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Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:46 PM

R you kidding me? UMBC!

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Reply R you kidding me? UMBC! (Original post)
Botany Mar 2018 OP
Laffy Kat Mar 2018 #1
backtoblue Mar 2018 #2
Laffy Kat Mar 2018 #5
Elwood P Dowd Mar 2018 #4
Maraya1969 Mar 2018 #19
SidDithers Mar 2018 #21
brush Mar 2018 #30
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2018 #31
brush Mar 2018 #32
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2018 #34
brush Mar 2018 #35
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2018 #36
Stallion Mar 2018 #9
Ilsa Mar 2018 #16
shenmue Mar 2018 #12
tblue37 Mar 2018 #25
kentuck Mar 2018 #3
underpants Mar 2018 #6
kentuck Mar 2018 #7
underpants Mar 2018 #8
wishstar Mar 2018 #10
Glimmer of Hope Mar 2018 #11
OliverQ Mar 2018 #13
NRaleighLiberal Mar 2018 #14
Ilsa Mar 2018 #15
oswaldactedalone Mar 2018 #17
Awsi Dooger Mar 2018 #18
Staph Mar 2018 #20
SidDithers Mar 2018 #22
Iggo Mar 2018 #24
TheSmarterDog Mar 2018 #23
tblue37 Mar 2018 #26
shanny Mar 2018 #27
MyNameGoesHere Mar 2018 #28
iamateacher Mar 2018 #29
TomSlick Mar 2018 #33

Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:50 PM

1. Don't know what you're talking about...

But love the photo, so I rec'ed it.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:52 PM

2. Your post made me smile

Thank you. My nerves are on the edge tonight.
I think it has to do with college basketball.

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:55 PM

5. Oh, I wondered about that.

Yes, all of us are a little on edge right now. Critter pix help.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:55 PM

4. UMBC beat Virginia in the NCAA. First time ever a 16 seed beat the Number One seed. (nm)

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 12:01 AM

19. And so the picture of the dog............

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:06 PM

21. UMBC Retrievers...nt

Sid

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:42 PM

30. It would help if someone explained what UMBC stands for.

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Response to brush (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:55 PM

31. University of Maryland Baltimore County.

I know, I likewise hate it when people post something with no context.

I happen to be paying just enough attention to know what happened, but the true fans don't get it that not everyone else cares.

But it is a huge bit deal that 16 seed UMBC, who just squeaked into the tournament, beat the top number 1 seed Virginia (there are actually 4 number ones because there are four divisions) because it's never happened before. And they didn't only beat them, they wiped the floor with them. Final score 74-54. I have watched the highlights of that game it is impressive.

The best thing is that this totally messes up everyone's brackets (picking how the teams will do in each round) big time. It would be quite nice if UMBC actually won the whole thing, although not very likely.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 09:06 PM

32. Finally, and thanks. I even watched ESPN reports on them beating Virginia but everyone used...

the initials.

To my knowledge this is the first time the school's sports teams have made a national splash so people not in the Baltimore/DC/Virginia area know about the school.

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Response to brush (Reply #32)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 10:18 PM

34. Exactly.

We all tend to forget that the initials or abbreviations we are totally familiar with might be completely foreign to others.

I actually had to look up those initials when I first heard about UMBC beating Virginia.

This is reminding me of when George Mason did very well in the tournament some years back. GMU is one of the several colleges/universities I've attended, so I rather enjoyed their run.

UMBC is next up against Kansas State, and I'm a bit conflicted, because while I love an underdog, I also have a fond place in my heart for K-State, as my older son attended that school. I guess I can be happy whichever one wins.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #34)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 10:22 PM

35. At least you have a favorite still in. My school, Arizona, got bounced in almost as bad an upset.

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Response to brush (Reply #35)

Sun Mar 18, 2018, 09:53 AM

36. It's been my good fortune to attend

a total of 6 different universities and community colleges. I've lived in enough different parts of the country to have acquired affection for several different schools or even certain professional teams. While I don't pay a great deal of attention most of the time -- I won't have a clue who might be in the running for the World Series until mid September, for instance -- and I almost never watch a game, I try to have a clue about what's going on in general.

It's probably more fun for people who care a lot about one particular school (or pro team), it's also a lot more heartbreaking when their team (or school) loses. Plus, in my case, I can work up some enthusiasm for an underdog team I otherwise wouldn't care about or have heard of.

