Retrievers to Take on Kansas State in Second Round of NCAA Championships in Prime Time on Sunday

photo by: Mitchell Layton
photo by: Mitchell Layton

CHARLOTTE – Fresh off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Championships history, the 16th –seeded UMBC Retrievers (25-10) take on ninth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (23-11) in the tournament's South Region Second Round game.

The Retrievers and Wildcats are the nightcap at the Spectrum Center and tip-off time is slated for approximately 7:45 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TruTV with Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson on the call.

A Glance at UMBC  

The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship to defeat a No. 1 seed.

  • UMBC's win over Virginia was…
    • 1. Its first over any ranked team (the Retrievers' only win over a major conference for occurred in December of 2008, when they won at Nebraska, 66-64
    • 2. Its first over Virginia in four meetings
    • 3. Its first-ever win over an ACC team (previously 0-19 vs. current ACC roster)
    • 4. Its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament win
  • The Retrievers recorded their 25th victory of the season, setting a school record for wins. The previous mark of 24 was set in the 2007-08 season, when UMBC made its first NCAA DI Tournament appearance.
  • UMBC is 15 games over .500 for just the second time in its NCAA DI history. The 2007-08 team was 24-8 (+16) before falling to Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.
  • UMBC's six-game winning streak is its highest since a nine-gamer from Jan.–March, 2008
  • UMBC is now 19-0 when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent; 25-3 when shooting better than 40 percent from the floor and 12-1 when outrebounding an opponent.
  • UMBC played its 35th game vs. Virginia, most in a single season in school history.
  • Under Head Coach Ryan Odom, UMBC is 7-2 in post-season play (2 years)
  • Over the last six games, UMBC is 61-of-142 (43.0 percent) from behind the arc.
  • UMBC's rebounding margin of +11 vs. Virginia was its second-highest of the season against a Division I foe (+19 vs. The Citadel)
  • UMBC has never faced Kansas State previously. They have only played two current Big 12 members, posting an 0-3 record vs. Kansas and an 0-2 mark vs. West Virginia.

 

Player Notes

 

  • Graduate student guard Jarius Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./De Matha) scored 28 points and moved into second-place on the school's career scoring list with 1,739 points. He also set the UMBC single-season record for points scored with 653 points and the career record for free throws made with 377.
  • Lyles posted his 16th 20-point game of the season and the 46th (of 85 games at UMBC) in his career.
  • After connecting on 8-of-39 treys over an eight-game span, Lyles has netted 8-of-11 in 27 and 28 points efforts versus Vermont and Virginia.
  • Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) moved into 18th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,091 points, just four behind former teammate Will Darley for 17th position. UMBC improved to 21-1 on the season when Sherburne scores in double figures.  
  • Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) posted his fifth double-double of the season and his first since Jan 3 vs. UNH.
  • Senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) played every minute of a game for the second time this season. He also played all 40 minutes against Hartford (3/6/18). In just two seasons (65 games), Maura has 306 assists, just 3 shy of UMBC's all-time top ten.

 

A Glance at Kansas State

 

  • The Wildcats advanced with a 69-59 win over No. 8 Creighton on Friday. Kansas State never trailed in the game and held the Blue Jays to 33.8 percent shooting. Junior guard Barry Brown led KSU with 18 points and added six caroms. Freshman reserve guard Mike Mcguirl added 17, hitting 3-of-5 from behind the arc. KSU converted 9-of-19 shots from long range.
  • The Wildcats had split their last 12 games before entering the NCAA Tournament.
  • KSU's leading scorer, 6-10 junior forward Dean Wade, did not play versus the Blue Jays due to injury. He averaged 16.5 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game during the campaign. Brown averaged 16.0 points per contest.

 

UMBC Quotable (From Media Day on Saturday)

 

  • Head Coach Ryan Odom on a possible letdown

 "It's always a concern. This is a historical event and we knew that was going to be an issue. I'm not the type of guy that's going to take their phones; that's just not how I do things. It's more about they've got to do the right thing. For us, we experienced this on a much smaller scale when Jairus [Lyles] hit the shot at Vermont. There was a ton of focus on us at that point that we weren't really used to, mostly within the UMBC community and greater Baltimore area. Everybody was excited about going to the dance. Now, this is a little bit of a different story. We have to kind of turn the page and focus here. The biggest thing is, do you want to be done now? Or, do you want to put your best foot forward and continue on because we're playing an excellent team that could easily dismantle us. We've got to do a great job of focusing just like we have every other game that we've played this weekend to put our best foot forward and have a chance."

 

Q: Is there any chance of a letdown tomorrow or have you achieved your goal at this point? Are you satisfied or is there a chance of a letdown?

 

A: "Of course not but we don't want to get too high on ourselves. Even though we made history but we are still trying to block out everything and we have a tough team that we have to play on Sunday and we are preparing for that right now and I think we will be ready."

 

  • Junior center Nolan Gerrity on his reaction to beating Virginia and the attention UMBC has received

A: "I am at a loss for words. I had a little bit of time to spend with my teammates, play a little Fortnite. I am just taking it all in. We are happy to be here and happy to experience this with my team. This is a great experience."

 

Q: On how to block all the noise out and get ready for a game that may be one of the most-watched NCAA tournament games ever

"We are a very easygoing team, and we are used to people coming up to us and being excited about us. It is fuel to the fire. We embrace it."