Eeveryone’s NCAA tourney brackets simply imploded, as 16th seeded UMBC crushed primary Virginia within the best March Insanity upset in historical past.
They don’t name it March Insanity for nothing! By no means earlier than as a crew coming in to the NCAA event seeded 16th — aka final — beat a crew that was seeded first of their bracket. UMBC simply did the unthinkable and knocked off Virginia within the first spherical of on M1rch 16, and an entire lot of individuals’s betting brackets simply collapsed. Based on CBS Sports activities, 99 % of these betting on the tourney picked UVA to win this recreation, and over half of all folks picked the Cavaliers to a minimum of make it to the ultimate 4. UMBC is so little recognized that most individuals needed to Google what the varsity is — it’s the College of Maryland, Baltimore County. And it wasn’t even shut because the Retrievers ran away with the sport by a rating of 74-54. UMBC scored 53 factors within the SECOND HALF! That’s 1 greater than UVA scored in the entire recreation!
Even the UMBC Athletics Twitter account was trolling UVA arduous throughout the recreation, because the Retrievers held on to a gentle lead all through. “We’re up 12 on Virginia with four:07 left, however extra importantly we heard their could also be some cookies left within the media eating space, will report again quickly,” they tweeted out at one level.
Virginia was with out their standout freshman D’Andre Hunter, who injured his wrist within the ACC Event. He averages 9.2 factors per recreation and his teammates vowed to solider on with out him. “At this level you bought to step up, subsequent man up and be able to play,” senior Isaiah Wilkins mentioned forward of the sport. “Really feel unhealthy for him, however we received ball to play.” Even with Hunter’s numbers, a 20 level drubbing by a 16th seeded crew is without doubt one of the most memorable beginnings to any NCAA event in historical past!
Cell gamer CG Expertise claimed to have one bettor who gained $16,000 on an $800 money-line wager (20-1) for UMBC to win. In the meantime the common workplace pool bettor simply noticed one among their closing 4 picks simply go down in smoke of their opening recreation. The Twittersphere exploded of the epic victory:
Congrats to the UMBC Retrievers for making NCAA Basketball historical past!!!