In the college sports world, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are known for one thing: being the first team in NCAA Tournament history to knock off a No. 1 seed as a No. 16 seed. In one of the biggest upsets in sports history, they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers in the opening round of last year's tournament.
The UMBC Basketball Twitter account gained a significant following during last year's tournament. They had some very clever ways of celebrating one of the biggest upsets in school history.
That loss has been on the mind of every Virginia player since. Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy even changed his Twitter avatar to a picture of him crying with UMBC celebrating from last year's game.
Pretty amazing story that Virginia was the first ever 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed and they bounced back and won a title.— kade fleming (@Kade23North) April 9, 2019
.@kylejguy5 made this his profile picture after their loss last year, now he’s cutting down the nets #IndianaNative pic.twitter.com/ouzwOHfr91
But a year later, practically that same Virginia team defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday, winning their first National Championship in school history. What a difference a year makes.
When the final horn sounded Monday evening and the confetti came down, the UMBC basketball Twitter account was very supportive of the Cavaliers. In a very classy tweet, the program congratulated the Cavaliers on the title and an incredible turnaround from a season ago.
What an incredible season for UVA. That was truly a turnaround for the ages! Congratulations, champs! 🏆— UMBC Men's Basketball (@UMBC_MBB) April 9, 2019
While UMBC may have had a lot of fun over the past year, the Cavaliers earned the last laugh, as they were the last team standing in 2019 after being one of the first eliminated in 2018.
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