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UMBC's 16-over-1 upset highlights shifts in college hoops

The rumblings were there before March Madness kicked off — that this could be the year for a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Not pinpointing Maryland-Baltimore County to stun top overall seed Virginia , and certainly not by 20 points. But the win by the Retrievers — who needed a buzzer-beater to upset Vermont in the America East Tournament — highlighted changes in college hoops that have shrunk the mythical gap between 16s and 1s. It also shows what can happen in a single game when everything falls into place for the right underdog.

"Really, anybody can beat anybody and if you don't come to play you're going to get beat," Virginia's Ty Jerome said.