And the University of Arizona is one of my schools!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:01 PM

9. Lowest Ranked Team in NCAA Basketball Tournament Beat Highest Ranked Team

I actually saw UMBC play in the opener this year against my team SMU in Dallas. First time I had heard of the school.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:10 PM

12. UMBC beat Virginia in men's basketball. UMBC team is called Retrievers

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:23 PM

25. The school's mascot is a Retriever. UMBC Retrievers. nt

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:54 PM

3. Historic!

Unbelievable!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:56 PM

6. Lyles couldnt miss. On a deadball he just threw one up and it barely touched the net

as it went through.

Tony Benner just said “We got our butts kicked”

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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 10:59 PM

7. This is one of those years where any team could win the National Championship.

It's an interesting tournament already.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:01 PM

8. Thats true

UMBC does a team on paper that usually does well in the tournament. Great guard play. Lots of seniors. Can obviously hit 3’s. Etc.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:04 PM

10. University of Maryland Baltimore County beat top team Virginia in March Madness

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:10 PM

11. Holy shit! B'more could always use some good news.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:11 PM

13. UMBC is my school!

 

I'm an alumni. I never did sports there though.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:11 PM

14. Ruff night for UVA!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:17 PM

15. UVA lost its star player to injury, announced

Either Wednesday or Thursday.

The First Four started playing in Dayton on Tuesday. Brackets were filled out by then. Mine is now busted as I had Virginia winning the championship.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:21 PM

17. UMBC is coached by Ryan Odom

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whose Dad, Dave Odom, was a major college head coach at Virginia, Wake Forest, and South Carolina. He recruited and coached Tim Duncan. He was an assistant coach at Virginia when, as the no. 1 ranked team in the '82-'83 season, they lost to an NAIA team from Hawaii called Chaminade. Until tonight, that was considered the biggest upset in college basketball history.

Now his son is the coach who beat Virginia which is now the greatest upset in college basketball history. BTW, the star player for UMBC, Jairus Lyles, has parents who both graduated from UVa. What a crazy set of coincidences.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 11:27 PM

18. Virginia struggles to score

 

I am a Canes season ticket holder so I see Virginia every year. It is a very tenacious defensive team but I've always believed if any type of team is vulnerable to a huge upset it is one that simply can't score. Last season Virginia collapsed late in the season due to the same problem. I think they were also upset in the first round. This year's team was not nearly as offensively challenged but it's not the type of issue you can completely overcome in one season.

Remember that Georgetown in 1989 nearly lost to Princeton for the same reason -- low scoring game and inability to score. It took a last second blocked shot to survive the upset.

Higher scoring top seeded teams have many more possessions, and therefore greater likelihood that the manpower advantage plays out.

Nate Silver had an article about this a year or so ago. Basically it was that the #16 seeds were overdue for a win, based on the mathematical odds. He was he wouldn't necessarily predict an upset within the next year or two but it definitely should happen within the next decade.

For reference purposes, Virginia was a 20.5 point favorite. I lived in Las Vegas and bet sports for 25 years. Normally the #1 seeds were favored between 28 and 36 points. I remember examples in the 40s, like Duke one season favored by 46 points in the opener.

Once the favoritism drops to 20 points, that is an entirely different realm of likelihood. It is not linear. The theoretical opportunity soars. It is more like a regular season game, which often feature spreads in the 20 range.

A 20 point favorite is more like the #2 seeds always used to be. Some of them have lost. In recent years there has been less imbalance and the #1 seeds are seldom favored by 30+ anymore.

BTW, I remember the women's game when Harvard upset Stanford as 16 seed. I watched it throughout. Stanford opened as 28.5 point favorite and was bet up to -31.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 07:44 PM

20. A couple of great quips!

Last night was Virginia's biggest loss since half the state left during the Civil War!


What's the difference between Virginia and West Virginia? West Virginia still has two teams in the NCAA men's tournament!


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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:08 PM

22. University of a Million Brackets Crushed!...

From their home page.



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:22 PM

24. LOL...nice!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:17 PM

23. Good looking dog

 

I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Response to TheSmarterDog (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:24 PM

26. The school's mascot is a Retriever. UMBC Retrievers. nt

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Response to TheSmarterDog (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:26 PM

27. UMBC "Retrievers" beat UVA--16th seed took out #1 seed nt

 

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:30 PM

28. Beautiful Chessie

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 08:33 PM

29. I went to UMAB

Completely different school. UMBC was a small school back in the day. Now they are the 4th largest school in Md. And they beat UVA. Go Retrievers!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 10:06 PM

33. UMBC - U Must Be Cinderella.

I stole this fair and square from one of the TV guys last night but it works.

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