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1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

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.

1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
ConferenceBig East Conference
1984–85 record25–10 (11–8 Big East)
Head coachRollie Massimino (12th season)
Assistant coachMitch Buonaguro
Assistant coachMarty Marbach
Assistant coachSteve Lappas
Home arenaVillanova 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

Contents

RosterEdit

1984–85 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 50 Connally Brown 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Orange, Texas
G 10 Veltra Dawson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Highland Park, Illinois
C 41 Chuck Everson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jr Brentwood, New York
G 20 Brian Harrington 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Pound Ridge, New York
G 32 Harold Jensen 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Trumbull, Connecticut
C 43 Wyatt Maker 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Salinas, California
G 13 Roland Massimino 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Villanova, Pennsylvania
G/F 33 Dwayne McClain 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Worcester, Massachusetts
G 22 Gary McLain 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Hempstead, New York
F/C 54 Ed Pinckney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Bronx, New York
F 25 Steve Pinone 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Wethersfield, Connecticut
F 31 Mark Plansky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Wakefield, Massachusetts
F 21 Harold Pressley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Mystic, Connecticut
G 4 Dwight Wilbur 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Paterson, New Jersey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

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ScheduleEdit

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
Big 5
W 68–65  3–0
The Palestra 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 5*
Monmouth W 77–62  4–0
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, Pennsylvania
December 15
at Penn
Big 5
W 80–67  5–0
The Palestra 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 21*
at Drexel
City 6
W 63–55  6–0
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 22*
at La Salle
Big 5
W 80–63  7–0
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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)
Madison Square Garden 
New York City, New York
January 12
No. 16 Georgetown L 50–52  10–3
(2–2)
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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, Pennsylvania
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, Pennsylvania
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, Pennsylvania
February 11
No. 19 at Georgetown L 50–57  15–7
(7–5)
Capital Centre 
Landover, Maryland
February 16
No. 16 at Boston College L 61–62  15–8
(7–6)
Boston Garden 
Boston, Massachusetts
February 19*
vs. St. Joseph's W 47–44  16–8
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 23
at Providence W 88–82  17–8
(8–6)
Providence Civic Center 
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)
Fitzgerald Field House 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Big East Tournament
March 7*
vs. Pittsburgh
Big East Tournament Quarterfinal
W 69–61  19–9
Madison Square Garden 
New York City, New York
March 8*
vs. St. John's
Big East Tournament Semifinal
L 74–89  19–10
Madison Square Garden 
New York Coty, New York
NCAA Tournament
March 15*
(8) vs. (9) Dayton
NCAA Southeast First Round
W 51–49  20–10
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
March 17*
(8) vs. (1) No. 2 Michigan
NCAA Southeast Second Round
W 59–55  21–10
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
March 22*
(8) vs. (4) Maryland
NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal
W 46–43  22–10
BJCC Coliseum 
Birmingham, Alabama
March 24*
(8) vs. (2) No. 7 North Carolina
NCAA Southeast Regional Final
W 56–44  23–10
BJCC Coliseum 
Birmingham, Alabama
March 30*
(8 SE) vs. (2 MW) No. 5 Memphis State
NCAA National Semifinal
W 52–45  24–10
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
April 1*
 CBS
(8 SE) vs. (1 E) No. 1 Georgetown
NCAA National Championship
W 66–64  25–10
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. SE=Southeast.

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Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ "1985 NCAA Final Four program". March 1985.
  3. ^ Basketball State. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  4. ^ 2014-15 Villanova men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  5. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Mar-22.
  6. ^ a b c "1985 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  7. ^ a b "1986 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  8. ^ "1986 NBA Draft". BasketballReference.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 18 February 2010.