• Dr. Herpy

The Upset to End All Upsets

They played freely fearless, going into their game, they had nothing to lose. A No. 16 seed had never beaten a No. 1 seed in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament EVER. Who would ever think that the tiny University of Maryland-Baltimore County would be the ones to break through? Certainly not Virginia, the No. 1 seed, a two-loss team that won the nation’s toughest league (the Atlantic Coast Conference) and its conference tournament. “I definitely did not see that one coming,” said Tim Neroni, a junior at Kenston, “I had Virginia going to the finals!” In the NCAA tournament, anything can happen. The UMBC Retrievers performed under pressure. They were able to create what might have to be considered the greatest upset in college basketball history. Since 1985, No. 1 seeds had advanced at least to the second round 135 consecutive times, meaning that No. 16 seeds went 0-135 for 33 years… This March has officially entered madness. Brackets were busted all over the place, and Kenston senior Derek Winebrenner said, “Not only did they win, they whooped Virginia! They beat them by 20 points! It’s insane.” We’re all thinking the same thing.