Men’s Basketball

Mimi Dietrich ‘70 (third from left) enjoys cheering on the Retrievers in her black and gold. Photo courtesy of Josh Sinn ‘13.

View from the Stands

The roar of the crowd. The squeak of sneakers on the court. The swish of the basket. These sounds – and the exciting atmosphere surrounding them – are just one part of what keeps UMBC basketball season ticket holders coming back game after game. Just feet away, you have a different kind of excitement coming from a particularly dedicated brand of black and gold bedecked dawg – the season ticket holder, whose energy is infectious and absolutely vital to the team. As the men head into late season play with wins in nine out of their last ten appearances –… Continue Reading View from the Stands

UMBC men's basketball at ESPY Awards

Suits and Celebs and Selfies, Oh My! Getting ESPYS Ready

Topping off a history-making year, the celebrations continue tonight for UMBC men’s basketball with a nomination for “Best Moment” at this year’s ESPY Awards. Before they jetted off for a star-studded night in Los Angeles, we caught up with some of the players hitting the red carpet to answer the hard-hitting questions #RetrieverNation needs to know.ESPYs voting is open until the start of the show at 8 p.m. EST. Click here to vote for the Retrievers!Q: It’s a night that sports enthusiasts dream of. Is there one celebrity you’re looking most forward to seeing? Q: The single most important question… Continue Reading Suits and Celebs and Selfies, Oh My! Getting ESPYS Ready

Thank You, Retriever Nation!

This week UMBC made history as the first ever No. 16 seed team to best a No. 1 seed in an NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Retrievers’ season ended last night in a hard-fought round two, but our UMBC community will carry the pride of this moment with us for years to come. And, through this achievement, the nation has come to understand what a special place UMBC is. Thank you to the men’s basketball team and to coach Ryan Odom for the grit you displayed all season. And thank you to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others in… Continue Reading Thank You, Retriever Nation!

UMBC ends historic men's basketball season with pride, gratitude. #RetrieverNation

UMBC’s historic 20-point win over no. 1 seed University of Virginia last Friday gave the Retrievers a taste of NCAA victory. Two days and one Sports Illustrated cover later, UMBC battled Kansas State in a nail-biting, neck-and-neck second round contest. The Retrievers trailed the Wildcats by just one point for much of the game, eventually ceding to Kansas State, 43-50 (see ESPN recap). Just after Friday’s round one victory, NCAA’s Kyle Boone suggested, “Jairus Lyles was the best player on the floor…and he likely will be again come Sunday when they take on the Wildcats.”  Lyles ‘17, sociology, M.A. ‘18, education,… Continue Reading UMBC ends historic men's basketball season with pride, gratitude. #RetrieverNation

UMBC men’s basketball makes history with victory over UVA, heads to NCAA round two

As Retriever Nation erupted with joy for UMBC’s 74-54 upset victory over the University of Virginia—a team thought unbeatable just hours before—millions of new fans learned for the first time what UMBC stands for: University of a Million Brackets Crushed. Or U Must Be Cinderella. Or, as longtime Retriever fans will tell you, U Made the Best Choice. Friday’s game wasn’t just record-setting, expectation-smashing victory for UMBC. It was also a major first for the NCAA. Never before has a no. 16 seed bested a no. 1 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, until UMBC, as NPR noted, “beat the… Continue Reading UMBC men’s basketball makes history with victory over UVA, heads to NCAA round two

UMBC rewrites the record books with NCAA victory over #1 UVA

With tonight’s 74-54 win over the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Cavaliers, UMBC has made basketball history as the first No. 16 seed team to best a No. 1 seed in an NCAA men’s tournament. The victory sends the team into the second round of play versus Kansas State, on Sunday, March 18. In the first half, the Retrievers stayed consistently within striking distance of the Cavaliers, pushing to a tie at halftime. They came back fresh, with an impressive run of confident three-pointers that took them all the way home. “UMBC is the talk of the nation right now…what they’re doing… Continue Reading UMBC rewrites the record books with NCAA victory over #1 UVA

New House of Grit Doesn’t Disappoint

UMBC’s Retrievers officially moved into a new Dawg House Saturday, sharing the excitement of their first Event Center ballgame with a sold-out crowd of fans bedecked in black and gold. But despite a disappointing loss to rival Vermont (81-53), the stadium couldn’t contain the enthusiasm of the more than 4,700 Retriever Believers who helped usher in a new era of UMBC athletics. “I thought it was awesome! It was really crowded and the facilities were great, and…it felt like we were coming together as a campus, as a school,” said Marissa O’Connor, a sophomore soccer player who enjoyed the men’s… Continue Reading New House of Grit Doesn’t Disappoint

Alums in the Community: Vitale, Barbosa

UMBC is proud of all that our alumni go on to achieve, and we’re especially proud that we’ve graduated so many people who bring their talents and skills back to their communities. Today, we recognize Clolita Vitale ’75, theatre, a former UMBC employee who has just been appointed to the USM Foundation Board of Directors, and Ray Barbosa ’09, a former Retriever basketball player who, after playing professionally for several years, has been honored by his high school, and is now coaching in his home state of Pennsylvania.   Clolita Vitale ’75, theatre, has been named to the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation Board of… Continue Reading Alums in the Community: Vitale, Barbosa

Roundup: UMBC in the News

One of the things that makes UMBC great is how wonderful our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are. Because of these amazing people, UMBC often finds itself “in the news,” so each week, we’ll be sharing with you a round-up of the most newsworthy achievements from our community. Dr. Hrabowski appeared on Dan Rodricks’ podcast to talk about his childhood in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, and his participation in the Children’s March, for which he was arrested at age 12. Doug Hamby, dance, says dance competition shows on TV have made competitive dance more popular and increased the number of men… Continue Reading Roundup: UMBC in the News

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