When was the final time a No. 15 seed received in March Madness?

Thursday, March 16 marks the fifth anniversary of the one victory by a males’s 16 seed in a non-play-in NCAA event recreation.

University of Maryland Baltimore County not solely upset top-seeded Virginia, it disposed of the Cavs in a trend that a lot of the earlier 132 prime seeds had eradicated 16 seeds. The recreation was tied 21-21 at halftime, however UMBC — behind 23 second-half factors by Jairus Lyles — dominated the ultimate 20 minutes in a 74-54 rout, Virginia’s most lopsided lack of the season.

The Retrievers practically didn’t attain the event in any respect, needing a last-second three-pointer by Lyles to defeat Vermont within the America East championship recreation. UMBC would fall to Kansas State within the second spherical of the Dance 50-43. The Retrievers stay the one 16 seed to win a non-play-in event recreation.

There have been a handful of near-upsets of prime seeds within the opening spherical, most notably in 1989, when Princeton and East Tennessee State each misplaced by some extent within the opening spherical, to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively. A 12 months later, Murray State pushed Michigan State to time beyond regulation, in the end shedding 75-71.

The 15 seed has loved barely extra luck within the opening spherical for the reason that event went to a 64-team subject in 1985, profitable 9 occasions, most just lately final 12 months, when St. Peter’s beat Kentucky 85-79.

UMBC wasn’t the primary 16 seed to win an NCAA event recreation. In 1998, the Harvard ladies’s basketball workforce shocked Stanford 71-67 within the opening spherical. The Crimson stay the one ladies’s workforce to have pulled off the 16-1 upset.

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