3 of 5 Bleacher Report writers pick UMBC to upset Kansas State in NCAA Tournament

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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