Eight days in March. That was all it took for UMBC to carry college basketball fans on one of the most improbable and charming rides in the recent history of the sport. A year later, here’s that story in the words of the players, coaches and administrators who pulled it off.
The Retrievers have held 13 different opponents to less than 60 points this season, which helps explains how they finished the regular season ranked first in the America East in scoring, defense and steals.
UMBC’s upset of the University of Virginia in last year’s NCAA men's basketball tournament is the kind of feel-good sports story you can’t get enough of, and the CBS Sports Network is serving up another tasty helping tonight at 7 on its “Four Sides of the Story” series.
When UMBC pulled off a historic upset of top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, it became clear the win would continue to pay dividends for the school in the future. That has already come true — through the gift of free pizza.
The UMBC Retrievers were faced with a choice — carry the emotion forward from Friday night's stunning, historic victory over No. 1 Virginia or simply accept their place in history and go home to their adoring fans. They went down, but not without a fight.
UMBC got the full national telecast treatment Sunday night in its matchup with Kansas State, and the only complaint anyone in Maryland should have is about the final score, 50 to 43 in K-State’s favor.
They will not wilt under the national spotlight, bright as it might be with a prime-time television spot. The players will not lose focus, even with the social media wave that has endured long after the final buzzer sounded.
I was enjoying a late dinner with friends at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, N.Y. — the sizzling plates of porterhouse in full command of my attention — when the familiar name began bubbling out of lips at surrounding tables. UMBC, UMBC, UMBC.
For Tom Berlin, Friday was one doozy of a birthday. The Sykesville resident turned 70 and his old school, UMBC, pulled a historic upset in defeating Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament. Moreover, it was Berlin who, 52 years ago, chose the UMBC mascot, the Retriever.
“It’s like your first Fortnite victory, honestly,” Nolan Gerrity said in an interview recorded by Mark Armstrong of WTVD-TV in Durham, N.C., referencing the mega-popular video game that's caught the attention of rapper Drake and Pittsburgh Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster.