Last night history was made during March Madness when the sixteenth seeded University of Maryland Baltimore County upset the number one seeded Virginia Cavaliers, marking the first time that a No. 16 beat a No. 1 in the Men’s Tournament. The first 16 seed to ever do it happened in the Women’s Tournament 20 years ago when No. 16 Harvard took down No. 1 ranked Stanford.
UNREAL. UMBC becomes the first 16 seed to upset to beat a No. 1 seed! #MarchMadness https://t.co/iLdbVhNC0A
Those who stayed awake to witness the beat down, which is one of the greatest sports upsets in all of sports history, were also treated to UMBC’s hilarious reactions on Twitter. Zach Seidel, the mastermind behind the Retrievers’ Twitter game, deserves an award for the hell he unleashed last night after his alma mater’s victory, a stream of fire ten years in the making and one which helped their account gain over 40,000 followers in a few short hours.
Zach’s memory is long so no one was safe after his team’s victory. Check out his skills below:
PUT SOME RESPECK ON IT! WE HAVE DEFEATED NO.1 OVERALL SEED VIRGINIA 74-54
ADVANCE THE BRACKET https://t.co/v7GhTZMDWy
Tell @SethDavisHoops, who sharpied in Virginia at tip, that we said “sup” https://t.co/50MmnsJJqX
We also beat UVA on twitter too btw
Ahh we remember this game at Maryland in December….hopefully you enjoyed our game from your couch dude!
We beat them by 20 @JayBilas that’s a blowout, not a collapse https://t.co/O7lbbHaVVU
We appreciate it Seth, feel free to pick against us again https://t.co/8lCkfL8Gha
Why aren’t you all studying https://t.co/V4Zu8FtlBc
UMBC > everywhere else right now https://t.co/fnQodOcLvC
Even college football chimed in, taking aim directly at the flawed playoff selection system.
Amazing what happens when an under “dog” gets a fair shot in an expanded playoff Congrats on the history, @UMBCAthletics
The Ivy League and Harvard were happily watching too.
A well-deserved welcome to the “16 over 1 club” to @UMBC_MBB & our friends @AmericaEast! #MarchMadness #16Over1Club
Lesson here- don’t come for Zach unless he calls you.
@UMBCAthletics the 1st couple of tweets were funny, and well deserved. But at some point they just seem pathetic. No 1 has ever been where u r now, but it’s time to show some humility and act like you’ve been there before! Save some for Sunday, don’t shoot your whole wad tonight!
Nah, they were against college teams…you might’ve heard of the team we beat for win No.25 tho… https://t.co/evSuo3KIbF
And we just, like, beat the No.1 team in the nation https://t.co/rVokUgbCi4
There are a few lessons to be learned here. Never underestimate your opponent, never assume greatness because of a name and never, ever, never, ever attempt to challenge Zach and the power of the Retrievers’ Twitter game. Congrats UMBC!