UMBC just won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. As a 16-seed. Over the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament field.
Talk about history.
UMBC just became the mid-major school every college basketball fan will know about as the first-ever 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed.
So where the hell is Maryland-Baltimore County?
It’s a small school in Catonsville, Maryland less than 10 miles west of Baltimore. The school has just under 14,000 total students, about 2,500 of them graduate students.
They play their games in the UMBC Event Center in an arena that fits 5,000 people, about 23,000 fewer people than the audience that witnessed them knock out Virginia Friday night in Charlotte.
The Retrievers were playing in just their second NCAA Tournament game in school history, their first appearance a loss as a 15-seed to 2-seed Georgetown in 2008 (6-47).
Arguably the best thing to know about the Retrievers? Their retriever mascot is named True Grit. Amazing.