The BIGGEST Upset In NCAA History

  • Published: 20 March 2018
  • When UMBC took on Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament, no one could've predicted the sixteenth seed would upend the 1st seed. However, it was a perfect clash of modern basketball vs old school fundamentals, and Coach Nick shows you why the Retrievers beat the Cavaliers.
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Comments • 568

  • Young Larks
    Young Larks  3 hours back

    I was at this game... absolutely insane time in Charlotte!!

    • Tyler Biggs
      Tyler Biggs  2 days back

      I remember sitting at home trying to watch some games a.d i wss like i want to watch umbc they look pretty good and my dax was like its a 16 vs a 1 seed their gonna win so i watched somewhere else i was right

      • Nathan Chambers
        Nathan Chambers  3 days back

        Ryan Odom not Dave

        • Odin Danielsen
          Odin Danielsen  3 days back

          He does best mates at 8:16

          • Holy Spirit Filled
            Holy Spirit Filled  3 days back

            Incredible breakdown

            • Ethan Radcliffe
              Ethan Radcliffe  4 days back

              I’m from Maryland I was happy

              • Cl4ptppi3eatr
                Cl4ptppi3eatr  4 days back

                They just looked so lazy on their screes and the rest of the offense

                • XYZScorpion
                  XYZScorpion  4 days back

                  7:37 ew. look at the cut of that guy's hand

                  • SpotlightGlobalMusic
                    SpotlightGlobalMusic  4 days back

                    If Virginia's defense was so "outdated" as the reason they lost, how come every other team hasn't just swiped the UCMB decryption codes (or watched this video lol) and mopped the floor with Virginia this year?

                    this is clearly a biased attempt disguised as technical analysis to make an inaccurate generalized sweeping conclusion about Virginia's almost Unstoppable game plan, on a single isolated anomaly game. The maker of this video would have us believe that Hall of Fame coaches at Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse all who Virginia beat that year on their home courts couldn't crack the code, but UMBC was the only one able to figure it out. Virginia had too serious injuries, and this year they are still on a roll, although their only 2 losses, both to Duke, occurred because they only hit two 3-pointers in the first game that they lost by 2 points, and Duke hit a season record 13 3-pointers in the second match, before going back to their 25% three point average in the next game against Louisville. Best way to beat Virginia is to rain down a lethal barrage of 3-pointers, or hope Virginia has a bad day offensively or both.

                    Keep in mind, coach Tony Bennett keeps getting NCAA coach of the year, purely because his defense work so well, and he has these consistent almost perfect seasons without any Superstar players. Results and stats don't lie.

                    That Virginia's long-standing curse since 1980 that prevents them from winning an NCAA Championship, it's something they will have to reckon with. Only a March Madness win can wipe away the awful stain of this loss.
                    Not to take anything away from ucmb for there brilliant execution and Monumental upset, perhaps in the history of all sports. But it's not because the Virginia Defense is "outdated". Let's be real

                    • Nathan Clark
                      Nathan Clark  5 days back

                      Very nice breakdown

                      • lady liberty
                        lady liberty  5 days back

                        UVA players in the nba learn how to play defense the right M Brogdon, M. Scott, J Harris...Bennett doesn't like to recruit 1 and dones but he needs to change.

                        • lady liberty
                          lady liberty  5 days back

                          UVA lost D Hunter 2 days before game. Team was stunned game was over before it began...

                          • ZJ
                            ZJ  5 days back

                            Loved every minute of it

                            • Fortnitesoccer 2126
                              Fortnitesoccer 2126  6 days back

                              You mother f ers are just vt fans

                              • Nolmy300
                                Nolmy300  6 days back

                                The best game I’ve ever watched

                                • Shawn C
                                  Shawn C  6 days back

                                  the greatest upset is when Lehigh University destroyed Duke in the playoffs

                                  • Alex D
                                    Alex D  6 days back

                                    Why did UMBC lost against Kansas State?

                                    • Ty Asperheim
                                      Ty Asperheim  7 days back


                                      • MrNickAch
                                        MrNickAch  7 days back

                                        Ay 10 months later and now I am a graduate of UMBC. Still can’t believe we won lol.

                                        • Luke Morris
                                          Luke Morris  7 days back

                                          You should be a couch honestly.

                                          • LITHUANIAN Avgeek
                                            LITHUANIAN Avgeek  7 days back

                                            Idk why but I felt like this was gonna happen does anyone get that feeling?

