. Commissionersteele
    11:35 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    The path to the Final Four is open



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:37 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      The stars are aligning, I hope they can take advantage.



    • Mathlete
      11:51 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      The path was open since Sunday, Arizona and Virginia weren’t that scary. Honestly, the teams left that we don’t match up well with are Cincinnati and Tennessee (who would have to go through each other to even get to us)



    • TBW3011
      9:15 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Mick Cronin will never attend a Final Four as a head coach, without having to buy a ticket.



    • syrin23
      12:39 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      My bracket is looking really really good. UK all the way.



  3. justaguyinthebackrow
    11:36 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Where are all the Duke and Virginia fanboys saying Tony Bennett is such a better coach than Cal?



    • Bull Filmer
      11:47 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Evidently, Tony Bennett’s heart – and wallet – belongs to Vegas….not Charlottesville.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      5:10 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Who said that? Even I didnt I dont think..



    • catsarerunnin
      7:24 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      “I don’t think” is the only intelligent thing you have ever said here Slater.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:04 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Pretty sure you did Slater. And where are those who said they would like to have Tony Bennett or Gregg Marshall as our coach?



    • 4everUKblue
      7:05 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s get some of those 4 year players, these one and dones suck.



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      9:49 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      There have been a few; icallitlikeiseeit (or something like that) for one.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      11:38 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Cal lost to Robert Morris you know. We almost lost to a terrible Davidson team. Lost to a bad Mizzou team and UCLA team. One game does not define any coach. Bennett does not have near the talent Cal has every year, I said with that same talent he would win more titles.



    • Blue Bill
      12:15 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      You do realize the C in UMBC stands for County right? Whole different level.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:49 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Hey Callit, and if Cal had the same cushy path UVA and dUKe have every year he would have more titles too. Oh and by the way Tony Bennett hasn’t won anything but the ACC. The loss to Robert Morris was inexcusable, but w had lost Noel for the season, just in case you forgot. Bennett will forever be known as the first coach with a 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed regardless of what he does going forward.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:51 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      catsarerunnin just nailed it as far as Slater is concerned!



    • Blue Bill
      12:14 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. Thank you! Can’t count how many times the trolls mentioned his name earlier in the season.

  4. We still have to take care of business manana. Thank you to the Buffalo coach for poking the bear.



    • Mathlete
      11:52 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      One game at a time for the team, dream beyond tomorrow for the fans.



  5. GM1978
    11:39 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Always a blast to watch the ACC get beat down in the big dance



    • Bull Filmer
      11:58 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Yet, another year of long suffering Syrapuss and Gym Bay Hymen.



  6. Jimi40
    11:39 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    LETSGOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!



  7. Cats4lyfe
    11:39 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Not only did UMBC beat them, they score just 1 less point in the 2nd half than Virginia did in the whole game. Incredible!



    • Blue Jesus
      11:51 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      And this: UVA allows 53 points PER GAME, and UMBC scored 53 in the second half.

      UVA had never trailed by more than 13 all year. UMBC beat them by 20.

      Wow.



    • gasman01
      8:40 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      As Dicky V. Said… This was an ass kicking!! I love it!!



    • Miller45
      12:17 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      LOLOLOL Mr. Tony Bennett the team you put together: you aren’t dreaming, this really happened and no you didn’t die and go to hell either



  8. Commissionersteele
    11:40 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    The path to the Final Four is wide open!



  9. Mathlete
    11:40 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Not just a #1 seed, THE #1 OVERALL SEED got destroyed by an upstart 16 seed… That might be the greatest thing ever in the tournament

  10. Unbelievable that this game and AZ both were beat downs. Unreal. UVA’s offense: pathetic.



    • Bull Filmer
      7:49 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Tony Bennet is pathetic.



    • Rixter
      10:26 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Dave Odom’s son > Dick Bennett’s son



  11. Catuary
    11:40 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    In other news, the selection committee has decided to reseed the tournament pitting Kentucky against Villanova tomorrow.



  12. ukwildcat1991
    11:41 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Mind freaking blown! So is my bracket…



    • Catuary
      11:43 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Fortunately I have Kentucky winning it all, so AZ and VA losses don’t hurt mine much.



    • syrin23
      12:41 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Same here. UK all the way baby



  13. Smyrna_Cat
    11:42 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    That was a beatdown. Unbelievably.



  14. Miller45
    11:43 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    UNBELIEVABLE and amazing, happy for them.

