"When I walked over to the sideline and up in front of the sea of yellow of our fan section, they were going insane with us".
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County will have to settle for making basketball history.
"The team with the hard-to-remember name made an unforgettable trip to the NCAA tournament".
Loyola has two upset wins in the tournament - victories over No. 6 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Tennessee. Defensively, Kansas State yields 67.9 points per game against the opposing teams. "We gave hope to smaller seeds". While the opening round produced some very surprising results, it was nothing compared to what we saw in the Round of 32.
UK's foe in that game will be the victor of Sunday night's game between No. 9 Kansas State and - for real - No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
But the madness did not stop there.
In the other matchup in the region, No. 11 seed Loyola is taking on No. 7 seed Nevada. But Friday's win wasn't just an upset: it was a dominating performance where the best team on the court came out victorious. But unlike the rest of the pack, Villanova is playing up to its No. 1 seed. The Wildcats made just enough plays to fend off the cold-shooting Retrievers. Kansas State forward Dean Wade is listed as questionable to play due to a foot injury.
Joe Sherburne, who had 14 points, was huge early in the second half and made believers out of everyone.
The first spot to look?
Lyles also got UMBC into the NCAA Tournament by hitting a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to beat Vermont in the America East Conference championship.
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: "Kansas State's first regional semifinal since 2010 and second since 1988 won't get much national mention, not with 98-year-old Sister Jean cheering on Loyola, Nevada's comeback for the ages against Cincinnati, or No. 16-seed UMBC's historic triumph over tourney top-seed Virginia spotlighting the first weekend".
The four teams to make it to the Sweet 16 out of the South are likely not the schools you may have expected.
Marshall has the nation's leading shot blocker on its side in Ajden Penava, who by himself has more blocks than over 250 D1 teams. The shots that fell easily and regularity against Virginia, especially in the second half, were harder to duplicate against Kansas State. The Retrievers did face a Kentucky team this season, beating Northern Kentucky 76-75 December 17. One Shining Moment could just be scenes from just the first four days and no one would complain.
Meanwhile, we'd be remiss if we didn't recognize the women's basketball team, which has advanced to a Sweet 16 of its own: The Wildcats have won two games to reach that round in the women's NIT.
Thanks to UMBC, No. 16s are now 1-135.
Duke has the best chance to win it all of the remaining ACC teams. "That was a big one for us to see what we could do".