Kansas State ends UMBC's Cinderella run, advances to Sweet 16

Ruben Fields
March 20, 2018

"We made history the other night".

With 10 seconds remaining, UMBC substituted in the bench players who worked hard to help their team get to where they are today. Kansas State also gave UMBC ample opportunities to secure another upset - turning the ball over 18 times and shooting 1-for-12 from three-point range.

The game was a brick fight. Jordan Katz, a junior at UMD, talked about how he wanted to go to a school with "high-level" athletics, and didn't even consider UMBC as a safety school. But to those familiar with UMBC before the start of its Cinderella story, the tweet reflects the unfortunate struggle for relevance the honors university in Maryland has endured since its inception. UMBC captured the hearts of the college basketball world with its Goliath-slaying victory over top-seeded Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The final score was 50-43 to Kansas State.

But there had been nothing like this before. They became the first 16-seed in 135 attempts to beat a one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Dave Odom, a former Wake Forest coach and father of Ryan Odom, was here again, along with Ryan Odom's teammates from Reynolds High School. "It was nice of them to open campus up I don't have cable off campus so I'm glad that I was able to come out", said Georgious' boyfriend Alexander Sarfarazi.

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Michigan State and Syracuse thankfully stopped their mutual mugging of the game of basketball before they built a brick house worthy of a Commodores' song. Virginia, the best defensive team in the nation, gave up 74 points and lost by 20. His family was there to celebrate, waving a Puerto Rican flag and holding up a big cardboard cut-out of his face. "It's a very special moment for them right now, making history as a team, but I'm also making history for my country. People that feel like they are underdogs in their life, I think we gave hope to everything they want to do in life". We've been hurting lately.

Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: "Kansas State's first regional semifinal since 2010 and second since 1988 won't get much national mention, not with 98-year-old Sister Jean cheering on Loyola, Nevada's comeback for the ages against Cincinnati, or No. 16-seed UMBC's historic triumph over tourney top-seed Virginia spotlighting the first weekend".

Grant said the Retrievers were not satisfied with just beating Virginia and thought they would win.

Both teams appeared worn out emotionally and physically after winning huge games two days earlier. They see a little bit of their academic journey at UMBC in their team's tournament run. "We have another big challenge ahead of us on Sunday".

The UMBC players didn't go to sleep until after 4 a.m. Saturday, all of them too filled with adrenaline to even consider nodding off.

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