3. No. 8 Villanova Beats Georgetown in the Final (1985)
Two years after NC State shocked the NCAA, the Villanova Wildcats upped the ante. Nova defied the odds just to reach the title game, having survived a second round matchup with number 1-seed Michigan, while dodging bullets in their other match ups. The Wildcats escaped their first three rounds by a combined margin of nine points, while top-seeded Georgetown dominated, winning by double digits in four out of five of their tournament games leading up to the final, finishing with their Final Four win over St. John’s, 77-59. The keys to Nova’s 66-64 win came from their stellar shooting performance—79 percent from the field—as well as an incredible outing by center Ed Pinckney, who was able to outscore (16-14) and out-rebound (6-5) the great Hoyas center, Patrick Ewing, another eventual Hall of Famer/Dream Team member. To this day the 1985 Villanova team remains the lowest-seeded team to ever win the tourney.
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