Best NCAA Tournament Cinderellas of all time

Slide 1 of 25: Villanova may be a national power nowadays with Jay Wright at the helm, but as the lowest seed in NCAA Tournament history to win it all, this one was a no-brainer. The eighth-seed Wildcats, coached by the irreverent Rollie Massimino, topped legendary coach John Thompson's Hoyas, led by star Patrick Ewing, in what's considered the greatest upset in championship game history. The Wildcats famously missed just one shot in the second half and shot a record 78.6 percent from the field, slowing the game down in the pre-shot clock era. Nova defeated Dayton, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Memphis State to reach the title game.

By Joe Boland, Yardbarker // Source, MSN Sports

1985 VILLANOVA WILDCATS

Villanova may be a national power with Jay Wright at the helm, but as the lowest seed in NCAA Tournament history to win it all, this one was a no-brainer. The eighth-seed Wildcats, coached by the irreverent Rollie Massimino, topped legendary coach John Thompson’s Georgetown Hoyas, led by star Patrick Ewing, in what’s considered the greatest upset in championship game history. The Wildcats famously missed just one shot in the second half and shot a record 78.6 percent from the field, slowing the game down in the pre-shot clock era. ‘Nova defeated Dayton, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Memphis State to reach the title game.

Slide 2 of 25: The Wolfpack needed a miraculous run at the end of the regular season just to make the tournament, and once it got there, Jim Valvano’s squad just kept “surviving and advancing.” After narrowly escaping an upset in the first round to Pepperdine, the Wolfpack edged Utah and No. 1 seed Virginia, led by great Ralph Sampson. But this squad is forever famous for Lorenzo Charles’ buss-beater off an airball put-back to defeat Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the heavily favored Houston squad that came in as a No. 1 seed, which was followed by Valvano running around the court looking for someone to hug.

1983 NC STATE WOLFPACK

The Wolfpack needed a miraculous run at the end of the regular season just to make the tournament, and once it got there, Jim Valvano’s squad just kept “surviving and advancing.” After narrowly escaping an upset in the first round to Pepperdine, the Wolfpack edged Utah and No. 1 seed Virginia, led by great Ralph Sampson. But this squad is forever famous for Lorenzo Charles’ buzzer-beater off an airball put-back to defeat Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and heavily favored Houston squad that came in as a No. 1 seed, which was followed by Valvano running around the court looking for someone to hug.

Slide 3 of 25: The 2010 Bulldogs were a few inches away from taking the top spot on this list, as current Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward's last-second, half-court shot nearly gave Butler an improbable upset over Duke. It would have gone down as the greatest shot in NCAA Tournament history, but instead it left the Bulldogs heartbroken and the Blue Devils as champs in the 61-59 thriller. Still, as a 10 seed, it was a remarkable run to the title game that included victories over No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 5 Michigan State. It's truly one of the most impressive runs ever.

2010 BUTLER BULLDOGS

The 2010 Bulldogs were a few inches from taking the top spot on this list, as current Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward’s last-second, half-court shot nearly gave Butler an improbable upset over Duke. It would have gone down as the greatest shot in NCAA Tournament history, but instead it left the Bulldogs heartbroken and the Blue Devils as champs in the 61-59 thriller. Still, as a 10 seed, it was a remarkable run to the title game that included victories over No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 5 Michigan State. It’s truly one of the most impressive runs ever.

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