If a team is capable of not just beating the No. 1 overall team in the tournament, but destroying them by 20, then it stands to reason that the same team has at least a puncher's chance to keep advancing in the Big Dance.
In order for that to happen, UMBC will have to upset a ninth-seeded Kansas State team that put together an impressive 69-59 first round win over Creighton. While many assumed the score was just a fluke and Virginia would come out with a vengeance in the second half that wasn't the case.
Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored a game-high 28 points for the Retrievers.
Chaminade's 77-72 stunner over Ralph Sampson and then No. 1-ranked Cavaliers in 1982 in Hawaii was generally considered the most remarkable upset in college basketball. But that was the regular season.
Mike McGuirl added 17 points and Kamau Stokes had 11 as the Wildcats won a first-round NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2012. Odom got a $7,500 bonus for the Retrievers winning the America East Conference tournament, which guaranteed UMBC's ticket into the field of 68.
"It should make you forgive and forget", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. I'm sure we're going to hear more stories over the rest of the weekend about bettors who had money-line parlays on a bunch of favorites that hit all the other teams before losing with Virginia. The America East Conference champion Retrievers - who had lost by 44 points at Albany on January 21 - turned a 21-all tie into a second-half romp.
In the second half, UMBC opened up a 16-point lead with a 24-8 spurt. Joe Sherburne, Arkel Lamar, and K.J. Maura all tallied double-digit points for UMBC with 14, 12, and 10, respectively.
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Instead of trying to chip away at the lead and pound the ball inside against the smaller Retrievers, Virginia repeatedly shot 3-pointers.
Chants of "UMBC" echoed through the arena.
This was, however, the Cavaliers' earliest and most painful exit. Virginia was the number one overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
March Madness history was made as Virginia became the first 1-seed to ever lose to a 16-seed.
For UMBC, simply reaching the NCAA tournament represented just how far the program has progressed under second-year coach Ryan Odom. They ride their pumpkin ride to the second round, where they will meet the Kansas State Wildcats.
With Virginia's loss, teams favored by 20 or more in the NCAA tournament are 155-3 straight up since 1985.
UMBC scored 53 points in the 2nd half. No. 13-seed Marshall knocked off No. 4-seed Wichita State as a 13.5-point underdog.
The Cavaliers were without prize redshirt freshman De'Andre Hunter, one of the heroes of their ACC championship run, who learned earlier in the week that he had a broken left wrist and would require surgery.
Kerwin Roach had 26 points for Texas (19-15) and shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range.