Historic Upset: #1 UVA falls to #16 UMBC

Posted at 11:36 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 09:00:26-04

CHARLOTTE -- No. 1 seed UVA suffered the biggest upset in NCAA history with their 74-54 loss against No. 16 seed UMBC during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

Number one seeds had been perfect, 135-0, versus number 16 seeds in the NCAA tournament since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

The Cavaliers were 31-2 headed into Friday's game against Maryland-Baltimore County. Virginia had a perfect 3-0 against the Retrievers, with the most recent victory coming at the Richmond Coliseum back in 2005.

The Cavaliers not only won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, with ease, UVA was crowned ACC tournament champions last Saturday after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels, 71-63.

Virginia was also the only team in Division I basketball to not allow 70 or more points yet this season. The Retrievers scored 74 on Friday night.

This year’s NCAA tournament appearance marks a school-record fifth straight and 22nd overall.