No. 16 seeds had tried 135 times. And 135 times, they had failed. Then the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers played the game of their lives on Friday night, and changed college basketball history.
UMBC shocked No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 74-54, a score that sent shockwaves throughout the sport, and throughout the sports world as a whole. It busted brackets and opened up paths to the Final Four in San Antonio.
No. 16 seeds had come close in the past. They had twice come within one point. They had once taken a No. 1 seed to overtime. But they had also been on the wrong ends of countless blowouts. At Last, a #16 seed beats a #1 seed!!!