One of the greatest upsets in sports archives history occurred during March Madness at the 1985 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament between the Villanova Wildcats and the Georgetown Hoyas. Number 1 Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, came into the Rupp Arena in Kentucky with the title practically in the bag after outscoring the West region leader St. John Red Storm in the Final Four by 18 points. However, Number 8 Villanova had gained respect and momentum by handily beating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite Eight and Memphis State Tigers in the Final Four. Before those games, Villanova played just well enough to move on.
Carried on the back of that momentum in the final, each Villanova player shot the ball with such self-assurance that as a fan, you felt like every shot they put up was going in! In fact, they shot 9 of 10 in the second half and 22 of 28 in all for an amazing 78.6% from the floor. Now Georgetown had played a great game also, but how do you keep up with that shooting percentage? The hunter, suddenly turned hunted, Georgetown, was feeling the pressure of converting every time they had the ball due to the Wildcat’s sharp marksmanship displayed on that day.
In the end Villanova hung on to win 66-64 and Ed Pinckney was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player having gone 5 of 7 and 16 points in the final. To this day, Villanova is the lowest seed to ever the win the NCAA championship and the 78.6% team shooting percentage remains an NCAA tournament record for a single game.