Kugler: UMBC "Kicked The Crap" Out Of Virginia

UMBC fell shy of the Sweet 16, but its win over UVA was "one for the ages"

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 19, 2018 - 9:32 am

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For all the craziness and late-game heroics that defined the first weekend of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, nothing will top UMBC’s 74-54 win over No. 1 Virginia on Friday. No. 1s were 135-0 against 16s, but that didn’t stop UMBC – University of Maryland-Baltimore County – from taking down the top overall seed in the tournament.

March Madness, indeed.

“You go into those games and you kind of have in your mind what you think will probably happen,” Westwood One broadcaster Kevin Kugler said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence, “and certainly when you’re going into a 16/1 matchup, you go in going, ‘Well, maybe they can keep it close for a while.’ It was the last game of a four-game day, and we’re thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is going to be brutal.’”

It wasn’t. Yes, the game was tied at 21 at halftime, but UMBC routed Virginia (31-3) in the second half, finishing 12-of-24 from three-point range.

“Not only did they score, they routed them,” Kugler said. “That was the weirdest thing about that game. It was historic from the standpoint of a 16 beats a 1 and nobody’s ever seen this before; but it was historic also from the fact that they just kicked the crap out of them. It was unbelievable to see.”

Virginia allowed an average of 53 points this season. UMBC scored 53 – in the second half.

“It was as impressive a performance as I think you’ll see in the tournament,” Kugler said. “No matter what happens the rest of this crazy tournament, that performance against Virginia and the way they thrashed the Cavaliers was one for the ages.”

UMBC almost advanced to the Sweet 16 but lost 50-43 to No. 9 Kansas State on Sunday. The Retrievers (25-11) were within one possession of K-State (24-11) seemingly all night but just couldn’t get over the hump.

Still, their win over Virginia will endure. 

“They have nothing to hang their heads about,” Kugler said. “It was a fabulous weekend, and it was so cool to be in the arena. It was wild.”