Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Shocker! UMBC beats top seeded Virginia

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 16 seeded UMBC Retrievers will forever be known as the first No. 16 seeded team to pull off the biggest upset in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship history. They defeated the No. 1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54, on Friday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the South Region. They were also the top overall seed in the entire tournament.

Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall dribbles the ball as he is being defended during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round game between the UMBC Retrievers and the Virginia Cavaliers
Devon Hall dribbles the ball as he is being defended during the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship First Round game between the UMBC Retrievers and the Virginia Cavaliers (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Retrievers improved to 25-10 on the season. This is also their biggest win in school history.

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With the historic upset, UMBC will now face the No. 9 seeded Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday. The Cincinnati Bearcats, Tennessee Volunteers, and Kentucky Wildcats are now the top-seeded teams left in the region.

The Cavaliers fell to 31-3 on the season.

Jarius Lyles led the Retrievers with 28 points. He also had four rebounds and three assists.

Lyles was one of three UMBC players, who scored in double-digits. Joe Sherburne added 14 points, while Arkel Lamar had 12 points, and K.J. Maura added 10 points.

Jourdan Grant had eight bench points.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome led the Cavaliers with 15 points each. Guy had four rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

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Jerome had three rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

The Cavaliers had 15 bench points. Nigel Johnson led the bench with nine points.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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