The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers busted brackets and upset the number one team in the NCAA Championships on Friday night, redefining the meaning of March Madness. Here's 10 things you need to know about UMBC.
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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers bench reacts to their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The UMBC Retrievers play in the America East Conference. They won 24 games before heading into the NCAA Championships.
UMBC defeated University of Virginia 74-54 in their debut NCAA game on Friday night. Everyone expected Virginia to come out on top because a No. 16 team hadn't ever beat a No. 1 team in men's basketball (Harvard women pulled off a similar upset in 1998).
The school's powerhouse chess program gives scholarships to players from around the world. The basketball team hadn't gotten to the NCAA Championship games at all in a decade, but the school had a 15-year streak of making it to the Final Four of chess, the President's Cup.
The qualifying game against Vermont was tied until Jairus Lyles made a 23-foot shot, earning the Retrievers three points with less than a second left in the game. They won 65-62.
Head coach Ryan Odom was a ballboy for Virginia back in the day, ESPN says, when his dad was assistant coach from 1982 to 1989. After he started coaching, UMBC wrapped up the 2007-08 season as America's third most-improved team.n(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
The team's breakout star, Jairus Lyles, along with three other players are from Southern Maryland. Teammate K.J. Maura's hometown is San Juan, Puerto Rico and Daniel Akin is from Eltham, England.
Jairus Lyles attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. He started at UMBC in 2015 after attending Virginia Commonwealth University and Robert Morris University. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology and currently attends UMBC's graduate school for education. Both of Lyles' parents attended University of Virginia, but we're guessing they still rooted for UMBC. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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#12 Brandon Horvath attended Southern High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and says he's a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. He's considering majoring in economics. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
"It felt like my soul left my body, man," Grant said after the team's upset at their first NCAA championship game. "When I walked over to the sideline and up in front of the sea of yellow of our fan section, they were going crazy with us. And to look back and see my teammates going crazy, too, man it's unbelievable." Grant attended Archbishop Spalding High School and says his favorite book is "The Great Gatsby."
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UMBC Retrievers guard Ishmail Jabbie attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County, where he made the honor roll each quarter. He studies mathematics. (Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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As the players were crushing it on the court, UMBC's Twitter feed was lighting up social media with cocky Tweets, putting University of Virginia fans who didn't take the competition seriously in their place.