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As UMBC departs for NCAA tournament, Retrievers look back at and ahead to 'special' season

As UMBC departs for NCAA tournament, Retrievers look back at and ahead to 'special' season

Before Ryan Odom got to the NCAA tournament as a player at Division III Hampden–Sydney, an assistant coach at Virginia Tech and a head coach at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, he made it as the wide-eyed son of a coach.

On Tuesday, as his UMBC men’s basketball team prepared for its send-off to its first-round game Friday night in Charlotte, N.C., against top-seeded Virginia, Odom recalled one of his favorite memories of March Madness. Every detail was crystal-clear.

It was 1984, and he was rooting for the Cavaliers this time. (His father, Dave, was an assistant coach on Virginia’s staff.) In the first round, the seventh-seeded Cavaliers had just...

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