ARLINGTON, Texas -- The text messages start going back and forth every Selection Sunday.
"Happy anniversary," they usually start.
And then the group gets down to the real business at hand. They scan the bracket to find the No. 8 seeds.
Twenty nine years ago, eighth-seeded Villanova upset Georgetown in what remains the NCAA Tournament's quintessential Cinderella moment. No national champion since has been seeded eighth or lower.
And some of the Villanova players, who make up that group-text tradition, would like to keep it that way.
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