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2021 marks PressBox’s fifth annual Best Of edition celebrating the top people, performances and moments of the year.

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The Virginia men’s basketball team might not want to schedule any more mid-majors from the state of Maryland, and ACC programs might want to stop scheduling UMBC altogether.

In November, Navy opened the season by stunning the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, the Mids’ first win against a ranked team since 1986 when they were led by some fella named David Robinson.

Not to be outdone, later in the month UMBC traveled to Pitt, where the Retrievers put up 55 points … IN THE FIRST HALF … en route do an 87-77 victory against the Panthers. It was quite the way for new coach Jim Ferry to begin his tenure in Catonsville.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Navy Athletics and Gail Burton/UMBC Athletics

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Plus: Check out PressBox’s 2021 Mo Gaba Sportsperson of the Year, Justin Tucker.

Justin Tucker

Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022


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