By Deke Lloyd
UMBC stands for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s a small university less than 10 miles from downtown Baltimore, with a little over 13,500 students attending. Before Friday, this little known university was looking for their first win in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but made history after it was over.
UMBC’s mascot is the Retriever, like the breed of dog, and the basketball team lived up to the underdog moniker to even get into the big dance. The Retrievers play in the American East Basketball conference, which is a small conference with only one way to get into the NCAA Tournament, and that is to win the American East Basketball Tournament. UMBC advanced to the finals against Vermont, who was riding a 15 game winning streak coming into the game and the favorites to clinch the automatic bid. Continue reading UMBC’s buzzer beater heats up NCAA tournament