The biggest upset in March Madness history means Little Caesar's is giving away free pizza

Every March, sports fans get giddy about putting together their brackets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness.

You know the drill.

For some reason, a No. 12 seed always seems to take down a No. 5 seed. You just have to pick the right one. You bank on it.

I was hoping that my alma mater, South Dakota State University, could pull it off against Ohio State, but no such luck.

Even more predictable is this: A No. 16 seed team does not beat a No. 1. Ever. It’s never happened in the history of the tournament. In fact, it’s the only seed matchup rule that’s never been broken.


So, as a business, why not cash in on that?

This year, Little Caesars went for broke with a free pizza promotion that kicks in only if “crazy stuff happens” and a 16 beats a 1.

And then Friday happened.

The classic underdogs, University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers (get it, underdogs?) tipped off against the Virginia Cavaliers and actually won. Not by some flukey last-second shot. They crushed them by 20 points.

Who picks a team with “County” in their name? No one.

And boom goes the dynamite.

Free Little Caesars pizza all around!

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How to Get a Free Little Caesars Pizza Lunch Combo

Thanks to UMBC’s 74-54 thumping of Virginia, you can get a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo with four DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza slices and a 20-ounce Pepsi product from Little Caesars. The deal is valid from from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m on Monday, April 2, only.

Only one and a half hours? Really?

If you’re looking to eat away your sorrow because, face it, you didn’t pick this win and your bracket is looking ugly, get there early. The Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo is usually just $5, but scoring it for free is like hitting a half-court shot for the win.

All you have to do is show up, mention the offer and enjoy your free lunch. The game may have been an upset, but we’re pretty happy about this deal actually happening.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. This deal confirms his belief that retrievers are the coolest breed of dog. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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