You know you have reached some sort of historic milestone when you merit a Wikipedia profile. Thirty-six years ago the Virginia men’s basketball team achieved that status when the Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in the country, with 3-time Player of the Year center Ralph Sampson, were upset by Chaminade, an NAIA school from Hawaii.
The loss has been arguably labeled the greatest upset in the history of college basketball.
On Friday night, the Cavaliers, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, added Chapter 2 to their Wikipedia file by becoming the first No. 1 seeded men’s team to ever lose to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament–for historical purposes, the No. 16 seeded Harvard’s women were the first team to ever beat a No. 1 seed by upsetting Stanford on March 14, 1998.
The Cavaliers didn’t just lose. “”We got our butt whipped,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett after his team was run out of the tournament by UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) 74-54. “That was not even close. A week ago we were cutting down nets (as Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions_ and then we make history by being the first No. 1 seed to lose (to a No. 16 seed).”
For the record, No. 1s are now 135-1 against No. 16s. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.