    To all who told be i was a moron for saying that UVA wouldn’t make it out of opening weekend, HOW BOUT THEM APPLES



    • makeitstop
      11:59 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Well I never thought u were a moron but I sure didn’t think it would happen. It’s genuinely stunning. That team absolutely dominated the ACC and showed almost no weaknesses all year. They dominated the regular season more than anyone since the KAT team. But wow. You were right! And it sure opens up our lane if we stay focused and get JV back. Proves anyone can lose and anyone can win on a given night doesn’t it? If u hit 50% from 3 and 55% from the field u can knock off anyone and if I shoot 18% u can lose to anyone, and THAT ought to wake us up (and stuff) in case we looked ahead.



    • Miller45
      12:14 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      right. now every team is going to crank it up a notch more than they thought they could because its wiiiiiiiide open for the taking in this region



    • Bull Filmer
      7:52 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Tony Bennett coached like he was owed his bosses in Vegas.



    • makeitstop
      12:20 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Bull that’s not fair – he’s a very good guy and has been incredibly successful at UVa without the blue chips UNC and Duke get but he sure got out coached last night like he did against Jim Boeheim was it last year or the year before? When the ‘Cuse was getting killed they pressed and made UVa play fast and they couldn’t adjust and when they finally did he switched back to 2-3 and UVa was still trying to play fast. I wonder if that’s just the limits of his system w good but not great players is u learn one thing u do real well but u can’t adapt to a different game pace, like running teams that fall behind and can’t catch up if they get behind. Two years for sure he’s been caught unable to adapt to a charge in pace. He and those kids looked shell shocked. We hv seen that at UK where some kid no one knows goes absolutely off on us but sheez that whole team did.



  15. roachey45011
    11:45 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    THERE IS A BASKETBALL GOD !!!!! WIDE OPEN FOR KENTUCKY!!!!!!!!!



  16. Bobbum Man
    11:46 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Say what u want about this team but we’ve got a legit shot at a final four run here



  17. BBN_strive_4_9
    11:46 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Virginia was absolutely destroyed. The future looks bright for the Cats. But don’t overlook these teams



  18. dhard
    11:53 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Virginia gets great credit for defense due to the fact they hold the ball on offense. That was a total beat down



    • Miller45
      12:12 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      yep. every year the first time a team can take them out of their tempo and comfort zone they fall flat on their face



  19. ClutchCargo
    12:00 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Proof positive that playing not to lose results in losing when it really counts.



    • syrin23
      12:42 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Unfortunately, Cal has yet to learn this lesson



    • ClutchCargo
      12:53 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Somewhat agree, but they held on in 2012.



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:41 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      #8 was great!



  20. Bluemantoo
    12:02 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    “They supposed to be ACC!”, LOL!!!



  21. Vanderblue
    12:03 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    He’s done a great job during the regular season the past few years but don’t you have to fire a coach on principle after this? This is the single most embarrassing loss in NCAA history is it not



    • Han
      12:16 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      We had a couple embarrassing losses under BCG and the administration still waited. And he’d done nothing for us other than convince Patrick Patterson to still come.



    • Pitinoiscoach2
      12:17 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      I always knew that a 16 would beat a 1 eventually, but I never thought they would beat the #1 overall seed by 20. Simply stunning.



    • syrin23
      12:44 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      I get your point, but they were the #1 overall seed for a reason. It’s not like Arizona Mildcats with NBA players getting whacked because they are lazy on defense.



    • plumloopy
      9:54 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      When was the last time Virginia was so consistently relevant? Ralph Smpson years? I think they’re pretty happy with him.



    • makeitstop
      1:13 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      It’s the best stretch of UVa basketball since Ralph… but HE lost to Chaminade, an NAIA team in Maui but pretty sure that was before ESPN so u just read about it! This will be immortalized in the March Madness video, maybe they will replace “the shot”. Btw Ralph’s coach was Terry Holland, who had a dog he named Dean Smith “because it whines so much.” FACT.



  22. BeanS
    12:07 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Ohhhhh snap



  23. j
    12:09 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    OMG. Let’s goooooo!!!!!!



  24. blueballs80
    1:01 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    The only thing we need to take away is that every team, regardless underdog or not will come out fighting to win and prove their worth.



  25. UK_Gr8ness
    1:31 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Predicted the UVA 16 over 1 upset 2 weeks ago when ULosers almost beat them! I have the proof… it was a FB debate with a Loserville fan!



  26. Azulgrande75
    1:39 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s face it. That team was NOT a 16 seed! Selection committee played a joke on UVA to clear a path for UNC. Buffalo is NOT a 13 seed either. NCAA puts in “fail-safes” to make sure we stumble every year!!



  27. ScoggDog
    2:36 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    I also would like to thank Buffalo for talking smack, consistently, from the coaches on down.

    Maybe they back it up – wouldn’t surprise me. But I can’t imagine why the UK kids wouldn’t come out ready to play now.



    • makeitstop
      1:21 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      No kidding. We could have easily over looked it after the UVa loss but they just keep running the mouth, and stuff like that. Ha



  28. cats646
    2:50 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve said it all year. Virginia sucks!!!!!!!!!!!



