First, the most sincere congratulations to our new enemies from Catonsville on knocking off a one-seed in the first round. Until someone else does it, UMBC will stand alone and, if you think about it, as a calling card it’s more valuable to them than winning the entire tournament would be to nearly any other remaining team.
(Marshall. Nevada. Not Loyola; after all, they’ve already won it once. And not Butler or Gonzaga either, because they’re already basketball-famous despite never having won the crown.)
But the singular achievement part... that’s not entirely true, is it? In 1998, the 16th-seed Harvard Crimson stunned an injury-plagued Stanford squad coming off three consecutive women’s Final Four appearances. (And they did it at Stanford, no less.)
What’s truly important for you, K-State fan, is this:
Harvard went on to lose by 18 in the second round to, ahem, ninth-seeded Arkansas. And then Arkansas knocked off the fifth-seed, Kansas. (Hey, look, the K-State/UMBC winner gets fifth-seeded Kentucky.) And then Arkansas sent second-seeded Duke home, thereby reaching the Final Four. (Sup, Cincinnati)
Of course, then the Hogs ran into Pat Summitt and that was that, but still. Parallels, people. Parallels.
Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12), the ninth seed, faces the 16th-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers (25-10, 12-4 America East) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It’s the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Wildcats are a 10-point favorite, with an over of 135½. Vegas is clearly not all about that Cinderella vibe; that runs out to a 73-63 K-State win. OddsShark, on the other hand, has truly gone berserk. They are projecting a 72-65 win... for UMBC.
Sunday, March 18 at approximately 6:45pm CT (30 minutes after the conclusion of UNC-Texas A&M), Spectrum Center (19,077) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
TruTV with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson.
Two options: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber, or Westwood One with Kevin Kugler and John Thompson. The latter team will be carried on the satellite feed (Sirius 138/XM 202).
Video streaming via March Madness Live (also available as a mobile app), Hulu, CBS All Access (subject to regional availability), and Fubo. K-State claims audio streaming of the Wyattvision broadcast is available via K-StateHD.tv, but there’s no link for that broadcast at present. The NCAA is another horrible entity using StatBroadcast, so you’ll have to get live stats from a regular website like ESPN.