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Cinderella Story? It’s True for U.M.B.C. in Academics, Too

BALTIMORE — The stunning victory by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, over the University of Virginia on Friday night — the biggest upset ever in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament — catapulted a school whose competitive claim to fame had long been chess into sports history.

But the U.M.B.C. Cinderella story transcends athletics, and has been decades in the making.