It turns out one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history benefits everyone.
When the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) defeated top-seeded Virginia 74-54 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it marked the first time in history a No. 16 seed had ever beaten a No. 1 seed since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
During the game, the nation was mostly focused on what was happening on the court, and deservedly so. Coming into the game, No. 16 seeds were 0-135 in the first round. UMBC dunked and shot its way past Virginia, who entered the game as ACC champions with a 31-2 record.
But many observers also took note of UMBC’s official athletic Twitter account, which made sure to let everyone know an upset was occurring.
The account started the night with about 5,000 followers and currently has more than 90,000 followers.
But as the dust settled on the historic upset, a third party entered into the public eye: Little Caesars.
The pizza chain tweeted earlier Friday that if a No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 seed, the world would be treated to a free personal-sized deep dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product on April 2 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
True to their word, Little Caesars is keeping its promise.
There are 11 Little Caesars stores in the Treasure Valley. Simply come into one of the stores on April 2 and collect your treat.
Here’s where you can get your pizza.
- 1401 South Broadway Avenue
- 1003 South Vista Avenue
- 1471 Milwaukee Street
- 10751 West Overland Road Suite A
- 10689 West Ustick Road
- 5205 East Cleveland Boulevard
- 120 East Fairview Avenue, Suite 120
- 201 11th Avenue North
- 195 East Maine Avenue
- 1813 Caldwell Boulevard
- 180 East Lane No. 6