                                            • Harry Miram
                                              Harry Miram  7 days back

                                              BIGGEST upset in NCAAB history? Dec. 1982, in what would become the Chaminade Invitational and eventually the Maui Invitational....#1 Univ. Virginia Cavaliers w/Ralph Sampson versus NAIA Chaminade Silverswords in Honolulu, HI. Total enrollment THEN? Approximately 350 students.....EPIC "David v Goliath" matchup....

                                              • SuSgod
                                                SuSgod  1 weeks back


                                                • drfreebird777
                                                  drfreebird777  2 weeks back

                                                  And here I thought it was all because of magic. Nice breakdown.

                                                  • joey middleton
                                                    joey middleton  2 weeks back

                                                    uva trash whats new

                                                    • Antonio Parham
                                                      Antonio Parham  2 weeks back

                                                      Some of the best hoopers aint even ranked

                                                      • PleaseSubscribeToMe
                                                        PleaseSubscribeToMe  2 weeks back

                                                        You know every umbc fan flipped their shit when they saw this

                                                        • John Allen Lauridsen Jr.

                                                          Biggest upset ever?

                                                          Gay as fuck.

                                                          • mark anxrath1
                                                            mark anxrath1  2 weeks back

                                                            What's the music?

                                                            • Ariana H
                                                              Ariana H  3 weeks back

                                                              Being an ACC fan for years. UVA basketball has a history of choking. From ‘83 to now. Give them any star players. They will find a way to loose the big games. Sorry Cavalier fans. The history proves you will have good teams once in a while but never have a dynasty like the NC teams. Good bye.

                                                              • Johnson Wick
                                                                Johnson Wick  3 weeks back

                                                                I just remember the dude doing fortnite dances

                                                                • Jesse Parsons
                                                                  Jesse Parsons  3 weeks back

                                                                  UMBC coach's name is Ryan Odom, not Dave

                                                                • Timothy Norat
                                                                  Timothy Norat  3 weeks back

                                                                  Wow. I loved the analysis of the slip screens. I never realized how big of a deal slipping a screen can be in the wrong situation and how you could take advantage of that weakness.

                                                                  • brady chick
                                                                    brady chick  3 weeks back

                                                                    Thank you UMBC! Awesome win!

                                                                    • Stamatis Paleocrassas
                                                                      Stamatis Paleocrassas  3 weeks back

                                                                      Late but is this just in March Madness? Because I remember hearing a while back that a #1 Virginia team lost to a school with less than 5,000 students lol.

                                                                      • Daniel Putnam
                                                                        Daniel Putnam  3 weeks back

                                                                        I would have voted for Chaminade over Ralph Sampson's Virginia team.

                                                                        • Hollis Robertson
                                                                          Hollis Robertson  4 weeks back

                                                                          Umbc coach new what he was doing

                                                                          • Michael McGee
                                                                            Michael McGee  4 weeks back

                                                                            Virginia is so boring to watch

                                                                            • Avoidance Technologies
                                                                              Avoidance Technologies  1 months back

                                                                              "If they are holding gay shit - if you want to play more - "that means you like it"; if, you quit - it would start a fight, if quitting only wins = it's because (one or you) know this".

                                                                              • hulk jon
                                                                                hulk jon  1 months back

                                                                                I'm not lying but I actually wanted UMBC to win before the game began. I swear I'm not lying. I knew for a fact Virgina was going to lose by my gut

                                                                                • Andrew Furrer
                                                                                  Andrew Furrer  1 months back

                                                                                  UVa is 47-3 in their last 50 games. Safe to say this was a total fluke due in large part to Hunter's injury. Unanimous number one last year. Number one at KenPom right now. Looks like the pack line is pretty effective.

                                                                                  • Von Staufenberg
                                                                                    Von Staufenberg  1 weeks back

                                                                                    +TyrantRex Dominate might be too strong a word for what UVa has done in the ACC under Bennett, but the whole point is that he wins MORE with LESS than anyone in that league and probably in the entire country. I'm no UVa fan, BTW. I just marvel at how much he wins with the same sort of players that schools like Syracuse, ND, Clemson, Fla St, Miami, etc, manage get by and scrape into the NCAA tournament with most years.

                                                                                    You say he has to recruit "harder". What does that mean, in reality? It means cheat more in recruiting. Let's be honest, Tark had it right when he quipped, "The NCAA is mad as hell at Kentucky, so they're going to give Cleveland St three more years of probation". It's all but impossible for him to compete for lottery pick players with schools like Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas and, until this latest fiasco, Arizona. They've all but cornered the market for years, and no one can complete with them. Unless they throw the book at all of them, that's not going to change. Why would you go to a school like Auburn or wherever, where you might get "DQ'd" ,when you can go to one where you are almost untouchable, like Duke or UNC?

