For the first time in college basketball history, a number 16 team defeated the top seed in the men’s NCAA tournament. Earlier this month, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County crushed Virginia 74-54 and we’re still shocked with what happened.
Historic college basketball upset
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We think this win is even bigger than Duke’s 1991 upset over the 34-0 UNLV. Why? Because that match-up was during the Final Four. So while UNLV never tasted defeat until then, Duke was still clearly a strong contender.
But this Retrievers team beating the Virginia Cavaliers? No way.
Why we’re shocked
It’s not just because a 16th-seeded club finally beat a top seed that makes the outcome so shocking. It’s because this specific team defeated Virginia by 20 points.
Consider this: Albany drubbed UMBC 83-39 in January. In this game, the Retrievers scored only 12 points in the first half.
Compare them to the absolutely dominant Virginia Cavaliers, which boasted a historic defense that resulted in a 31-2 record. Virginia went 17-1 against the best conference in college basketball.
Cinderella story indeed. It’s unfortunate, however, that the Retrievers lost to Kansas State by 7.