The Retrievers finally put to rest the question of whether we would ever see a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Not only did the 21-point underdog Retrievers beat Virginia, they did it by 20 points.
It doesn’t matter that they were eliminated in the next round. The 2018 NCAA Tournament will always be remembered as the year of the Retrievers.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know before about the University of Maryland Baltimore County — aside from the fact that there’s a school called the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The team mascot is True Grit, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, which is the state dog of Maryland.
In case you were wondering, Alabama doesn’t even have a state dog.
And while our state had two teams win games in this year’s tournament — a huge sign of progress for basketball in Alabama — there’s no denying that the the Retrievers from the University of Maryland Baltimore County truly Nailed It.