2018 Umbc vs. virginia men’s basketball game – wikipedia austin electricity outage

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On March 16, 2018, during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the University of Virginia (Virginia) Cavaliers played a college basketball game against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cavaliers, who were seeded first in the South regional bracket and first overall in the NCAA Tournament, faced the Retrievers, who were seeded 16th in the South regional bracket and ranked 63rd overall (out of a field of 68). Virginia and UMBC competed for the right to face ninth-seeded Kansas State, which had already won their first-round game against Creighton earlier in the day.

The Retrievers defeated the Cavaliers 74–54, becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. [4] UMBC earned its first NCAA Tournament win in school history. [5] With Virginia set as a 20.5 point favorite heading into the game, UMBC’s victory was the second-biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history behind Norfolk State’s defeat of Missouri in 2012 when Missouri was a 21.5 point favorite. [1] [6] Virginia finished their season at 31–3.

UMBC entered its 2017–18 season under second-year head coach Ryan Odom. [8] A preseason America East Conference coaches’ poll picked the Retrievers to finish third in their league, and incoming senior Jairus Lyles earned Preseason All-Conference honors. [9] The team completed the regular season with a 25–10 record and a second-place finish in the America East. [10] Senior guards Jairus Lyles, who averaged a team-high 20.3 points per game, and K. J. Maura were named First-Team and Third-Team All-Conference respectively, with the latter earning America East Defensive Player of the Year accolades. [11] [12]

On March 10, 2018, UMBC won the 2018 America East Tournament after Lyles made a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to defeat top-seeded Vermont in the championship game. [13] The win handed the Retrievers an automatic NCAA Tournament berth, their second appearance ever and their first since 2008, when they suffered a 66–47 loss to Georgetown in their opening game. [14] [15] It also gave UMBC its 24th win of the season, tied for most in program history. [16] Before the team’s NCAA Tournament opener against Virginia, guard-forward Joe Sherburne said, "We know we can go out there and have fun and play hard, and we really don’t have anything to lose, so it’ll be we go out there and play loose." [16] Virginia [ edit ]

In a rebuilding year, Virginia had entered the season unranked but proceeded to win the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season championship outright by four games over pre-season AP No. 1 Duke, finishing 17–1 in conference play including Bennett’s first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They then capped an improbable ascendancy by defeating North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship, finishing the regular season 31–2. [17]

Two days before NCAA tournament play, the Cavaliers lost the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, forward De’Andre Hunter, to a season-ending left wrist fracture. The injury led the New York Daily News to change their pick from Virginia winning the national championship to not advancing out of the Sweet Sixteen. [18] Virginia entered the tournament seeded first overall. [19] Venue [ edit ]

The game was televised nationally on TNT and announced by Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill, with Tracy Wolfson as their sideline reporter. [20] The game was played after the conclusion of the Kansas State– Creighton game, which took place in the same venue. [21] The game had 3.53 million viewers, with a 94% and 54% increase in viewership compared to the 2016 and 2017 games in the same slot. [20] Game summary [ edit ]

The game started defensively with the first half having four separate ties. UMBC would not lead until just before the midpoint of the half before a Virginia steal would tie the game up for the second time. Virginia would go on a 7–1 run over a four-minute period hold a six-point lead late in the first half before UMBC managed to tie the game at 16–16 before the final TV timeout of the half. UMBC would take the lead twice before halftime, but Virginia was able to tie the game up at both points.

Coming out of halftime, the Retrievers would go on an early 7–2 run before Virginia would use their first of three remaining timeouts of the game. Despite the timeout, a 6–2 run before the first TV timeout of the half would give the Retrievers an 11-point lead. Another UMBC run of 10–4 would force the Cavaliers to use a second timeout to force the TV timeout. An 11–7 run by Virginia allowed for them to get within eight points before UMBC was forced to use their timeout to start another TV timeout. Both teams would stall as only eight points were scored by both teams combined before the Retrievers’ second timeout. A 5–0 run by UMBC within a minute forced Virginia to use their final timeout to receive a TV timeout. Despite the break, fouls by Virginia would contribute to UMBC making four free throws and scoring a layup on a missed free throw would allow the lead to be extended to 19 points. The final two minutes would see the Retrievers extend their lead by another point to finish with the game 74–54.

The Cavaliers, who led the NCAA this season in scoring defense at 53.4 points per game, were outscored by the Retrievers 53–33 in the final twenty minutes. The twenty point loss was the largest deficit the Cavaliers suffered their entire season, as was the only time this season they allowed at least 70 points. UMBC’s Jairus Lyles, who scored 28 points while battling through cramps late in the second half, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

"That was not even close. That’s first a credit to the job Ryan did, coach Odom. Their offense was very hard to guard. They shot it well. We kept getting broken down and did a poor job. … We had a hard time with their mobile fours and their four guards. I don’t know what to say but that. That was a thorough butt whipping." [25]

UMBC advanced to the Round of 32, in which they faced 9-seed Kansas State Wildcats on March 18, 2018. The game was competitive, with neither team having a lead greater than nine points throughout the game, and UMBC trailing by only three points with two minutes remaining in the game. The Wildcats won the game 50–43, thus ending UMBC’s Cinderella run. [28]

The first round losses by No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 4 seed Arizona, and second round losses by No. 2 seed Cincinnati and No. 3 seed Tennessee, led to the South Region becoming the first ever to not advance any of its top four seeds to the Sweet Sixteen. [29] Another Cinderella, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, won the region by beating Kansas State 78–62, becoming the fourth 11-seed to advance to the Final Four. [30] See also [ edit ]