1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

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1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
1984–85 record 25–10 (11–8 Big East)
Head coach Rollie Massimino
Assistant coach Mitch Buonaguro
Assistant coach Marty Marbach
Assistant coach Steve Lappas
Home arena Villanova Field House
Seasons
« 1983–84 1985–86 »
1984–85 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 St. John's 15 1   .938     31 4   .886
#1 Georgetown 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#15 Syracuse 9 7   .563     22 9   .710
Villanova 9 7   .563     25 10   .714
Pittsburgh 8 8   .500     17 12   .586
Boston College 7 9   .438     20 11   .645
Connecticut 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
Providence 3 13   .188     11 20   .355
Seton Hall 1 15   .063     10 18   .357
† 1985 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1985[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University. The Head Coach was Rollie Massimino. The team played its home games at Villanova Field House in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Big East Conference. The team is famous for one of the biggest upsets in sports history – a 66–64 win over #1 Georgetown in the NCAA Final on April 1, 1985.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Connally Brown 50 Forward 6–7 Sophomore Orange, TX
Veltra Dawson 10 Guard 6–1 Freshman Highwood, IL
Chuck Everson 41 Center 7–1 Junior Brentwood, NY
Brian Harrington 20 Guard 6–0 Senior Pound Ridge, NY
Harold Jensen 32 Guard 6–5 Sophomore Trumbull, CT
Wyatt Maker 43 Center 6–11 Sophomore Salinas, CA
R. C. Massimino 13 Guard 5–10 Junior Villanova, PA
Dwayne McClain 33 Guard/Forward 6–6 Senior Worcester, MA
Gary McLain 22 Guard 6–0 Senior Methuen, MA
Ed Pinckney 54 Forward/Center 6–9 Senior Bronx, NY
Steve Pinone 25 Forward 6–4 Sophomore Wethersfield, CT
Mark Plansky 31 Forward 6–7 Freshman Wakefield, MA
Harold Pressley 21 Forward 6–7 Junior Mystic, CT
Dwight Wilbur 4 Guard 6–2 Junior Paterson, NJ

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 24*
at Vermont W 80–56  1–0

Burlington, VT
November 28*
at Marist W 56–51  2–0

Poughkeepsie, NY
December 1*
vs. Temple W 68–65  3–0
The Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
December 5*
Monmouth W 77–62  4–0
Villanova Field House
Villanova, PA
December 15
at Penn W 80–67  5–0
The Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
December 21*
at Drexel W 63–55  6–0

Philadelphia, PA
December 22*
at LaSalle W 80–63  7–0
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA
December 28*
vs. BYU W 91–61  8–0

December 29*
vs. Georgia L 68–75  8–1

Big East Conference Regular Season
January 2
Syracuse W 82–70  9–1
(1–0)
Villanova Field House
Villanova, PA
January 5
Connecticut W 70–59  10–1
(2–0)
Villanova Field House
Villanova, PA
January 7
at St. John's L 71–76  10–2
(2–1)
Alumni Hall
Queens, NY
January 12
#16 Georgetown L 50–52  10–3
(2–2)
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA
January 15
Boston College W 85–66  11–3
(3–2)
Villanova Field House
Villanova, PA
January 19
#18 at Seton Hall W 86–74  12–3
(4–2)
Meadowlands Arena
East Rutherford, NJ
January 23
#14 Providence W 65–57  13–3
(5–2)
The Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
January 27*
#14 at Maryland L 74–77  13–4
Cole Field House
College Park, MD
January 29
#18 Pittsburgh W 70–63  14–4
(6–2)
The Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
February 1
#18 at Syracuse L 79–92  14–5
(6–3)
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, NY
February 5
#19 at Connecticut W 79–71  15–5
(7–3)
Hugh S. Greer Field House
Storrs, CT
February 9
#19 St. John's L 68–70  15–6
(7–4)
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA
February 11
#19 at Georgetown L 50–57  15–7
(7–5)

Washington, D.C.
February 16
#16 at Boston College L 61–62  15–8
(7–6)

Chestnut Hill, MA
February 19*
vs. St. Joseph's W 47–44  16–8
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA
February 23
at Providence W 88–82  17–8
(8–6)

Providence, RI
February 27
Seton Hall W 80–75  18–8
(9–6)
Villanova Field House
Villanova, PA
March 2
at Pittsburgh L 62–85  18–9
(9–7)

Pittsburgh, PA
Big East Tournament
March 7*
vs. Pittsburgh
Big East Tournament Quarterfinal
W 69–61  19–9
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
March 8*
vs. St. John's
Big East Tournament Semifinal
L 74–89  19–10
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 15*
vs. Dayton
NCAA Southeast First Round
W 51–49  20–10

Dayton, OH
March 17*
vs. Michigan
NCAA Southeast Second Round
W 59–55  21–10

Dayton, OH
March 22*
vs. Maryland
NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal
W 46–43  22–10

Birmingham, AL
March 24*
vs. North Carolina
NCAA Southeast Regional Final
W 56–44  23–10

Birmingham, AL
March 30*
vs. Memphis
NCAA National Semifinal
W 52–45  24–10
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
April 1*
, CBS
vs. Georgetown
NCAA National Championship
W 66–64  25–10
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1985 1 10 Ed Pinckney Phoenix Suns[5]
1985 2 27 Dwayne McClain Indiana Pacers[5]
1985 7 144 Gary McLain New Jersey Nets[5]
1986 1 17 Harold Pressley Sacramento Kings[6]
1986 6 130 Chuck Everson Utah Jazz[6]
1987 6 122 Harold Jensen Cleveland Cavaliers[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ Basketball State. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  3. ^ 2014-15 Villanova men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  4. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  5. ^ a b c "1985 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "1986 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "1986 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.