UMBC Player Compares Beating Virginia to Winning Fortnite ... Really

Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins is consoled after fouling out during the second half of the team's first-round game against UMBC in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Charlotte N.C. Friday

Did you wake up this morning and notice that the "Best Possible" column in your bracket is a lot lower than when you went to sleep?

In 2015-16, He earned America East second-team recognization and was the AE and College Sports Madness Player of the Week on February 7 and an AE winter-spring honor roll member.

It's probably not fair that a season that saw Virginia go from unranked to No. 1, saw it win at Duke for the first time since 1995, and saw it win the ACC by four games, then back it up with a conference tournament title, will be remembered, instead, for 40 lousy minutes of basketball in Charlotte against an unheralded-turned-historic UMBC team.

"It should make you forgive and forget", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We've seen this many, many times with him, and I don't know if anybody could ever predict the guy would go from an unknown to a first-team All-American, but he is one terrific guard". "It's a very special moment for us".

It was Lyles who got the Retrievers here, so it was only fitting he carried them to a historic win. He also knocked down a pair of three-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead. Effectively the entire second half was just a complete beatdown.

THAT was supposed to be their big upset.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows the University of Virginia's operating budget for its athletic department is about $92.7 million compared to UMBC's at about $12.9 million. I told these guys in the locker room, a week ago we were cutting down the nets at the ACC Tournament and how good that felt. "We just wanted to make history". And since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no No. 16 seed had ever advanced to the round of 32 in 135 attempts. The school's top ranked team lost a regular season game to lowly NAIA team Chaminade in 1982.

However, they lost a star player, De'Andre Hunter, to an injury before the tournament began. "Nothing really surprised us, we just kind of, I don't know, we didn't execute the game plan offensively". It's considered by many among the greatest upsets in college basketball history. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup. His family was there to celebrate, waving a Puerto Rican flag and holding up a big cardboard cutout of his face.

"They thoroughly outplayed us", Bennett said. It also marked the largest victory by an unranked team over a No. 1 team in the history of college hoops.

"I think everyone's aware of that".

So what's next in UMBC's bag of tricks?

The Retrievers will move on to play Kansas State this Sunday.

Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points to lead UMBC past Virginia, which was 31-2 during the 2017-18 season before Friday's game. Here's to The Retrievers of UMBC may this year's Cinderella team continue to entertain and dance. We're talking Big East peers.

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