The Washington Kastles look to hoist the Billie Jean King cup for the second year in a row this weekend at the 2012 World Team finals.Despite the momentum of their 30 match winning streak, they'll have to dismantle their rivals, the New York Sportimes, en route to the finals. The Kastles opened with a win over the Sportimes, but it was a close contest as Washington edged New York just 20-18 aided by the clutch play of, Bobby 'The Closer' Reynolds, in the final match.Reynolds, along with veteran and doubles specialist, Leander Paes, were instrumental in the Kastles victory capturing both men's singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles.The Kastles other sister act, Anastasia and Arina 'Hot Rod' Rodionova, however struggled versus the Sportimes, dropping both events.This time around, reigning Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion, Venus Williams, will be suiting up for Washington as they face the Sportimes.When Venus joined the Kastles in New York on July 21st, she defeated another former World No. 1 Martina Hingis 5-1. Williams was victorious in both overtime games and didn't drop a point during the 7 point Supertiebreaker leading the Kastles to a 21-20 win. Earlier this week, Coach Murphy Jensen noted that the Kastles success isn't the result of one superstar's 'herculean' effort, but rather the cohesiveness of the squad. But it can't hurt to have Williams' massive serve on the Kastles side of the net.If the Kastles capture the Eastern Conference title to advance to the finals, they'll face the Sacramento Capitals who swept all 5 sets to beat the Orange County Breakers, 25-15 Friday night. The Kastles know it won't be easy taking down the Capitals, whom they survived in the regular season 21-19. But luckily for the Kastles, the Caps will be without marque player Sam Querrey, who is representing the U.S. team in Davis Cup action. Meanwhile, both Reynolds and Paes opted to play in the WTT Finals this weekend versus representing their respective countries in the Davis Cup.Paes's decision caused a stir in his native India, and he said of his decision, "We come together as a team; as a community. I love playing on the Kastles team. This week the Indian Davis Cup team is playing New Zealand back in India, but the fact that I am here to support the ideals of what were trying to doshows how much I care for this team."
They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.
As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.
All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.
The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.
The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.
Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.
It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:
Seth, it's 5-2 https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
and they were relentless.
Virginia leads UMBC 7-6 with 11:58 remaining, someone please inform Seth https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Lamar 3 puts us up 9-7 with 11 mins to go in first half https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Virginia leads UMBC 13-10 in a game that is still happening, in fact, there's 7:20 left in the 1st half. https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
At the half UMBC 21, No.1 Virginia 21. This is fun. Y'all havin fun? We're havin fun— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:
Hi everyone, in case you didn't see, Seth Davis tweeted this one minute into the game pic.twitter.com/vDlrcOtJOn— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:
We won 24 games and a conference title, it's not like we are a YMCA team, dude https://t.co/TNYHHdwNZy— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Just havin fun, cuz that's all 16 seeds are supposed to do https://t.co/QdZfjNFFle— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
As someone the graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:
Once again, we won 24 games and have a good defense, but we're just a commuter school, right? https://t.co/RwtvyA5ZvC— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Second Half about to start, no matter what happens we just want you all to remember......we are conveniently located just outside of Baltimore and have stellar academics— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
WOOOO, NEW BULDINGS! https://t.co/lg6aAj7Cc6— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
More Seth Davis:
Hi Seth, remember when you declared the game over at tip? We are up 14 with 14 minutes left https://t.co/duUviOMvZO— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Back to Twitter:
It's v v loud in here, either cuz they just restocked the hot dogs or because we are up 45-29 with 11:39 to go— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:
C'MON GUYS, you crashed our dang website, our IT people wanna watch the game too, please form an orderly line— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Game. Set. History.
PUT SOME RESPECK ON IT! WE HAVE DEFEATED NO.1 OVERALL SEED VIRGINIA 74-54— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Now here come the shots against other schools:
We also beat UVA on twitter too btw— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:
Ahh we remember this game at Maryland in December....hopefully you enjoyed our game from your couch dude! pic.twitter.com/qwRC9zSQuE— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:
Amazing what happens when an under “dog” gets a fair shot in an expanded playoff 😏— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) March 17, 2018
Congrats on the history, @UMBCAthletics ✊
If we've been keeping up, they'd beat us by 20 RTs— Wendy's (@Wendys) March 17, 2018
Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:
We appreciate it Seth, feel free to pick against us again https://t.co/8lCkfL8Gha— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:
If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.
Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.
After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.
Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).
Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.
Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.
Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.
Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch
What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region
Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)
When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Channel: TruTV
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)
UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)
Previous Meeting: First Meeting
Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo
South Region Bracket:
No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo
No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati
UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.
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