1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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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 (Vacated) (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 14, 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 college basketball history. 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 of its 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." This was also the last tournament until 2010 to feature two private schools in the title game. This tournament was also the last until 2012 to feature no teams in the sweet 16 from the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones.

The East Region is the only NCAA region in NCAA Tournament history to have no upsets in any round of the tournament.

Locations[edit]

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East Providence, Rhode Island (Providence Civic Center)
Midwest Dallas, Texas (Reunion Arena)
Southeast Birmingham, Alabama (BJCC Arena)
West Denver, Colorado (McNichols Sports Arena)
Finals Lexington, Kentucky (Rupp Arena)

Teams[edit]

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 Regional Runner-up 1 Georgetown L 60-54
East 3 Illinois Lou Henson Sweet Sixteen 2 Georgia Tech L 61-53
East 4 Loyola (IL) 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 Regional Runner-up 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 Regional Runner-up 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 VCU J. D. Barnett Round of 32 7 Alabama L 63-59
West 3 North Carolina State Jim Valvano Regional Runner-up 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[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


East Regional - Providence, Rhode Island[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Georgetown 68
16 Lehigh 43
1 Georgetown 63
Hartford
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
Hartford
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
Atlanta
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
Atlanta
2 Georgia Tech 70
2 Georgia Tech 65
15 Mercer 58

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 23
#1 Georgetown Hoyas 60, #2 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 54
Pts: P. Ewing - 14
Rebs: R. Dalton - 6
Asts: M. Jackson - 5
Pts: J. Salley - 15
Rebs: J. Salley - 5
Asts: S. Petway - 4
Halftime Score: 29-29
Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

West Regional - Denver, Colorado[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 St John's 83
16 Southern University 59
1 St John's 68
Salt Lake City
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
Salt Lake City
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
Albuquerque
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
Albuquerque
2 VCU 59
2 VCU 81
15 Marshall 65

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 24
#1 St. John's Redmen 69, #3 North Carolina State Wolfpack 60
Pts: C. Mullin - 25
Rebs: B. Wennington - 10
Asts: M. Moses, M. Jackson - 5
Pts: L. Charles - 15
Rebs: L. Charles, C. McQueen - 11
Asts: S. Webb - 9
Halftime Score: St. John's, 30-29
McNichols Arena - Denver, CO

Southeast Regional - Birmingham, Alabama[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Michigan 59
16 Fairleigh Dickinson 55
1 Michigan 55
Dayton
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
Dayton
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
South Bend
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
South Bend
2 North Carolina 60
2 North Carolina 76
15 Middle Tennessee St 57

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 24
#8 Villanova Wildcats 56, #2 North Carolina Tar Heels 44
Pts: H. Pressley - 15
Rebs: E. Pinckney - 7
Asts: E. Pinckney, H. Jensen - 3
Pts: B. Daugherty - 17
Rebs: B. Daugherty - 12
Asts: J. Wolf, K. Smith - 5
Halftime Score: North Carolina, 22-17
BJCC Coliseum - Birmingham, AL

Midwest Regional - Dallas, Texas[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Oklahoma 96
16 North Carolina A&T 83
1 Oklahoma 75
Tulsa
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
Tulsa
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
Houston
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*
Houston
2 Memphis State 67
2 Memphis State 67
15 Pennsylvania 55

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 23
#2 Memphis State Tigers 63, #1 Oklahoma Sooners 61
Pts: D. Kennedy - 16
Rebs: W. Tisdale - 12
Asts: T. McCalister, A. Bowie - 5
Pts: K. Lee - 23
Rebs: K. Lee - 11
Asts: A. Turner - 12
Halftime Score: 33-33
Reunion Arena - Dallas, TX

Final Four @ Lexington, Kentucky[edit]

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

Game Summaries[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 30
#8 Villanova Wildcats 52, #2 Memphis State Tigers 45
Pts: D. McClain - 19
Rebs: E. Pinckney - 9
Asts: M. Plansky, G. McClain, D. McClain - 2
Pts: A. Turner - 11
Rebs: Vincent Askew, W. Bedford, K. Lee - 7
Asts: V. Askew - 7
Halftime Score: 23-23
Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY
CBS
Saturday, March, 30
#1 Georgetown Hoyas 77, #1 St. John's Redmen 59
Pts: R. Williams - 20
Rebs: D. Wingate - 6
Asts: M. Jackson - 11
Pts: W. Glass - 13
Rebs: W. Berry - 6
Asts: M. Jackson - 5
Halftime Score: Georgetown, 32-28
Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, April 1
#8 Villanova Wildcats 66, #1 Georgetown Hoyas 64
Pts: D. McClain - 17
Rebs: E. Pinckney - 6
Asts: E. Pinckkney - 5
Pts: D. Wingate - 16
Rebs: B. Martin, P. Ewing - 5
Asts: M. Jackson - 9
Halftime Score: Villanova, 29-28
Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY

Announcers[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.