Virginia becomes first ever No. 1 seed to lose as it falls to UMBC, opening path for Kentucky

We saw history on Friday night in as Virginia, the No. 1 overall seed lost on Friday night to No. 16 UMBC, 74-54 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. It is the first time in college basketball history that a No. 1 overall seed has lost to a No. 16 seed.

Virginia had lost just twice all season, and won the ACC, which got 9 teams into the NCAA Tournament, perhaps making the loss even more stunning. Before tonight, Virginia had not trailed by more than 13 any game this season. Virginia also had the best defense in KenPom history coming into the tournament.

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary is Kentucky  who has seen the No. 4 and the No. 1 seed in their region lose as Arizona also got smacked by Buffalo on Thursday night.

Naturally, Twitter took great joy in it being the first time ever a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1 overall seed.

With Virginia knocked out, the bracket really opens up for Kentucky. The top 4 teams in that half of the region are UMBC, Kansas, Buffalo and the Wildcats. And while the No. 2 and No. 3 seed in the region are still in it, Kentucky has beaten the No. 3 seed in Tennessee.

By compassion, the other No. 1 seeds all won their games by double digits.  No. 1 overall seeds had been 135-0 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Before tonight, it had happened only once on the women’s side.

Kentucky and Buffalo tip off at 5:15 p.m. ET on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. The game will air on CBS. UMBC will play Kansas State.

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