Who is University of Maryland Baltimore County?

What’s it stand for? University of Maryland Baltimore County

Total Enrollment: 13,839

Location: 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore

Team’s history: This is the second NCAA appearance for UMBC (They beat Vermont to win the America East Conference Tournament this year). They lost to Georgetown in the first round of the Tournament in 2008 as the 15 seed.

Since the basketball team is not exactly a powerhouse, the school’s chess team gets most of the headlines. It had a streak of 16 straight Final Four appearances in the Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship broken in 2015.

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Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers guard Jairus Lyles (10) shoots the ball against Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) during the second half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Jairus Lyles #10 of the UMBC Retrievers and Isaiah Wilkins #21 of the Virginia Cavaliers dive for a loose ball during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Nigel Johnson (23) reacts after loosing to the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers guard K.J. Maura (11) and guard Jairus Lyles (10) celebrates beating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers guard K.J. Maura (11) shoots the ball against Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) during the second half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Jairus Lyles #10 of the UMBC Retrievers and Isaiah Wilkins #21 of the Virginia Cavaliers dive for a loose ball during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Head coach Ryan Odom of the UMBC Retrievers reacts to the on court action against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) and UMBC Retrievers forward Joe Sherburne (13) go for a rebound during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers guard Jairus Lyles (10) drives to the basket against Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall (0) during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2017; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Emmanuel Akot (24) UMBC Retrievers forward Nolan Gerrity (35) (middle) and forward Max Curran (23) (right) battle for the ball during the second half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers center Jack Salt (33) and UMBC Retrievers forward Daniel Akin (30) go for the opening tip in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers celebrate in their locker room after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by John Joyner/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Arkel Lamar #33 of the UMBC Retrievers dunks the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Charlotte NC - MARCH 16: Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5), left, reacts to UMBC celebrating as UMBC upsets the University of Virginia in the 1st round for the mens NCAA basketball tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte NC on March 16, 2018 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers celebrate their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Charlotte NC - MARCH 16: UMBC's fans stay on their feet in the second half as their team's lead grows during UMBC's upset of the University of Virginia in the 1st round for the mens NCAA basketball tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte NC on March 16, 2018 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers celebrate in their locker room after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by John Joyner/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers celebrate in their locker room after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by John Joyner/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers celebrate in their locker room after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by John Joyner/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: UMBC Retrievers fans celebrate during the second half of their win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Jourdan Grant #5 and K.J. Maura #11 of the UMBC Retrievers celebrate after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Head coach Ryan Odom of the UMBC Retrievers hugs K.J. Maura #11 during the closing minute of their victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Daniel Akin #30 of the UMBC Retrievers reacts as he leaves the floor after a win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Joe Sherburne #13 and K.J. Maura #11 of the UMBC Retrievers share a hug as time expires in their victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: UMBC Retrievers forward Arkel Lamar (33) grabs a rebound during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round game between the UMBC Retrievers and the Virginia Cavaliers on March 16, 2018 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: K.J. Maura #11 and teammate Jourdan Grant #5 of the UMBC Retrievers celebrate their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Jairus Lyles #10 of the UMBC Retrievers reacts to their upset of the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Daniel Akin #30 of the UMBC Retrievers reacts to their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: K.J. Maura #11 and teammate Jourdan Grant #5 of the UMBC Retrievers celebrate their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Arkel Lamar #33 of the UMBC Retrievers reacts to their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers react after a score against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; The UMBC Retrievers bench reacts during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers forward Arkel Lamar (33) reacts after a play during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers celebrates beating Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; UMBC Retrievers guard K.J. Maura (11) celebrates beating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Virginia Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett watches play during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round game between the UMBC Retrievers and the Virginia Cavaliers on March 16, 2018 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) reacts on the bench during the second half against the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Isaiah Wilkins #21 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts to their 74-54 loss to the UMBC Retrievers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Star players: K.J. Maura (10 points) and Jairus Lyles (28 points)

Maura, who is listed at a generous 5-foot-8 and is a pest on the defensive end, once drew two charges against Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins when they were in high school, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“Yeah, he tried to post me up,” Maura said.

Lyles at first committed to and attended Virginia Commonwealth University (which had its own Cinderella moment in 2011), but later transferred to UMBC. Both his parents attended University of Virginia, according to USA Today.

Coach: Ryan Odom, who is in his second year as UMBC’s head coach. He won the Joe B. Hall Award in 2017 as the top first-year coach in Division I, according to The Roanoke Times.

Ironically, he was the ball boy for University of Virginia for four years in the 1980s when his father, Dave, was an assistant under head coach Terry Holland. Dave Odom went on to become the head coach at South Carolina, and his son will likely get some better DI offers after this.

Mascot: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is Maryland’s state dog and has been the mascot since the school was founded in 1966. He was named True Grit in the late 2000s and students rub the nose of his statue on campus for good luck. There must have been a lot of that going on in the week leading up to this historic upset.

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