Virginia’s Stunning Loss to UMBC Causes Improbable Betting Line Payouts

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)

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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 ever win a game in the NCAA 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 as he poured 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 Virginia’s 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.