UMBC Prepares to take on Virginia at the Big Dance

UVa preps for first game of NCAA Tournament minus Hunter

If you're not familiar with college basketball, here's a quick recap: the University of Maryland-Baltimore County not only pulled off the greatest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament, they demolished their opponent, the University of Virginia, by 20 points. It wasn't just an upset; it was a beat-down.

They play their games in the UMBC Event Center in an arena that fits 5,000 people, about 23,000 fewer people than the audience that witnessed them knock out Virginia Friday night in Charlotte. UMBC stretched the margin to 41-27 with 14:57 to play on 3-pointer by Lyles. The 74 points ended up being the most that defensive-minded Virginia had allowed this year.

The question wasn't whether they would win this game, but if they would get to the Final Four and win it all.

UMBC (25-10) followed through, making 12 of 24 3-pointers and handling the Cavaliers' vaunted pack line defense with 50 percent shooting overall. It was in the second half though that the Retrievers started to open the door of possibility.

Layup by K.J. Maura.

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In a scintillating stretch of scoring prowess, Lyles made three free throws, a 3-pointer, back-to-back layups and a contested floater in the lane with the shot clock about to expire, all in a row. You knew history was coming.

"We kind of all wanted to be in the "One Shining Moment" video", said forward Joe Sherburne.

The Cavaliers had their season end prematurely as a No. 1 seed for the third time under coach Tony Bennett, who had been voted ACC coach of the year. ONE OTHER TIME In 1998, the No. 16 seed Harvard women beat top-ranked Stanford on the Cardinal's home floor.

Kyle Guy (Guard) "I feel like we're actually a really deep team espically with De'Andre but now that he's not I feel that we're deep enough to make a run". It will be the first game that matches a No. 16 seed against a No. 9 seed.

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