16-seed UMBC pulled off the holy grail of NCAA Tournament upsets with a blowout win against 1-seed Virginia. The retrievers seemed nearly unstoppable in the dismantling of the ACC Champs, and because it was the first time most people had seen them play, it’s hard to imagine them as anything other than unbeatable.
But, UMBC wasn’t a 16-seed for nothing and their 25-10 regular season featured some less magical moments, like when they got housed by the University of Albany, 83-39, in January. As incredible as the Retrievers were against UVA, they were equally awful against U of A, and at one point trailed 53-14 in the second half.
These highlights are bizarre considering the incredible first impression they left, but they are human, after all. This one got ugly.