On Friday evening, University of Maryland Baltimore County made history and became the first ever No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed with a 74-54 win over Virginia.
The upset victory earned UMBC a trip to the Round of 32 and a date with the 9-seeded Kansas State on Sunday evening.
Can the Retrievers keep the momentum going and send K-State home short of the Sweet 16?
Three of five Bleacher Report writers — David Gardner, David Kenyon and Kerry Miller — said yes, picking UMBC to upset Kansas State and end the Wildcats season.
“Back up. Hold on a second. I never believed I would type this sentence: A No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 BY TWENTY POINTS,”
The Bleacher Report staff wrote.
“The effort, the confidence, the mindset cannot be quantified. UMBC put together a tremendous game on defense and scorched a historic Virginia defense for 12 threes and a 54.2 field-goal percentage. K-State’s results follow a distinct pattern. When the Wildcats allow a three-point clip of 35 percent or better, they’ve mustered a 5-9 record. But in games the opponent could not reach the mark, Kansas State is a tremendous 18-2.”
Simply said, the logic behind favoring UMBC to upset Kansas State can be found in the Retrievers connecting on 12 of 24 three-point attempts in their win over Virginia. If UMBC can hit from deep at anything close to that clip, it could prove to be a long night with an unfortunate ending for Bruce Weber’s club.
If not, K-State could quite possibly be celebrating the school’s 17th Sweet 16 appearance.
Kansas State and UMBC are set to square off at 7:40 p.m. ET on truTV.
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