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52. Villanova, 1985

The Wildcats hardly had momentum going into the 1985 NCAA tournament. They lost their final regular-season game by 23 points and lost in the Big East tournament semifinals by 15 points. Villanova, the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region, entered the NCAAs with a 19-10 record. Remarkably, the Wildcats put together the perfect weekend at the Final Four. They beat No. 2 seed Memphis State 52-45 in the national semifinals and then shot 79 percent from the floor (22-for-28) in a historic 66-64 upset of No. 1 seed Georgetown in the championship game. Led by center Ed Pinckney and forward Dwayne McClain, the Wildcats were hardly the most dominant team ever to win a national championship, but they played their best when it mattered most. -- Mark Schlabach