And now we get another look at what the math says is our #1 seeds in the Greatest NCAA Champion Tournament.
Next up is a recent dominant championship team, John Calipari’s only (for now) championship squad at Kentucky, the 2012 Wildcats. Their opponents here are one of the biggest Cinderella teams in tournament history, Rollie Massimino’s 1985 Villanova Wildcats.
#1 2012 Kentucky Wildcats
Head Coach: John Calipari
Title game result: defeated #2 Kansas 67-59
Overview: With 38 wins, no NCAA teams has completed a more winning season than the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky dominated the competition with their newest crop of talented freshman and sophomores, led by Anthony Davis. UK went undefeated in the SEC and went 19-0 at home in 2011-12. They won the SEC Championship, and were the top seeded in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite being every team’s number one target, Kentucky winning five of six games by double digits. Only in-state rival Louisville in the National Semifinals came within 10 of the mighty Wildcats. They knocked off Kansas 69-57 in the championship game to complete Calipari’s first national championship.
Anthony Davis, the do-it-all big man led Kentucky with 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks per-game. His supporting cast wasn’t half-bad either, as Doron Lamb averaged 13.7 on the year, and led the team with 22 points in the National Championship game. Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, and Darius Miller all reached double figures in the scoring department.
#9 1985 Villanova Wildcats
Coach: Rollie Massimino
Title Game Result: Defeated #1 Georgetown 66-64
Previous Round Result: Defeated #8 1989 Michigan 62%-38%
In their opening contest of our greatest champions tournament, the Wildcats pulled off yet another upset as they bested Glen Rice and the 1989 Michigan Wolverines in our East Regional play-in matchup.
Overview: The lowest seed ever to win the NCAA Championship, the Villanova Wildcats behind head coach Rollie Massimino shocked the world when they defeated overwhelming favorite Georgetown and star Patrick Ewing in the national title game. To score the upset, the Wildcats shot a ridiculous 78 percent from the floor.
‘Nova had an unspectacular regular season, going 19-10 and 9-7 in the Big East. During the tournament however, they caught fire, knocking off top-seeded Michigan and second-seeded North Carolina in the Southeast Region, and #2 seed Memphis State in the national semifinals before shocking Georgetown.
The Wildcats were led by Ed Pickney, who averaged 15.7 points per-game, as well as Dwayne McClain and Harold Pressley, who each averaged in double-figures.