April Fools Championship

April 21, 2020

UMBC over Virginia in 2018 and Jimmy V’s NC State over Houston in 1983 notwithstanding, the 1985 NCAA Tournament upset on April 1, 1985 of 8 seeded Villanova over 1 seeded Georgetown has to be one of the most historic upsets in the storied history of the NCAA Tournament.

Throughout the season, Nova used a stalwart defensive scheme and a slow offensive strategy that deemed missed shots like a sign of the apocalypse to come to ultimate fruition as NCAA Champions.
Achieving basketball immortality over the Patrick Ewing led Hoyas, a Georgetown team often vaunted as the unbeatable tournament opponent, the closeknit Wildcats have maybe one of the greatest runs in tourny history. The Cats danced to victories in the rounds of 64 and 32 over Dayton and a top seeded Michigan team, thumped the Len Bias led Maryland Terps, and set up an Elite Eight matchup with the Dean Smith coached North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cats lit up the Tar Heels 56-44 and knew something special was brewing down on that hardwood.
Villanova coach, Rollie Massimino – a round, effusive cherub of a man – remarked he knew they could beat anyone and possibly win it all after they knocked off North Carolina, but the showdown with the Hoyas was still a Final Four game away. Nonetheless, they knocked off Memphis State with stringent defense to move onto the championship game.
With Georgetown seemingly already crowned the belle of the ball, the Wildcats were secretly hoping that the Hoyas would defeat St. Johns in their respective Final Four matchup. With Villanova, Georgetown, and St. John’s all in the Big East, the teams had played each other many times throughout the season. While the Wildcats had lost all their matchups to the two other teams, they had been utterly destroyed by St. John’s in Big East semifinals. The Cats would rather play the Hoyas, who had only beaten them in close victories, and lo and behold Georgetown advanced over St. John’s in an 89-74 blowout.
Thus, the Cats were in the Final against the Evil Empire of college basketball. With Ewing, the Hoyas reached the Final three times in four years and had won the whole shebang in 1984. The time for the game had come, and it just happened to fall on April Fool’s Day. Could an unlikely miracle happen? Villanova devised a defensive scheme that would switch from zone to man to man forcing Georgetown into a bewildering adjustment on the fly. On offense, they just figured, they would have to play the games of their lives and they pretty much did. Nova shot a staggering 78.6% from the field only missing one shot in the second half blocked by Ewing. The Cats played slow and deliberately and with a late turnover by Georgetown secured the victory. The rest, they say, is history.

Tagged: College, college basketball, NCAA

Shop Villanova Wildcats

Vintage Brand offering unique vintage gear for fans

Shop Villanova Wildcats vintage designs for apparel, clothing, gear, and merchandise for all sports fanatics at the Villanova Wildcats Shop on Shop historic Villanova Wildcats fan gear and vintage college apparel to give your team the ultimate homefield advantage. The vintage Villanova Wildcats Store has throwback Villanova Wildcats clothing and vintage sports merchandise, including old school Villanova Wildcats mascots. Visit Vintage Brand to choose from thousands of retro sports mascots and fanatics merchandise in the Villanova Wildcats Sports Shop, including Villanova Wildcats t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jerseys, long sleeve shirts, hats, lids, socks, koozies, mugs, drinkware, posters, canvas, pennants and more. Vintage Brand is not affiliated with the NFL Shop, MLB Shop, NBA Store, or NCAA Shop. Find the ultimate selection of vintage Villanova Wildcats football jerseys, baseball jerseys, and basketball jerseys for all sports fanatics. Visit the Villanova Wildcats Sports Store on Vintage Brand today!