                                                                                    If you throw out Bennett's first 3 or 4 years at UVa, here's what you've got:

                                                                                    13-14: 30-7, 16-2 in ACC, 1st reg season, 1st ACC tournament
                                                                                    14-15: 30-4, 16-2, 1st (tie) reg season
                                                                                    15-16: 29-8, 14-5, 2nd (tie reg season
                                                                                    16-17: 23-11, 11-7
                                                                                    17-18: 31-3, 17-1, 1st reg season, 1st ACC tournament
                                                                                    18-19: 20-2, 8-2

                                                                                    That's a cumulative 81-19 in ACC regular season play and twice winning both the regular season and tournament titles. Dominate? Maybe not, but he has fewer ACC losses in the last 5.5 years than most coaches with similar recruits have in their 2 worst years.

                                                                                    I think I've clouded my point about Bennett, but what I am disputing is any analysls, such as that presented in this video, that suggests he loses in NCAA tournament play because his system doesn't work. It obviously works. I wish it didn't work so well because I root for one of those teams he's been beating regularly. He loses in NCAA tournament play for two reasons: (1) He hasn't been lucky yet and (2) He doesn't have the best players. He will eventually win without the best players, IMO, but you never know when that might happen.

                                                                                  • TyrantRex
                                                                                    TyrantRex  1 weeks back

                                                                                    +Von Staufenberg Tony Bennett has a winning record against every team in the ACC, except Duke. He is 3-10 against K and the boys. He is also just over .500 against UNC (8-7), FSU (8-7), and Miami (8-6). So I wouldn't say UVA DOMINATES the likes of Duke and UNC, but they have certainly done very well overall in the ACC. Top tier for sure, but even as "dominant" as Virginia has been recently they have yet to get past the Elite Eight. Tony Bennett needs to recruit harder. That defense will only get them so far.

                                                                                  • Von Staufenberg
                                                                                    Von Staufenberg  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I don't even know if this loss was actually the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history in terms of the difference in talent level between the two teams involved. It certainly wasn't the biggest upset in NCAA history. Ironically, that might have been a different UVa loss -- ie, with Ralph Samson vs a Div 2 (if that) team, Chaminade. As you point out, UVa was without their most talented player. WADR to their other good players, UVa has probably ranked somewhere between 25 and 60 in terms of recruiting most years. I don't pay that close attention to it, but they're not a top 5 or 10 team most years based solely on the talent level. I thought the team that went down to Syracuse in the Elite 8 was more talented than last year's team even with Hunter. Without him, they didn't have No 1 seed talent by a long shot. They deserved that seed but it wasn't because they had great individual talent.

                                                                                    What's remarkable is that Bennett consistently DOMINATES in the ACC against schools like Duke and UNC who ARE in the top three in recruits nearly every year. While other ACC teams that have similar recruiting classes struggle to even make the NCAA's, he's getting No 1 seeds. He's unbelievably good, IMO. They might fall short again this year for the same reason. He's got less raw talent to work with than Duke, for sure, and probably several other teams, but to point to one game and say, "he got outcoached" or "this system doesn't work" is nonsense. The record doesn't lie. The system works.

                                                                                • AAC Penguin
                                                                                  AAC Penguin  1 months back

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                                                                                  • Sky King
                                                                                    Sky King  2 months back

                                                                                    Just one lucky game.

                                                                                    • Wesley Adolph
                                                                                      Wesley Adolph  2 months back

                                                                                      To busy worrying about Virginia got clapped by ksate next game

                                                                                      • N8
                                                                                        N8  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Wesley Adolph it was a close game, no clapping involved

                                                                                    • Geoffrey Davis
                                                                                      Geoffrey Davis  2 months back

                                                                                      The ACC is always so overhyped and now it has the biggest hoops black eye in the history of March.

                                                                                      • Fitchbomb Gaming
                                                                                        Fitchbomb Gaming  2 months back

                                                                                        Ooooo spoooky I’m 8 months in the future have lived down the road from umbc my whole life and wanna let u guys know that as of right now umbc can’t beat a team of potato’s

                                                                                        • {Saussay} Arbyz
                                                                                          {Saussay} Arbyz  2 months back

                                                                                          As a UVA fan I’m only slightly troggered

                                                                                          • michiganmcbride
                                                                                            michiganmcbride  2 months back

                                                                                            In college basketball, if Virginia had switched to a zone they probably would've won. They didn't want to go to zone as a 1 Vs 16