Archived coverage of UMBC in the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament

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.

Eight days in March (Part 2): An oral history of UMBC's historic NCAA tournament upset of Virginia

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.

After loss to Vermont in America East final, no return trip to NCAA tournament for UMBC

After upsetting Virginia last season, the Retrievers fell one step short of a return trip.

UMBC men's basketball holds off Hartford in double OT, advances to America East title game

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.

For UMBC men’s basketball, defense is a building block for success

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 men's basketball captain Joe Sherburne named Academic All-American of the Year

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.

UMBC men’s basketball opens America East tournament with win over Albany; Hartford next

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.

CBS Sports Network revisits historic UMBC basketball victory tonight on 'Four Sides'

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.

After two shining moments to close UMBC career, Jairus Lyles trying to take the next step

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.

UMBC's NCAA men's basketball tournament upset to be commemorated with a bobblehead

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.

UMBC's Ryan Odom honored as nation's top mid-major coach in men's college basketball

Ryan Odom led the Retrievers to a program-record 25 victories this season, including two of the biggest wins in school history.

Mission accomplished: UMBC makes it into NCAA tournament's 'One Shining Moment' montage

“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.

What's for lunch today? Thanks to UMBC, many decide on free pizza

Little Caesars vowed to feed America if a 16th seed beat a No. 1. The Retrievers made us all chowhounds.

In life after the upset, nothing is the same for UMBC men's basketball

As school President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski said during the celebration: “We have never had a more celebrated period in the history of UMBC.”

UMBC Retrievers men's basketball team honored in Annapolis

Browse pictures above of the Retrievers being honored Monday night in Annapolis by the General Assembly and during a reception hosted by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Retrievers bring home pizza: UMBC's 'crazy' win unlocks deal

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.

UMBC men's basketball coach Ryan Odom agrees to new contract

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.

UMBC won the nation free pizza. Now the campus is getting some too.

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.

UMBC men's basketball team to be honored at State House, on campus and by Orioles

Gov. Larry Hogan will host a reception Monday at Government House to honor the team; a party will be held Tuesday on campus.

With or without Odom, UMBC can build on its NCAA tournament breakthrough

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.

When the NCAA cheering ended, UMBC head coach Ryan Odom headed home to Annapolis

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.

As UMBC basketball enters momentous offseason, contract talks with Ryan Odom begin

“We have to balance thoughtfulness and expediency, and we're looking to do both of those," athletic director Tim Hall said.

UMBC wasn't thinking about trademarks. It is now.

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.”

UMBC team got special delivery of newest Stephen Curry basketball shoe

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.

What they're saying about UMBC after the Retrievers' historic run

Based on what sports writers, UMBC alum and others have to say, their grit and determination will not soon be forgotten.

Bittersweet 16: After dreams of another upset win crumble, UMBC left with memorable morsels

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.

Cinderella run is over, but the fun in Catonsville could just be beginning if UMBC keeps Odom

With Jairus Lyles and K.J. Maura leaving, UMBC must now have to hold on to Ryan Odom.

Schmuck: Now, UMBC is history, but the Retrievers made us all proud

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.

Zurawik: CBS crew delivers stellar truTV telecast of UMBC loss

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.

NCAA tournament: UMBC vs. Kansas State in the second round

Browse photos from the UMBC men's basketball team's second-round NCAA tournament game against Kansas State on March 18, 2018.

A loss for the basketball team, a win for UMBC

For a university long considered something of a well kept secret, analysts said the brief tournament run could be a turning point.

UMBC draws the attention of high-profile figures, notable alumni amid historic NCAA tournament run

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.

All the good dogs that cheered for the UMBC Retrievers this weekend

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 UMBC basketball covered digitally

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.

UMBC's historic NCAA tournament win more than two decades in the making

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.

With NCAA tournament win over Virginia in rear view, UMBC out for more in Round of 32

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.

Schmuck to UMBC: Thanks for the memory

Peter Schmuck relives a big NCAA upset 40 years to the day before UMBC's all-time NCAA bracket-busting victory over No. 1 Virginia.

