1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: Wikis

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1985 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 64
Finals Site Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
Champions Villanova (1st title)
Runner-Up Georgetown (4th title game)
Semifinalists Memphis State (2nd Final Four)
St. John's (2nd Final Four)
Winning Coach Rollie Massimino (1st title)
MOP Ed Pinckney Villanova
Attendance 422,519
Top scorer Chris Mullin St. John's
(110 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1984  1986»

The 1985 NCAA Men's Division I 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 7, 1985, and ended with the championship game on April 1 in Lexington, Kentucky. A total of 63 games were played.

Eight-seed Villanova, coached by Rollie Massimino, won the 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 all of sports. This Villanova team remains the lowest-seeded team to win the tournament. 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 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."

Contents

Locations

Region Site Other Locations
East Providence, Rhode Island Atlanta, Georgia, Hartford, Connecticut
Midwest Dallas, Texas Houston, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Southeast Birmingham, Alabama Dayton, Ohio, South Bend, Indiana
West Denver, Colorado Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah
Finals Lexington, Kentucky

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Georgetown John Thompson Runner Up 8 Villanova L 66-64
East 2 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins Elite Eight 1 Georgetown L 60-54
East 3 Illinois Lou Henson Sweet Sixteen 2 Georgia Tech L 61-53
East 4 Loyola, Illinois Gene Sullivan Sweet Sixteen 1 Georgetown L 65-53
East 5 SMU Dave Bliss Round of 32 4 Loyola, Illinois L 70-57
East 6 Georgia Hugh Durham Round of 32 3 Illinois L 74-58
East 7 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Round of 32 2 Georgia Tech L 70-53
East 8 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 1 Georgetown L 63-46
East 9 Virginia Tech Charles Moir Round of 64 8 Temple L 60-57
East 10 DePaul Joey Meyer Round of 64 7 Syracuse L 70-65
East 11 Wichita State Gene Smithson Round of 64 6 Georgia L 67-59
East 12 Old Dominion Paul Webb Round of 64 5 SMU L 85-68
East 13 Iona Pat Kennedy Round of 64 4 Loyola, Illinois L 59-58
East 14 Northeastern Jim Calhoun Round of 64 3 Illinois L 76-57
East 15 Mercer Bill Bibb Round of 64 2 Georgia Tech L 65-58
East 16 Lehigh Tom Schneider Round of 64 1 Georgetown L 68-43
Midwest
Midwest 1 Oklahoma Billy Tubbs Elite Eight 2 Memphis State L 63-61
Midwest 2 Memphis State Dana Kirk National Semifinals 8 Villanova L 52-45
Midwest 3 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Round of 32 11 Boston College L 74-73
Midwest 4 Ohio State Eldon Miller Round of 32 5 Louisiana Tech L 79-67
Midwest 5 Louisiana Tech Andy Russo Sweet Sixteen 1 Oklahoma L 86-84
Midwest 6 Texas Tech Gerald Myers Round of 64 11 Boston College L 55-53
Midwest 7 UAB Gene Bartow Round of 32 2 Memphis State L 67-66
Midwest 8 USC Stan Morrison Round of 64 9 Illinois State L 58-55
Midwest 9 Illinois State Bob Donewald Round of 32 1 Oklahoma L 75-69
Midwest 10 Michigan State Jud Heathcote Round of 64 7 UAB L 70-68
Midwest 11 Boston College Gary Williams Sweet Sixteen 2 Memphis State L 59-57
Midwest 12 Pittsburgh Roy Chipman Round of 64 5 Louisiana Tech L 78-54
Midwest 13 Iowa State Johnny Orr Round of 64 4 Ohio State L 75-64
Midwest 14 Pepperdine Jim Harrick Round of 64 3 Duke L 75-62
Midwest 15 Penn Craig Littlepage Round of 64 2 Memphis State L 67-55
Midwest 16 North Carolina A&T Don Corbett Round of 64 1 Oklahoma L 96-83
Southeast
Southeast 1 Michigan Bill Frieder Round of 32 8 Villanova L 59-55
Southeast 2 North Carolina Dean Smith Elite Eight 8 Villanova L 56-44
Southeast 3 Kansas Larry Brown Round of 32 11 Auburn L 66-64
Southeast 4 LSU Dale Brown Round of 64 13 Navy L 78-55
Southeast 5 Maryland Lefty Driesell Sweet Sixteen 8 Villanova L 46-43
Southeast 6 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 64 11 Auburn L 59-58
Southeast 7 Notre Dame Digger Phelps Round of 32 2 North Carolina L 60-58
Southeast 8 Villanova Rollie Massimino Champion 1 Georgetown W 66-64
Southeast 9 Dayton Don Donoher Round of 64 8 Villanova L 51-49
Southeast 10 Oregon State Ralph Miller Round of 64 7 Notre Dame L 79-70
Southeast 11 Auburn Sonny Smith Sweet Sixteen 2 North Carolina L 62-56
Southeast 12 Miami, Ohio Jerry Peirson Round of 64 5 Maryland L 69-68
Southeast 13 Navy Paul Evans Round of 32 5 Maryland L 64-59
Southeast 14 Ohio Danny Nee Round of 64 3 Kansas L 49-38
Southeast 15 Middle Tennessee State Bruce Stewart Round of 64 2 North Carolina L 76-57
Southeast 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Tom Green Round of 64 1 Michigan L 59-55
West
West 1 St. John's Lou Carnesecca National Semifinals 1 Georgetown L 77-59
West 2 Virginia Commonwealth J. D. Barnett Round of 32 7 Alabama L 63-59
West 3 North Carolina State Jim Valvano Elite Eight 1 St. John's L 69-60
West 4 UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Round of 32 12 Kentucky L 64-61
West 5 Washington Marv Harshman Round of 64 12 Kentucky L 66-58
West 6 Tulsa Nolan Richardson Round of 64 11 UTEP L 79-75
West 7 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Sweet Sixteen 3 North Carolina State L 61-55
West 8 Iowa George Raveling Round of 64 9 Arkansas L 63-54
West 9 Arkansas Eddie Sutton Round of 32 1 St. John's L 68-65
West 10 Arizona Lute Olson Round of 64 7 Alabama L 50-41
West 11 UTEP Don Haskins Round of 32 3 North Carolina State L 86-73
West 12 Kentucky Joe B. Hall Sweet Sixteen 1 St. John's L 86-70
West 13 San Diego State Smokey Gaines Round of 64 4 UNLV L 85-80
West 14 Nevada Sonny Allen Round of 64 3 North Carolina State L 65-56
West 15 Marshall Rick Huckabay Round of 64 2 Virginia Commonwealth L 81-65
West 16 Southern Robert Hopkins Round of 64 1 St. John's L 83-59

