Eight days in March (Part 1): UMBC basketball's remarkable run to 2018 NCAA tourney in the words of those who lived it
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.
From now on, every time the NCAA tournament commences, UMBC will be spoken of as the ultimate dragon slayer, the first men’s No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1, Virginia, in 2018.
The Retrievers earned a spot in Saturday’s title game at 11 a.m. and will meet No. 1 seed Vermont (26-6) for an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
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 graduate student Joe Sherburne was named the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division I men’s basketball.
Saturday’s 62-54 win gives UMBC its third consecutive 20-win season for the first time in program history and sends the team to a league tournament semifinal date on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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.
Former UMBC guard Jairus Lyles is hoping that the attention he received at the end of his college career will catapult him into a professional career, possibly in the NBA.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum this morning unveiled the rendering for a bobblehead commemorating UMBC’s historic upset in the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Ryan Odom led the Retrievers to a program-record 25 victories this season, including two of the biggest wins in school history.
“I think we kind of all wanted to be in the ‘One Shining Moment’ video,” Retrievers forward Joe Sherburne said after the upset of Virginia.
As school President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski said during the celebration: “We have never had a more celebrated period in the history of UMBC.”
If you’re a UMBC Athletics fan — or a Maryland native bending over backwards to bask in the Retrievers’ glow — it probably doesn’t get any better than Friday night. Except maybe if you add free pizza.
In Odom’s second year, UMBC set a single-season program record for wins (25) and won the America East Conference for the first time in 10 years.
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.
Gov. Larry Hogan will host a reception Monday at Government House to honor the team; a party will be held Tuesday on campus.
Programs such as Florida Gulf Coast have proved that lower mid-major schools can continue to have NCAA tournament success even after losing a transformative coach.
Ryan Odom, head coach of the upstart UMBC men's basketball program, has lived in Annapolis since shortly after taking the job in April 2016.
After NCAA tournament upset, UMBC basketball loses staff member to another job — but it's not Ryan Odom
UMBC director of recruiting and program development Griff Aldrich was named the head coach at Longwood on Thursday.
“We have to balance thoughtfulness and expediency, and we're looking to do both of those," athletic director Tim Hall said.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking to capitalize on its unprecedented basketball upset by registering trademarks for “UMBC Retrievers,” “Retriever Nation” and “16 over 1.”
Stephen Curry, Under Armour’s top basketball ambassador, sent UMBC’s team a surprise shipment of his latest shoe model after the 16th-seeded Retriever’s victory over top-seeded Virginia.
After the game, the UMBC Retrievers retreated from the biggest of stages to a tiny locker room, where they shared small but important consolations.
No. 16 seed UMBC's valiant bid to reach Sweet 16 falls short, 50-43, against No. 9 seed Kansas State
Cinderella UMBC hangs tough throughout its second-round game against Kansas State but is undone in the end by its cold shooting.
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.
Ahead of UMBC’s next matchup in the men’s basketball NCAA tournament Sunday night, the program and school continued to enjoy high-profile attention unlike any its received before.
Not only did the UMBC upset of No. 1 Virginia create waves across college basketball. It also created opportunities for all the dog photos.
Sports Illustrated has released a special digital-only cover commemorating UMBC's stunning rout of top overall seed Virginia in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
In 1997, another team from Baltimore caused a similar stir when No. 15 seed Coppin State beat No. 2 seed South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. UMBC followed suit on Friday.
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.
Some Baltimore area viewers who don’t have cable might be wondering why the telecast of the NCAA matchup between UMBC and Kansas State is going to to be on truTV Sunday night instead of CBS-owned WJZ.
The UMBC Bookstore has surpassed their yearly online merchandise sales in just days, and with the surge related to Friday's win, they've created two new T-shirts.
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.
If you were among the blissfully ignorant Friday night wondering, “What’s a UMBC?” we at The Baltimore Sun are here to help after the Retrievers' historic NCAA tournament win.
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“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.
The Retrievers of UMBC become the first No. 16 seed ever to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and prove a time-worn sports cliche: That's why they play the games.
One of the most incredible upsets in sports history deserves some of the most incredulous reactions in internet history.
UMBC made headlines Friday night, becoming the first ever No. 16 seed to win an NCAA tournament game. The Retrievers upset No. 1 Virginia in the opening round of the tournament.
No. 16 UMBC beat No. 1 Virginia, the first such occasion in the history of college basketball, on Friday in the NCAA tournament.
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County students showered love on their mascot True Grit after upsetting Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament.
"C'MON GUYS, you crashed our dang website, our IT people wanna watch the game too, please form an orderly line,' the @UMBCAthletics Twitter account wrote.
Senior Jarius Lyles’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer will go down in UMBC history, but the Retrievers hope that's not the only memorable moment from their season.
“He's done an incredible job,” ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg said ahead of the Retrievers' NCAA tournament game Friday night against Virginia.
The No. 16 seed Retrievers are not expected to last long against No. 1 seed Virginia, but not for a lack of belief.
“You have to earn the right to win and these kids did that," UMBC coach Ryan Odom said after the win over Vermont in the America East final.