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The Voice Behind March Madness' Ultimate Underdog

No. 16 seed UMBC pulled an upset for the ages, taking the NCAA Tournament — and Twitter by storm.

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By now you've likely heard about University of Maryland, Baltimore County's epic 74-54 upset of Virginia, and how it was the first time in March Madness history that a No. 16 seed knocked off a No. 1 seed. And you've probably seen some of the incredible posts flowing from UMBC's rapidly growing Twitter account. FOTO caught up with the person behind the fun and feisty social media banter, Zach Seidel, UMBC athletic department's Director of Multimedia Communications. Here, the 27-year-old shares some of his favorite pictures — and the stories behind them — from that unforgettable night...

&quotI've watched a lot of college basketball in my life, and Jairus Lyles is the single best college player I've ever seen at driving into the lane and getting shots off. When he gets rolling, it's usually over.&quot Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images "I've watched a lot of college basketball in my life, and Jairus Lyles is the single best college player I've ever seen at driving into the lane and getting shots off. When he gets rolling, it's usually over." &quotJairus graduated last spring and was immediately eligible anywhere in the country as a grad student, but he spurned bigger things because he wanted to stay at UMBC and create a legacy. I'd say he's done that, and this picture shows his pure joy and why he's so beloved on our campus and in our community. Oh, and he also has a 4.0 in grad school.&quot Streeter Lecka/Getty Images "Jairus graduated last spring and was immediately eligible anywhere in the country as a grad student, but he spurned bigger things because he wanted to stay at UMBC and create a legacy. I'd say he's done that, and this picture shows his pure joy and why he's so beloved on our campus and in our community. Oh, and he also has a 4.0 in grad school." &quotArkel Lamar is just one of those physical freaks who can out jump, out shoot, and out run anyone on the court.&quot Streeter Lecka/Getty Images "Arkel Lamar is just one of those physical freaks who can out jump, out shoot, and out run anyone on the court." &quotSome of the best footage we captured all year in our production truck was of our bench antics and celebrations. They are legendary.&quot Streeter Lecka/Getty Images "Some of the best footage we captured all year in our production truck was of our bench antics and celebrations. They are legendary." &quotNolan Gerrity (No.35) is one of the funniest athletes we've had in my time at UMBC. On Thursday night, he walked right up to Grant Hill at the broadcast table and asked him what it was like to be in a Nickelback music video.&quot Streeter Lecka/Getty Images "Nolan Gerrity (No.35) is one of the funniest athletes we've had in my time at UMBC. On Thursday night, he walked right up to Grant Hill at the broadcast table and asked him what it was like to be in a Nickelback music video." &quotJourdan Grant played the most minutes of any freshman in the America East Conference back in the 2014-15 season, serving as a point guard on a four win team that was severely shorthanded due to injuries. In his second year, the team finished with only seven wins. He's played the most games of anyone in school history and few people deserved this moment more than he did.&quot Streeter Lecka/Getty Images "Jourdan Grant played the most minutes of any freshman in the America East Conference back in the 2014-15 season, serving as a point guard on a four win team that was severely shorthanded due to injuries. In his second year, the team finished with only seven wins. He's played the most games of anyone in school history and few people deserved this moment more than he did." Learn more about the <a href="http://www.umbcretrievers.com/sports/mbkb/index/"target="_blank"> UMBC Retrievers</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/UMBCAthletics/"target="_blank"> follow them on twitter</a>. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Learn more about the UMBC Retrievers and follow them on twitter.
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