The NCAA tournament’s preeminent Cinderella is winning both online and on the court. The night UMBC became the first 16th seed to win a round-of-64 game, the Retrievers’ Twitter following grew exponentially as it fired off funny/snarky tweet after funny/snarky tweet.
Before the school’s second-round game against Kansas State on Sunday (tip time: 7:40 p.m. ET on truTV), the Retrievers figured they had time to kill. So, they put out an important call:
You know what, let's get pumped the only way we know how....Send us all the dog pix— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 18, 2018
More than a thousand people responded in the first hour after UMBC’s request. What follows is a collection of some of the best UMBC tournament dogs out there. These pictures aren’t sorted in any particular order, because all of the dogs included are excellent:
he can't wait for your collar commentary tonight pic.twitter.com/IUegBrQZgB— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) March 18, 2018
Literal retrievers! These are great, even though UMBC’s retriever mascot is not a golden retriever, but a Chesapeake Bay retriever, the state dog of Maryland.
Even the Cavaliers are rooting for the Retrievers pic.twitter.com/uWl2CCSbA5— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) March 18, 2018
Here's Nymeria celebrating St. Patty's day last night. Good luck! pic.twitter.com/p9evlnVNd2— Meghan Hunt (@MegsATC) March 18, 2018
Dexter says "Go Retrievers!!" pic.twitter.com/rieHX8ANof— Dogtor Lollipop (@VayrWolf) March 18, 2018
Made a bracket for Zeus, picking winners by dog mascots and against cats.... He’s currently winning the family pool pic.twitter.com/ZsStrp2QDv— J Lorenzo (@Jlobregon12) March 18, 2018
The goodest of luck to the goodest of boys pic.twitter.com/ishUvLVj0C— Ty Sides (@orcatrainerty) March 18, 2018
(My heart has melted. I no longer have a heart, for it is now soup.)
Go UMBC!!!! Love from the Louisville fans!!! pic.twitter.com/hWJ5ocLvrb— Joe Pence (@JoePence4) March 18, 2018
If coach Ryan Odom needs any rebounding help, that last pup might be an option.