March Madness is known for wild upsets and Cinderella stories, but if there's one match-up that the committee seems to always get right, it's the 16-seeds and the 1-seeds. They face top overall seed Virginia.
A No. 16 seeded team has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Retrievers take the court around 9pm in there first trip in the big dance since 2008.
KJ Maura, the 5'8 senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico, steadied the offense as the diminutive point guard scored 10 points and did his best Bob Cousy impression, using his speed and size to his advantage as the Cavaliers tried to get back in the game by pressuring UMBC.
The most dramatic of those road wins came against Louisville, 67-66, on March 1 when De'Andre Hunter banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer, completing a comeback in which Virginia scored five points in a less than a second.
Previously, #16 seeds had been 0-132 in tournament play, with really no close calls to speak of. He's the son of former Virginia assistant coach Dave Odom. Virginia had allowed just 54.3 points per game this season, the fewest in the nation. And they played teams like Duke and North Carolina. He made the free throw to put the Retrievers up, 24-21, and then he knocked down a 3-pointer. Devon Hall is behind him with 12 points averaged per game, while Isaiah Wilkins is strong on defense with a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game.
Instead of trying to chip away at the lead and pound the ball inside against the smaller Retrievers, Virginia repeatedly shot 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers had their season end prematurely as a No. 1 seed for the third time under coach Tony Bennett, who had been voted ACC coach of the year. The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.