There have been many Cinderella Stories that have captured the hearts of College Basketball fans around the world. It is part of the allure that comes with the NCAA Tournament, fans hope to see a small school pull off an upset over some of the collegiate blue blood programs. Over the past several years we have seen more and more higher-seeded teams fall victim to the David vs Goliath mantra in this tournament. With this weekend’s Final Four approaching in San Antonio, we have gone ahead and assembled our top five biggest March Madness upsets in NCAA history.
5) Maryland Baltimore County (16 Seed) Defeats Virginia (1 Seed) 2018
We don’t have to look far when starting off our list, as we begin with a game played in this year’s tournament. It is hard to put an opening round game in the top five biggest March Madness upsets of all time, just because it is so early on in the tournament, but this one makes the list because it was the first time in history a #1 seeded team (Virginia) lost to a #16 seed (Maryland Baltimore County). Entering this game, #16 seeds were 0-135 against #1 seeds and lost by an average margin of 21 points.
Maryland Baltimore County didn’t care about the odds against them, as they stuck to their game plan and put pressure on a Virginia team that had not faced any adversity all year. Virginia would try to make a game of it, but Maryland Baltimore County would cement its place in history with a late run, which was lead by Senior Gaurd Jarius Lyles who finished the game with 28 points. Not only did the Retrievers of Maryland Baltimore County upset the #1 overall seed in the tournament, they handed them a heavy defeat, beating Virginia by 20 points, not even making this game somewhat close. It was truly one of the greatest upsets in tournament history.