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9. Super Nova

How unlikely was No. 8 Villanova's 66-64 upset of No. 1 Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game? The Wildcats lost their regular-season finale by 23 points and then were bounced from the Big East tournament by a 15-point defeat in the semifinals. But Villanova beat No. 9 Dayton, No. 1 Michigan, No. 5 Maryland, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 2 Memphis State to meet mighty Georgetown in the title game, where the Wildcats put together a nearly perfect game. Villanova shot 79 percent (22-for-28), including 9-for-10 in the second half. Center Ed Pinckney, three inches shorter than Georgetown All-American Patrick Ewing, scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and was named Final Four MVP. Forward Dwayne McClain scored 17 points with 3 assists, helping the Wildcats win their first national championship. -- Mark Schlabach