CHARLOTTE, N.C. As the sun rose on the Saturday morning celebration of their unprecedented NCAA Tournament upset, Ryan Odom implored his suddenly-famous basketball team to get some sleep.
Kansas State's Wildcats took full advantage of UMBC's shooting struggles to reach the "Sweet 16" for the first time since 2010 - when they made it all the way to the "Elite Eight". UMBC covered the spread as 10-point underdogs while the game went under the total of 135.5. This squad was the most successful in program history, and their community has made their appreciation known.
There's free pizza nationwide, a $10,000 retweet giveaway and a much higher profile for the University of Maryland Baltimore County after the Retrievers' shocking victory in the U.S. national college basketball tournament. UMBC is ranked 212th in offensive efficiency and they managed to put 74 points up on the board. Maybe we'll be the only No. 1 seed to ever lose. "We've got a tough team we have to play on Sunday". The odds will be against Kansas State when they face off with the ultimate Cinderella team.
The team even grabbed the attention of superstar athletes, like NBA MVP Steph Curry who showered the team with new sneakers.
McGonigle, who graduated from UMBC in 2008, is riding the Retriever Fever as well.
The UMBC upset also ruled out any overall victor for this year's Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway contest, which offers $1 million-a-year for life (and $2 million should home-state teams Creighton or Nebraska win, MarketWatch reports) for any of Buffet's employees who correctly predicts all the winners for the first two rounds during March Madness. Two of them Duke and Syracuse play in the regional semifinals, limiting the conference's earning potential. "We do things together for one another, and obviously when you have a big win like that (over Virginia) and it's so shocking, you know, people love to see that".
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Let us take a moment to truly let that sink in. the UMBC (University of Maryland Back-Up College as bitter Terp fans like to call them) Retrievers did the unthinkable. They weren't pounding their chests or anything. The Retrievers needed a buzzer-beating 3 against Vermont to win their conference title and make the NCAA Tournament, but they showed up believing they could beat Virginia, and the same about Kansas State.
"You're not going." Jerome said, his voice cracking and trailing off. "They've captured our country and beyond from a sporting perspective". Near tears after an 0-for-9 shooting night, Sherburne found consolation in the joy UMBC brought to so many.
"Yeah, we're not satisfied", UMBC guard K.J. Maura said. As for the Wildcats, they get to prepare for some other Wildcats. The Retrievers' second-half numbers were otherworldly.
It's hard to win that way.
He sliced through Virginia's top-ranked defense while getting to the hole six times for layups, and also knocked down three 3-pointers. Those four letters are now synonymous with the biggest upset in college basketball history, but it's a long way from becoming a basketball school. "You wonder why teams will have games where they hit five or seven 3s against us". But, at the same time, we want folks that are highly motivated academically that want to do great things past basketball.