The UMBC men’s basketball team (24-10) will face the University of Virginia (31-2) in the First Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships to be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C on Friday, March 16. The final South Region first-round game is slated to begin 30 minutes after the contest between Creighton and Kansas State, which starts at 6:50 p.m.
The America East champions are the No. 16 seed in the South region, while the ACC champions are the top seed.
The Retrievers advanced with a dramatic 65-62 victory over top-seeded Vermont in the America East Championship game on Saturday. Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) drained a 23-footer from the top of the key with 0.6 seconds left to give the Retrievers a come-from-behind 65-62 victory over Vermont.
UMBC celebrated their second America East title nearly 10 years after their first crown and NCAA Tournament bid. They will go back to the same state that they played their first NCAA Division I Tournament game.
On March 15, 2008, the Retrievers defeated Hartford, 82-65, at the RAC Arena and earned a No. 15 seed. They faced No. 2 Georgetown in Raleigh, N.C. and fell to the Hoyas, 66-47.
UMBC and Virginia have met three previous time and the Cavaliers have captured all three contests. The most recent game occurred during the 2005-06 campaign and the host Cavs triumphed, 77-66.