Bracket

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East region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Georgetown 68  
16  Lehigh 43  
  1  Georgetown 63  
 
  8  Temple 46  
8  Temple 60
9  Virginia Tech 57  
  1  Georgetown 65  
  4  Loyola-IL 53  
5  SMU 85  
12  Old Dominion 68  
  5  SMU 57
 
  4  Loyola-IL 70  
4  Loyola-IL 59
13  Iona 58  
  1  Georgetown 60
  2  Georgia Tech 54
6  Georgia 67  
11  Wichita St 59  
  6  Georgia 58
 
  3  Illinois 74  
3  Illinois 76
14  Northeastern 57  
  3  Illinois 53
  2  Georgia Tech 61  
7  Syracuse 70  
10  DePaul 65  
  7  Syracuse 53
 
  2  Georgia Tech 70  
2  Georgia Tech 65
15  Mercer 58  

West region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  St John's 83  
16  Southern University 59  
  1  St John's 68  
 
  9  Arkansas 65  
8  Iowa 54
9  Arkansas 63  
  1  St John's 86  
  12  Kentucky 70  
5  Washington 58  
12  Kentucky 66  
  12  Kentucky 64
 
  4  UNLV 61  
4  UNLV 85
13  San Diego St 80  
  1  St John's 69
  3  N.C. State 60
6  Tulsa 75  
11  UTEP 79  
  11  UTEP 73
 
  3  N.C. State 86  
3  N.C. State 65
14  Nevada-Reno 56  
  3  N.C. State 61
  7  Alabama 55  
7  Alabama 50  
10  Arizona 41  
  7  Alabama 63
 
  2  Va. Commonwealth 59  
2  Va. Commonwealth 81
15  Marshall 65  

Southeast region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Michigan 59  
16  Fairleigh Dickinson 55  
  1  Michigan 55  
 
  8  Villanova 59  
8  Villanova 51
9  Dayton 49  
  8  Villanova 46  
  5  Maryland 43  
5  Maryland 69  
12  Miami (OH) 68*  
  5  Maryland 64
 
  13  Navy 59  
4  LSU 55
13  Navy 78  
  8  Villanova 56
  2  North Carolina 44
6  Purdue 58  
11  Auburn 59  
  11  Auburn 66
 
  3  Kansas 64  
3  Kansas 49
14  Ohio 38  
  11  Auburn 56
  2  North Carolina 62  
7  Notre Dame 79  
10  Oregon St 70  
  7  Notre Dame 58
 
  2  North Carolina 60  
2  North Carolina 76
15  Middle Tennessee St 57  

Midwest region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Oklahoma 96  
16  North Carolina A&T 83  
  1  Oklahoma 75  
 
  9  Illinois State 69  
8  Southern California 55
9  Illinois State 58  
  1  Oklahoma 86  
  5  Louisiana Tech 84*  
5  Louisiana Tech 78  
12  Pittsburgh 54  
  5  Louisiana Tech 79
 
  4  Ohio State 67  
4  Ohio State 75
13  Iowa State 64  
  1  Oklahoma 61
  2  Memphis State 63
6  Texas Tech 53  
11  Boston College 55  
  11  Boston College 74
 
  3  Duke 73  
3  Duke 75
14  Pepperdine 62  
  11  Boston College 57
  2  Memphis State 59  
7  UAB 70  
10  Michigan State 68  
  7  UAB 66*
 
  2  Memphis State 67  
2  Memphis State 67
15  Pennsylvania 55  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
                 
E1  Georgetown 77  
W1  St John's 59  
    E1  Georgetown 64
  S8  Villanova 66
S8  Villanova 52
M2  Memphis State 45  

Announcers

Further reading

  • Pinckney, Ed; Gordon, Robert (2004). Ed Pinckney's Tales from the Villanova Hardwood: The Story of the 1985 NCAA champs. Champaign: Sports Publishing. ISBN 1-58261-809-7.  

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