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A March Madness Upset for the Record Books

The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament pits 64 college teams against each other to determine the national champion. Teams are ranked 1 through 16 for each grand division. The four best-ranked teams get an easy first game because they are playing #16 seeds. This is usually considered an elimination game. In the men's NCAA basketball history, there have been 135 matchups between #1 seeds and #16 seeds, and the #1 seed always wins. Until last night, when the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers beat the Virginia Cavaliers. And it wasn't even close. UMBC held it to a tie as halftime, and ended up with a score of 74-54. Jarius Lyles, who scored 28 points against the school both his parents graduated from, got the honor of filling in the bracket win.

The odds going into the game were so lopsided that one gambler won $16,800 by putting $800 down on UMBC.

While UMBC goes into the record books, fans across the country are mourning their wrecked tournament brackets. And it's only the first round. UMBC plays #9 seed Kansas State in the second round on Sunday.


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