1985 NCAA Tournament—Eighth seed
In 1985, the Big East was arguably the best basketball conference in the nation, featuring powerhouses Georgetown, St. Johns and Syracuse.
Villanova was an afterthought.
They finished the regular season 19-10 but received an eighth-seed by finishing fourth in the Big East. Under the direction of head coach Rollie Massimino and senior forward Ed Pickney, the Wildcats beat Dayton in the first round and then upset No. 1 seed Michigan in Round 2. They would sneak by Len Bias and Maryland in the Sweet 16 and handle UNC in the Elite Eight.
After Villanova defeated Memphis State in the semifinals, they would face all-world Patrick Ewing and the mighty Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown came into the title game 10-point favorites. Everyone knew that in order to beat the Hoyas,'Nova would have to play the “perfect game,” and in the championship game they were not perfect, but they were pretty close.
The Wildcats shot an amazing 78.6 percent, going 22 of 28 from the field as they upset the defending national champion Hoyas 66-64.
1st rd (9) Dayton 51-49
2nd rd (1) Michigan 59-55
Sweet 16 (5) Maryland 46-43
Elite Eight (2) UNC 56-44
Final Four (2) Memphis St 52-45
Championship game (1) Georgetown 66-64