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
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 Tournament final on April 1, 1985.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home town
Connally Brown 50 Forward 6–3 Sophomore Orange, Texas
Veltra Dawson 10 Guard 6–1 Freshman Highwood, Illinois
Chuck Everson 41 Center 7–1 Junior Brentwood, New York
Brian Harrington 20 Guard 6–0 Senior Pound Ridge, New York
Harold Jensen 32 Guard 6–5 Sophomore Trumbull, Connecticut
Wyatt Maker 43 Center 6–11 Sophomore Salinas, California
R. C. Massimino 13 Guard 5–10 Junior Villanova, Pennsylvania
Dwayne McClain 33 Guard/Forward 6–6 Senior Worcester, Massachusetts
Gary McLain 22 Guard 6–0 Senior Methuen, Massachusetts
Ed Pinckney 54 Forward/Center 6–9 Senior Bronx, New York
Steve Pinone 25 Forward 6–4 Sophomore Wethersfield, Connecticut
Mark Plansky 31 Forward 6–7 Freshman Wakefield, Massachusetts
Harold Pressley 21 Forward 6–7 Junior Mystic, Connecticut
Dwight Wilbur 4 Guard 6–2 Junior Paterson, New Jersey

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, Vermont
November 28*
at Marist W 56–51  2–0
 
Poughkeepsie, New York
December 1*
vs. Temple W 68–65  3–0
The Palestra 
Philadelphia
December 5*
Monmouth W 77–62  4–0
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, Pennsylvania
December 15
at Penn W 80–67  5–0
The Palestra 
Philadelphia
December 21*
at Drexel W 63–55  6–0
 
Philadelphia
December 22*
at LaSalle W 80–63  7–0
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
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, Pennsylvania
January 5
Connecticut W 70–59  10–1
(2–0)
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, Pennsylvania
January 7
at St. John's L 71–76  10–2
(2–1)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, New York
January 12
No. 16 Georgetown L 50–52  10–3
(2–2)
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
January 15
Boston College W 85–66  11–3
(3–2)
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, Pennsylvania
January 19
No. 18 at Seton Hall W 86–74  12–3
(4–2)
Meadowlands Arena 
East Rutherford, New Jersey
January 23
No. 14 Providence W 65–57  13–3
(5–2)
The Palestra 
Philadelphia
January 27*
No. 14 at Maryland L 74–77  13–4
Cole Field House 
College Park, Maryland
January 29
No. 18 Pittsburgh W 70–63  14–4
(6–2)
The Palestra 
Philadelphia
February 1
No. 18 at Syracuse L 79–92  14–5
(6–3)
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, New York
February 5
No. 19 at Connecticut W 79–71  15–5
(7–3)
Hugh S. Greer Field House 
Storrs, Connecticut
February 9
No. 19 St. John's L 68–70  15–6
(7–4)
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
February 11
No. 19 at Georgetown L 50–57  15–7
(7–5)
 
Washington, D.C.
February 16
No. 16 at Boston College L 61–62  15–8
(7–6)
 
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
February 19*
vs. St. Joseph's W 47–44  16–8
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
February 23
at Providence W 88–82  17–8
(8–6)
 
Providence, Rhode Island
February 27
Seton Hall W 80–75  18–8
(9–6)
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, Pennsylvania
March 2
at Pittsburgh L 62–85  18–9
(9–7)
 
Pittsburgh
Big East Tournament
March 7*
vs. Pittsburgh
Big East Tournament Quarterfinal
W 69–61  19–9
Madison Square Garden 
New York City
March 8*
vs. St. John's
Big East Tournament Semifinal
L 74–89  19–10
Madison Square Garden 
New York
NCAA Tournament
March 15*
vs. Dayton
NCAA Southeast First Round
W 51–49  20–10
 
Dayton, Ohio
March 17*
vs. Michigan
NCAA Southeast Second Round
W 59–55  21–10
 
Dayton, Ohio
March 22*
vs. Maryland
NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal
W 46–43  22–10
 
Birmingham, Alabama
March 24*
vs. North Carolina
NCAA Southeast Regional Final
W 56–44  23–10
 
Birmingham, Alabama
March 30*
vs. Memphis
NCAA National Semifinal
W 52–45  24–10
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
April 1*
 CBS
vs. Georgetown
NCAA National Championship
W 66–64  25–10
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
*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.