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UMBC pulls off second-largest NCAA tourney point-spread upset

17 March 2018

Junior guard Jon Elmore led Marshall with 27 points in the victory.

Purdue center Isaac Haas broke his right elbow during a win over Cal State Fullerton and will miss the rest of the NCAA Tournament.

Chaminade's 77-72 stunner over Ralph Sampson and then No. 1-ranked Cavaliers in 1982 in Hawaii was generally considered the most remarkable upset in college basketball history.

J.P. Macura scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and Xavier (29-5) routed No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-20) 102-83 Friday night in their tournament opener in the West Region.

Ryan Odom is actually 43 years old, but looks only marginally different from the kid who was a University of Virginia ball boy in the 1980s while his father, Dave, was an assistant for head coach Terry Holland. That is, insofar as such a place even exists. The Retrievers not only defeated the ACC champion Virginia Cavaliers, they dismantled them by a final score of 74-54 in South Regional action. The best bet would be to show up closer to 11:30 a.m., when the promotion starts, to make sure you're one of the first to get the deal! Why bother making sense of what you can instead enjoy? Of course. And it also was for all of those 16 seeds over the 34 seasons of the NCAA Tournament's expanded-bracket era that were meant to be chewing gum on the bottom of every blueblood powerhouse team's sneakers and turned out to be just that.

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We have to continue this in this way, with this will to fight, with this desire to play together". That was a fault of the whole team, as the movement in the final third was predictable at best.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County ousted Virginia 74-54 in Friday's round of 64 action. A lot of folks in Charlottesville will never forget it.

The teams would continue to go back and fourth, but the Retrievers would eventually extend their lead to 8 as Lamar hit a three-point shot. There was the school's Twitter account, whose tone of millennial cheekiness (about hot dogs, or the school's website crashing, or those ignorant of the school's existence) paired perfectly with the upending being done by its basketball team.

The truth is that Virginia has an unbelievable season, one they had absolutely no business having.

Because on Friday night, just six days and an eternity after that moment in the locker room, the impossible happened. Given the fact that they played in a mid-major conference, the fact that they had 10 losses and won their conference tournament in upset fashion did not give many people much hope for them.

This was history we still can not believe we saw. "We were playing the best defense we had played all year". From there, Virginia quickly regained the lead, and maintained it until with 4:39 left, during which senior-guard KJ Maura knocked down a three to tie the game 16-16.

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UMBC wasn't the only team to pull off a big upset on Friday.

We now live in a world were a No. 1 seed has lost an opening round March Madness game. It's the kind of March disappointment with which Boilermakers fans are all too familiar.

So who is the UMBC coach, the one with the boyish face? They won twice more before losing to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the semifinals.

Marshall now awaits the victor of Friday afternoon's matchup between No. 5 West Virginia and No. 12 Murray State.

The Retrievers play 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday at 3pm, if the Retrievers win Sunday they will advance to the Sweet 16 in Atlanta, GA. An important point: the order must be placed by 1 p.m.

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Beverly was granted his release from OSU on June 30, 25 days after the head coach who recruited him, Thad Matta, was fired. Daum said it was a insane night when he scored his 2,000th-career point in an 82-63 win over North Dakota State.

They were no match for the Retrievers, especially after halftime.

UMBC pulls off second-largest NCAA tourney point-spread upset