  29. joseph_daniel
    3:13 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    2018 NCAA Tournament starting to take form as one of the greatest ever played. Just imagine has the committee done the right thing and left Oklahoma out for say Middle Tennessee, UCLA out for St. Mary’s, etc… Both those teams could have seen Round 2 and beyond.



  30. BigBlueNationDude
    5:12 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Beat Buffalo first. Some fans are already penciling uk in.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      6:08 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Rhode Island, mich st, Kansas.

      You mad?



    • 4everUKblue
      7:43 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      He is mad. He wants Tony Bennett as his coach.



    • Bull Filmer
      7:57 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      dook puke used to be Navy blue; they want so much to be like KENTUCKY that they changed their colors – to be like KENTUCKY – which is a loser move tantamount to something little brother would do.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:36 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      You mean the same way you penciled your brackets Slater?



    • catsarerunnin
      2:12 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Slater is only interested in the NIT. Makes sense that a loser likes the loser tourney.



  31. UKfan4TwoDecades
    7:01 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Great comments on this thread, and others, so please keep it up.

    To the NCAA committe memebers who, for years and years, have deliberately put UK in “death brackets” I say HOW TO YOU LIKE US NOW?



    • UKfan4TwoDecades
      7:04 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      There are no guarantees, or easy wins, in the NCAA Tournament so all I can hope for is that each player plays with passion. That they rebound aggressively. They drive to the basket with purpose. They talk on both ends of the court. They play hardcore defense all game, and the fans cheer them on throughout.

      I’m still shaking my head about how this bracket started until how it is today. I never imagined these upsets would occur let alone in UK’s bracket.

      Kudos to KSR. Go CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  32. fireants25
    7:03 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Hahahahaha I am stunned to wake up and see this hahahahaha this is hilarious!!



  33. original slappy
    7:33 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    If Virginia hadn’t lost their best player this probably doesn’t happen. But a 16 making it to the second round is something I never thought I would see. It’s pretty amazing. Hats off to UMBC



    • spincr4hire72
      7:46 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      He was the 6th man



    • Mathlete
      8:18 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Virginia’s starters were outplayed the entire second half, losing your best sub doesn’t excuse that



    • Rixter
      11:39 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Obviously, Virginia didn’t lose because they missed the injured player’s 9 points a game – but from a psychological standpoint, I think it absolutely played a role in the way UVA played in this game



  34. Aar
    7:34 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    IMHO, this regional just became an “if this team just plays UK basketball they have a 75-90% chance of making the Final Four” kinda bracket. Let’s face it, before Arizona and UVA went down the bracket was “the Cats need 3 straight games in which all 8-9 players bring their A game, somebody goes off and we still might not win”. Buffalo is going to be tough but this is no longer the bracket of death. 1 of 3 regional final opponents will be tough if we get there – UK-hating and very good Cincinnati and 2 good SEC opponents lurk in that game. In UC, I see a good team with a Wisconsin-like motivation to beat UK. No game is a gimme with these young Cats but if they just play UK basketball, I like our chances way better today than on Thursday morning!

    Let’s face it, 3 of 8 Cats played subpar and the team as a whole slept through the first 15 minutes of the second half against Davidson. We were lucky to get out of that. Buffalo is 25th in RPI, outscores and gets more assists than us. This is going to be a much tougher game.



    • Mathlete
      8:21 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      The key to tonight’s game is going to be the rebounding battle. Buffalo is there 8th best rebounding team in the nation. Take that strength away and they’re pretty good but not the giant killers they looked like Thursday night



  35. 4everUKblue
    7:42 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    16 seeds are now 1 – 135 against 1 seeds. From the UMBC men’s basketball twitter account.



  36. UK Big Board Update
    7:43 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    I’ll use the old bandwagon UK fan go-to line: “Tony Bennett got outcoached”



  37. JMFATZ47
    7:43 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Gosh darn, we need more Kentucky -bred white boys. I hate one and done guys. Cal can’t coach. We need coaches along the lines of Izzo, Marshall, Bennett, Tubby. We just roll the ball out on the floor, no preparation. Shai is terrible. And the beat goes on you dumb schmucks. It’s hard to win a title but Cal always has our teams ready to roll in March. All of the other “elite” teams seem to blow it pretty regularly. Go pound sand and become a UL, Indiana or Duke fan….



    • CATandMONKEY
      7:59 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you.

      I believe I just heard a mic drop.



    • plumloopy
      9:59 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      63 of the teams “blow it” every year. I think it’s time to be back at the top at the end of the year. Going in as a #5 seed (leaving anything up to the committee) is dangerous. I’ve never seen the upsets fall in our favor so well before. That said, we won one game and it was hardly a blowout.

