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1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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MOP  Ed Pinckney Villanova
Teams  64
Finals site  Rupp Arena
Dates  14 Mar 1985 – 1 Apr 1985
Attendance  422,519
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Champions  Villanova (1st title, 1st title game, 2nd Final Four)
Runner-up  Georgetown (4th title game, 4th Final Four)
Semifinalists  Memphis State (Vacated) (2nd Final Four) St. John's (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach  Rollie Massimino (1st title)
Top scorer  Chris Mullin St. John's (110 points)
Champion  Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Similar  1981 NCAA Men's Div, 1990 NCAA Division I, 1995 NCAA Division I, 1992 NCAA Division I, 1982 NCAA Division I

The 1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. This was the first year the field was expanded to 64 teams, from 53 in the previous year's tournament. It began on March 14, 1985, and ended with the championship game on April 1 in Lexington, Kentucky. A total of 63 games was played.

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Eighth-seed Villanova, coached by Rollie Massimino, won their first national title with a 66–64 victory in the final game over Georgetown, coached by John Thompson. Ed Pinckney of Villanova was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The game is often cited among the greatest upsets in college basketball history, and is the second biggest point-spread upset in Championship Game history. This Villanova team remains the lowest-seeded team to win the tournament. The Wildcats are also notable as the last Division I men's national champion to date to represent a school that did not sponsor varsity football at the time of its title (Villanova had dropped football after the 1980 season and did not reinstate the sport until the 1985 season, the first after the championship game). The game is also notable as the last played without a shot clock.

This year's Final Four saw an unprecedented and unmatched three teams from the same conference, with Big East members Villanova and Georgetown joined by St. John's. The only "interloper" in the Big East party was Memphis State, then of the Metro Conference. (Memphis State's 1985 Final Four appearance was vacated due to using ineligible players, as were all of its tournament appearances from 1982–1986.)

This was also the first year that one of the regionals was named "Southeast", replacing "Mideast." This name was used until 1998, when the regional was renamed "South." This was also the last tournament until 2010 to feature two private schools in the title game. This tournament was also the last until 2012 to feature no teams in the sweet 16 from the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones.

This tournament's East Region is the only one in NCAA Tournament history in which the higher-seeded team won every game.

First and Second rounds

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (University Arena)
  • Atlanta (Omni Coliseum)
  • Dayton, Ohio (University of Dayton Arena)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (Hartford Civic Center)
  • Houston, Texas (Hofheinz Pavilion)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
  • South Bend, Indiana (Edmund P. Joyce Center)
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (Mabee Center)
  • Bracket

    * – Denotes overtime period

    Television

    CBS Sports

  • Brent Musburger First Round (Kentucky–Washington), (Arizona–Alabama), Second Round & Dick Stockton Regional, Final Four served as studio hosts and Bill Raftery Regional, Final Four served as studio analyst.
  • Dick Stockton/Brent Musburger and Billy Packer – Stockton/Packer, First Round (Kentucky–Washington), Second Round at Salt Lake City, Utah & Houston, Texas; Musburger/Packer, East Regionals at Providence, Rhode Island, Southeast Regional Finals at Birmingham, Alabama, Final Four at Lexington, Kentucky
  • Gary Bender and Doug Collins – Second Round at South Bend, Indiana & Dayton, Ohio, West Regionals at Denver, Colorado
  • Frank Glieber and James Brown – Second Round at Hartford, Connecticut, Midwest Regionals at Dallas, Texas
  • Pat Summerall/Verne Lundquist and Larry Conley – Summerall/Conley, Second Round at Atlanta, Georgia; Lundquist/Conley, Southeast Regional Semifinals (Auburn–North Carolina) at Birmingham, Alabama
  • Verne Lundquist and Steve Grote – First Round (Arizona–Alabama) & Second Round at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Tim Ryan and Bill Raftery – Second Round at Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • ESPN and NCAA Productions

  • Bob Ley (NCAA Tournament Today/NCAA Tournament Tonight) served as studio host and Dick Vitale served as studio analyst.
  • – First Round (Lehigh–Georgetown) & (Old Dominion–SMU) at Hartford, Connecticut
  • – First Round (Virginia Tech–Temple) & (Iona–Loyola-Chicago) at Hartford, Connecticut
  • – First Round (Northeastern–Illinois) & (Mercer–Georgia Tech) at Atlanta, Georgia
  • – First Round (Wichita State–Georgia) & (DePaul–Syracuse) at Atlanta, Georgia
  • – First Round (Iowa State–Ohio State) & (Illinois State–Southern California) at Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • – First Round (Pittsburgh–Louisiana Tech) & (North Carolina A&T–Oklahoma) at Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • – First Round (Penn–Memphis State) & (Pepperdine–Duke) at Houston, Texas
  • – First Round (Michigan State–UAB) & (Boston College–Texas Tech) at Houston, Texas
  • – First Round (Navy–Louisiana State) & (Dayton–Villanova) at Dayton, Ohio
  • – First Round (Miami (OH)–Maryland) & {Fairleigh Dickinson–Michigan) at Dayton, Ohio
  • – First Round (Ohio–Kansas) & (Oregon State–Notre Dame) at South Bend, Indiana
  • – First Round (Auburn–Purdue) & (Middle Tennessee–North Carolina) at South Bend, Indiana
  • – First Round (Southern–St. John's) at Salt Lake City, Utah
  • – First Round (Arkansas–Iowa) & (San Diego State–UNLV) at Salt Lake City, Utah
  • – First Round (Nevada-Reno–North Carolina State) at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • – First Round (UTEP–Tulsa) & (Marshall–VCU) at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • – Midwest Regional Semifinals (Louisiana Tech–Oklahoma) at Dallas, Texas
  • – Southeast Regional Semifinals (Villanova–Maryland) at Birmingham, Alabama
  • Regionals

    CBS Radio

  • – East Regionals at Providence, Rhode Island
  • – Midwest Regionals at Dallas, Texas
  • – Southeast Regionals at Birmingham, Alabama
  • – West Regionals at Denver, Colorado
  • Final Four

  • – at Lexington, Kentucky
  • References

    1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia


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