Perhaps the only bigger winners than the UMBC Retrievers on Friday were those who backed them in Las Vegas.
The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed to win a game in the NCAA men's tournament when they destroyed the ACC regular-season and tournament champion Virginia Cavaliers 74-54. The result led to some dramatic swings for bettors in Sin City:
Jairus Lyles was a hero for those who supported UMBC, pouring in 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field as UMBC's go-to offensive weapon. He fought through cramps in the second half and consistently sliced through the Virginia defense as a dominant playmaker.
The Retrievers will look to continue their Cinderella story Sunday when they face the Kansas State Wildcats in the second round.