Team of the Moment: UMBC

    
March 15th, 2008

UMBC
24-8 (13-3 America East)

Computer numbers (through Friday courtesy of kenpom.com): RPI 91, SOS 270.

Result today: Defeated Hartford 82-65 to win the America East Tournament.

In a game matching two programs who had never even played in a conference tournament final, the homestanding Retrievers rode 59% shooting from the field to wrap up their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. Four players reached double figures, led by Darryl Proctor's 23 points. How hot were the Retrievers in this one? They outrebounded the Hawks 29-15, which underscores just how well they shot the ball. So where does this leave UMBC in regards to seeding tomorrow? I'd say a 15, with an outside shot at a 14 depending on what happens in the Big West, for example. If UC Irvine upsets Cal State Fullerton, that could create an opportunity for a team like UMBC to slide up a seed line. But hey, enjoy the moment. Congrats to the Retrievers on their title.

One the clock: Virginia Tech. The Hokies are currently locked up with North Carolina in the day's first ACC semifinal. Tech currently leads 38-36 with about a minute left in the first half. Win and you're in. Lose...who knows what happens.