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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County had no chance. Not against mighty Virginia, certainly not against history.
Ten years into his reign at Virginia, Tony Bennett probably could show up in one of Bob Knight’s old sweaters and still be loved by the Charlottesville crowd. The Cavaliers are 143-33 in the past five seasons, and after Sunday’s 57-49 victory over VCU, they are 9-0 and ranked fourth in the country. Of course, the one game people bring up to Bennett all the time is a loss: the Cavaliers’ stunning 74-54 first-round upset to UMBC in the NCAA tournament – the first time in 136 games that a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed.
Little Caesars locations across the country, including several in Spokane, doled out free pizza combos Monday as part of a March Madness promotion that hinged on an unlikely victory in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Madness? Let’s get more specific. It’s really March Schizophrenia. Let ol’ Doc Basketball here explain.
One word succinctly describes what’s transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that’s probably underselling it. A memorable, zany first two rounds – even by March Madness standards – set up what could be another wild two weekends in a tournament where anything can become reality.
Barry Brown scored 18 points, and Kansas State ended UMBC’s brief, but historic run in the NCAA Tournament with a 50-43 victory on Sunday night.
UMBC has made NCAA Tournament history.