      Next year, it’s time for a clear #1 seed. A program like Kentucky should be there at least every 2-3 years and it’ll have been four. I want to enjoy the whole season, not just the last month. I need a 2012, 2015 to clear the palette.



  38. JMFATZ47
    7:45 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Cal won’t let us overlook Buffalo.



  39. runningunnin.454
    8:00 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Got up at 4:00 a.m. to go in and get some work done before the game; didn’t get to see the late games last night.
    Got my coffee and looked up ncaa tourney scores; still half asleep, I stared at the Virginia score for several minutes…I thought “what is that, a women’s game”? LOL
    I’ve been preaching parity in the SEC and nationally all year; but, that is ridiculous.



  40. henderblue
    8:03 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    One at a time. Go Cats!! If Buffalo hits 15 3s be hard to beat them. But I like our chances.



  41. Gettlefingers
    8:22 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Bennett is the Dusty Baker of cbb. He should be fired and can’t WAIT to hear Lochland McLean but wish we could have done the beating



  42. BigBlueNationDude
    8:30 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    My bracket is perfect



    • 4everUKblue
      8:48 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Only because you are incapable of telling the truth.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      1:14 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      You logged into my name just for this? You can do better



    • 4everUKblue
      1:23 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      I have never logged into your name first of all. Second of all that said it all. catsareunnin nailed you when he said when you posted “I don’t think” was the only intelligent post you’ve made ever!



  43. Look Out Fireworks
    8:31 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    UMBC Coach’s contract says, under winning incentives:

    Regular season conference championship: $20,000
    Conference tournament championship: $25,000
    Win an NCAA tournament game as a 16 seed: $10,000,000,000…. haha yeah right.



  44. truebluefootballfan
    8:54 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    How salty are the NC DOUBLE Aholes and joke of a selection committee now?…. They hate our team and our school but I bet those old ba$tard$ love our bourbon



    • plumloopy
      10:01 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      You had me until that last part…



  45. kjd
    9:10 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    What was all the whining about (including Cal) about the screwing we got being in this bracket?



    • runningunnin.454
      9:24 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      The opponents didn’t bother me at all; but, I have a problem being sent 1900 miles while UNCheat gets to play in their backyard.
      How many of our fans can drop everything and travel to Idaho?



    • plumloopy
      10:01 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      It was legit whining. We just got seriously lucky. That said, I think I’d rather face Cinci than UT if we make it to the Elite 8.



    • 4everUKblue
      12:53 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Cal was well within his rights to complain (not whine) about our bracket compared to all the ACC teams. They didn’t do any SEC team any favors.



  46. henderblue
    9:46 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    No sh*t rg. That’s it right there. But we’re one game away from Catlanta. BBN will show up there



  47. roachey45011
    9:46 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Swag on boys let’s go !!!!!!



  48. plumloopy
    10:03 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    UMBC coach seemed like a classy guy, too. Post game interview his heart rate was about 50bpm. I think a LOT of teams will be calling his agent in the next few weeks.



  49. wadl5592
    10:08 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    That 5’ 2” 135lb. guard that just did what he wanted amazed me Mr. Maura!



  50. Rixter
    10:23 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    2018 NCAA Tournament field: Ranking the 64 remaining teams in March Madness (CBSSports.com):

    1. Virginia
    Best defense in the nation. Best coach in the country? The Cavaliers force teams to bend to their will. This is the best team in college basketball heading to the NCAA Tournament and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 overall seed.

    63. UMBC

    Only Texas Southern was ranked lower in the field. Amazing.



  51. check
    11:06 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    When people call our bracket the “bracket of death”, they were scared of UMBC, right?



  52. 4everUKblue
    11:43 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    Uhhhh….DennyC is this the same ACC you said was a real college basketball league???



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:59 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      LMFAO



    • 4everUKblue
      12:14 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      UK Big Board it’s about time you put together one of who all said what posts.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      1:15 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Prob the same guy. Ksr cult member. Matt Jones follower and fresh knee pad owner



    • 4everUKblue
      1:25 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      If anyone knows about knee pads it’s you Slater, you’re not fooling anyone. Again you’re post makes NO sense, but then they never do.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:29 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      I’d bet your knee pads are ready for some retreads Slater. Better get you a good supply of chapstick.



  53. krautdog
    11:55 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    So much for Tony Bennett & his West Coast offense. Maybe he needs to go back to singing!!!



  54. MR.BIG BLUE NATION
    12:42 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Umbc wanted to move on more so they won



  55. ScottGreene22
    11:14 am March 18, 2018 Permalink

    No dominant team and a lot of parity especially at the top = a 16 taking out a 1. Called it before the tournament started!!!