UMBC was a 20.5-point underdog against Virginia in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The No. 16-seed Retrievers trailed by six points, 16-10, with just over six minutes remaining in the first half before outscoring the No. 1-seed Cavaliers by 28 points the remainder of the game en route to a 20-point win, 74-54. It was the first – and still only – win by a 16-seed in the tournament history.
It was the second-biggest March Madness betting upset of all time (by spread); only Norfolk State won – over Missouri in 2012 – as a bigger underdog (+21).
How Far Did UMBC Go in the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
UMBC lost to Kansas State in the Second Round of the 2018 tournament. They led by as many as eight points in the first half and were within three minutes with five minutes remaining in the game before losing, 50-43.
UMBC hasn’t returned to the NCAA Tournament since 2018. Virginia, meanwhile, won the national championship one year later.
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