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Villanova played nearly a perfect game to beat the juggernaut at Georgetown starring Patrick Ewing to win a national champion, but UMBC shocked the world and became the first 16-seed to beat a No.1 team in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Which one was the bigger upset?

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Georgetown was a juggernaut no one wanted to face. They came into the NCAA Tournament as defending champions, only losing two games by a combined deficit of three points. They rampaged their way to the Final Four and beat fellow No. 1 seed St. John's by 18 points. There was no way an eighth-seeded Villanova could beat them, right?

Outgunned and outsized, Nova imployed the perfect pre-shot clock game plan: a patient offense and a 1-3-1 zone. Perfection is impossible in basketball, but Villanova sure came close. The Wildcats finished the game hitting 22 of 26 shots and kept Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas at bay.

UMBC might have beat a No. 1 seed, but that was only one game. Villanova pulled off three upsets and won a national championship. That's the real shocker.

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In 2018, the NCAA Tournament was 79 years old. In 79 years, a No. 16 seed never beat a No. 1 seed ever. That was until a lovable school with a lovable mascot entered the fight.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County was making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament ever. They were facing Virginia, who spent the last four weeks of the regular season at No. 1 on the AP Poll. Of all the No. 16 seeds to face a No. 1 seed, this one looked like the most certain of a win for the top team.

It did not play out that way.

UMBC kept hitting shots against the best defense in the country while Virginia kept missing. By the end of the game, the Retrievers hit 12 of 24 three-point attempts. The Cavaliers struggled to do anything positive before it was too late, going 4 for 22 from beyond the arc.

Villanova made history, but it didn't come close to what UMBC accomplished. Firsts always win.

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