Thanks to UMBC, there are no more perfect NCAA tournament brackets

It's called March Madness for a reason.

UMBC won a national spotlight for its basketball heroics. But the school has had a hero for years.

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.

NCAA tournament: UMBC opens as — what else? — heavy underdog vs. Kansas State

UMBC could be a double-digit underdog for the third straight game as it faces Kansas State in the Round of 32.

Why UMBC game will be on truTV, not CBS-owned WJZ, in Baltimore

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.

NCAA tournament: How to watch UMBC vs. Kansas State on truTV

If you want to watch the game on TV in Maryland, here’s where to find truTV.

UMBC bookstore online merchandise sales surpass yearly sales in just one night. Next: new T-shirts.

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.

The man who named the UMBC mascot turned 70 on day of historic NCAA tournament win

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.

Late to the UMBC bandwagon? Here's what you need to know about the Retrievers

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.

NCAA tournament: TV, tipoff time Sunday announced for UMBC vs. Kansas State

The No. 16 seed Retrievers will face No. 9 Kansas State at approximately 7:45 p.m. Sunday,

'We're not this nerdy': UMBC players compare NCAA tournament history to winning in popular video game

“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.

Five major upsets in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with Maryland ties

Browse photos above to see Baltimore Sun reporter Andy Knobel's look at five NCAA men's basketball shockers through the years with connections to the state of Maryland.

NCAA tournament: No. 16 seed UMBC upsets No. 1 seed Virginia

Browse photos from the UMBC men's basketball team's win over Virginia in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament on March 16, 2018. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to ever topple a No. 1.

Schmuck: UMBC shocks the world and puts Baltimore County on the map

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.

'Shock and awe in college basketball': Watch the end of UMBC's upset of No. 1 seed Virginia

"The NCAA tournament has been turned upside down," Jim Nantz said on the TNT

NCAA tournament: UMBC pulls off a historic upset of Virginia, and the internet loses its mind

One of the most incredible upsets in sports history deserves some of the most incredulous reactions in internet history.

UMBC's victory over Virginia might be greatest upset in college basketball history

Virginia is now the victim of the two greatest upsets in college history — Chaminade in 1982 and now UMBC.

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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.

Never been done: No. 16 seed UMBC topples No. 1 Virginia in historic NCAA tournament upset, 74-54

No. 16 UMBC beat No. 1 Virginia, the first such occasion in the history of college basketball, on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

'We don't even have a football team. Now we won?' Disbelief and pride as UMBC basketball upsets Virginia

University of Maryland, Baltimore County students showered love on their mascot True Grit after upsetting Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament.

UMBC's website crashes after upset of top-seeded Virginia

"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.

Instant analysis of UMBC's historic NCAA tournament upset of No. 1 seed Virginia

Baltimore Sun reporters react to UMBC's historic upset of No. 1 seed Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

UMBC aims to prove in NCAA tournament it's more than that title-clinching buzzer-beater

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.

Ryan Odom has taken UMBC basketball to new heights. What will he do next?

“He's done an incredible job,” ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg said ahead of the Retrievers' NCAA tournament game Friday night against Virginia.

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

The No. 16 seed Retrievers are not expected to last long against No. 1 seed Virginia, but not for a lack of belief.

UMBC in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

Browse photos from UMBC's participation in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

'Win the game': Jairus Lyles leaves no doubt vs. Vermont as UMBC heads to NCAA tournament

“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.

Watch the 3-pointer that sent UMBC men's basketball to its first NCAA tournament since 2008

Jairus Lyles plays hero, and the Retrievers are headed to the Big Dance.

From Puerto Rico to the America East final, K.J. Maura emerges as UMBC's small wonder

The 5-foot-8 guard was named the America East Conference's shortest-ever Defensive Player of the Year,

How UMBC guard Jairus Lyles and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski reached 'BFF' status

“It has been my honor to know him,” Hrabowski said of Lyles. “It really has.”