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Seed: No. 8
Path to title
No. 9 Dayton (51-49)
No. 1 Michigan (59-55)
No. 5 Maryland (46-43)
No. 2 North Carolina (56-44)
No. 2 Memphis (52-45)
No. 1 Georgetown (66-64)
Let's momentarily gloss over the fact that Villanova is the lowest seed to have ever won the NCAA tournament and just take a look at the teams the Wildcats beat to earn that crown.
In the final AP Top 20 for the 1984-85 season, Georgetown (No. 1), Michigan (No. 2), Memphis (No. 5) and North Carolina (No. 7) were at or near the top of the list.
Coming into the tournament, Villanova was 1-7 against the teams that finished the season ranked in the Top 20, but somehow found a way to go 4-0 against the best of the best.
Along with 1983 North Carolina State and 1988 Kansas, the Wildcats are one of just three teams to suffer 10 losses and still win the ultimate prize. After opening the season 8-0, they went 7-8 over the next 15 games before finally starting to turn things around.
Their win over Georgetown in the title game is still considered one of the bigger upsets in college basketball history.
The Hoyas were ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 for the entire season. Between Feb. 27 and Mar. 30, they beat St. John's three times—all away from home and with each game decided by double digits.
St. John's finished the season ranked No. 3 in the country.
And yet, this No. 8 seed that had already been beaten twice that season by the mighty Hoyas came in and put a painful end to their 16-game winning streak. The Wildcats shot 78.6 percent from the field in the championship game, putting a near-perfect cap on the unlikeliest run in tournament history.
Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.