Brogdon, defense lift No. 4 Virginia over Georgia Tech 72-52


Brogdon, defense lift No. 4 Virginia over Georgia Tech 72-52

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After little-used Virginia senior Evan Nolte let fly a corner 3-pointer while getting fouled, he wound up on the ground. So he couldn't tell whether the shot went in -- until all those roars from a partisan ACC Tournament crowd that soon was chanting his name.

"I let it go and I thought I missed it badly. I got hit in the face, so I couldn't even see it," said Nolte, averaging 1.6 points this season. "But then I realized I made it, heard (the reaction), and that was a surprise."

With contributions from up and down the roster supplementing conference player of the year Malcolm Brogdon's 26 points, and plenty of support in the orange-filled stands, No. 4 Virginia moved into the ACC semifinals by beating Georgia Tech 72-52 on Thursday night.

Everyone knows what Brogdon can do, but players such as Nolte (six points) and Mike Tobey (nine points) played roles, too, including when it came to Virginia's typical stingy defense, which held Georgia Tech to a season-low-tying point total.

"When those other guys can give us a lift, hitting a shot, doing some things, it makes a big difference," said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, whose team will face No. 11 Miami or Virginia Tech in the semifinals. "We needed that really early."

At the get-go Thursday, the Cavaliers (25-6) made things tough for Georgia Tech (19-14), which started 0 for 4 on field-goal tries, settling for off-balance heaves late in the shot clock. By the end, the Yellow Jackets had 14 turnovers and a shooting percentage of 41 percent.

Still, Georgia Tech did briefly right itself, making six consecutive attempts to go ahead 16-11. That's when Brogdon started to assert himself, scoring eight points in a row during a mini-run that put his team ahead 28-22 and made the arena sound like a Virginia home game.

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"Coming out of the tunnel, I saw those orange shirts," said Anthony Gill, who had 12 points and eight rebounds for Virginia. "I was just stunned."

At halftime, Brogdon had 14 points, and the Cavs led 30-28. When he departed to a standing ovation with a little under 3 minutes remaining, it was 70-47.

"He's really versatile," said Adam Smith, who led Georgia Tech with 16 points. "His teammates always know where he is."

Georgia Tech is not exactly an offensive juggernaut, but it did average 73.5 points entering the conference tournament -- and it did beat Virginia 68-64 on Jan. 9. The Cavaliers dominated this matchup with the sort of play that allowed it to rank second in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 59.6 per game.

It didn't help Georgia Tech that its leading scorer, Marcus Georges-Hunt, missed a few minutes in the second half when he crashed to the court after rising up to block a shot and hurt his tailbone.

He stayed down for a bit, then shuffled slowly toward the locker room. Georges-Hunt returned to the game, but was not the guy who scored 28 against Clemson in the second round, finishing with seven points on 1-of-8 shooting.

"Put us in a tough spot," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said about Georges-Hunt's injury.

Nolte's four-point play and a jumper soon after boosted Virginia to a 49-35 lead, and the margin kept growing.

Brogdon tacked on a 3. London Perrantes added another. A layup by Brogdon made it 67-45. And so on.

"They're so good defensively, consistent defensively," Gregory said, "that all of a sudden, they go on a stretch where they make some shots, and a four- or five-point game is a 13- or 15-point game."


Defending tourney champ Notre Dame will meet No. 7 North Carolina in the other semifinal. Notre Dame got past Duke 84-79 in overtime, while UNC beat Pittsburgh 88-71.


Georgia Tech: A victory would have given Georgia Tech its first 20-win season since 2009-10.

Virginia: Won the ACC Tournament two years ago. ... Brogdon is the first in ACC history to win player of the year and defensive player of the year honors in the same season.


Virginia: Plays No. 11 Miami or Virginia Tech on Friday.

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

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.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


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

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Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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