UMBC Head Coach Ryan Odom talks with Vinny and Haynie

Inside Scoop on an Historic Run with Coach Odom

Vinny & Haynie
March 23, 2018 - 2:27 pm

Photo Courtesy: USA Today


By Austin Medina

What a season it has been for the UMBC Retrievers and head coach Ryan Odom.

They went into the American East Conference Tournament at 21-10 in hopes to secure a bid for the NCAA Tournament. After wins against UMass Lowell and Hartford, the Retrievers needed to win the Conference Tournament against Vermont in order to get into March Madness.

In the final against Vermont, the game was tied at 62 apiece when Jairus Lyles hit the game-winning three with 00.5 seconds remaining. Not only did the shot secure the American East Conference Championship, it also meant UMBC was dancing for the first time since 2008.

After the win, Vinny and Haynie sat down with coach Odom before the Retrievers matchup with #1 Virginia. Listen to the full interview below!

Odom stated that his team needed to “separate themselves from the Championship win and get ready for the game against Virginia.” March Madness is notorious for Cinderella stories to excel and Odom mentioned that in all reality, “it’s just an exciting time.”

UMBC went on to make history being the first #16 seed to beat a #1 seed in NCAA Tournament history. The Retrievers shocked the world and busted most of the nation’s brackets as Jairus Lyles poured in a game-high 28 points in route to knocking out the Cavaliers.

The Cinderella Story was read around the world! For nearly two days, UMBC was the talks of the college sports world and geared up for their next game against Kansas State.

The Retrievers lost to Kansas State 50-43, as the Wildcats are on their way to the Elite Eight after defeating Kentucky Thursday night.

As for the Retrievers, they exceeded expectations and for that, coach Odom has a lot to be proud of. As he said in the interview with 105.7 The Fan, the wins are “huge visibility for UMBC.”