Elite No. 8: The lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Championship

Everybody loves a Cinderella story.

Seasoned March Madness fans know to have at least a few upsets in their bracket. It's generally safe to pick them early on -- a 10 seed over the 7, the occasional 12 seed over a 5 -- but as the tournament goes on, those selections become riskier and riskier.

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Sometimes, those risks pay off and get you an extra few points in your bracket. Once in a blue moon (read: once in history) an 8-seed wins the whole darn thing and the gamble really pays off.

The No. 8 seed Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team took home the NCAA Championship in 1985 and became the lowest seed ever to do so -- in the men's or women's tournament. They defeated No. 1 seeded Georgetown in the final game, and tackled plenty of other high seeds on their way to the top.

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LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Rollie Massimino, head coach of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team talks to his players against the Georgetown University Hoyas before the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Ed Pinckney, #54 forward of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team looks to pass the ball against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - APRIL 1: Harold Jensen #32 of Villanova University guards David Wingate #40 of Georgetown University at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Harold Jenson, #32 of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team shoots a free throw against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON,KY - APRIL 1: Patrick Ewing #33 of Georgetown University prepares to dunk the basketball as players, including David Wingate #40, from Georgetown and Villanova University watch at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Dwayne McClain, #33 guard of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team shoots the ball against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON,KY - APRIL 1: Patrick Ewing #33 of Georgetown University guards Ed Pinckney #54 of Villanova University at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
SEATTLE - APRIL 1: Patrick Ewing #33 of Georgetown University dunks the basketball as three Villanova University players including Gary McLain #22 watch at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on April 1, 1985. The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Rollie Massimino, head coach of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team talks to his players against the Georgetown University Hoyas before the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: A player of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team looks to pass the ball against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON,KY - APRIL 1: Patrick Ewing #33 of Georgetown University defends the lane against Ed Pinckney #54 of Villanova University at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky . The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
LEXINGTON,KY - APRIL 1: Patrick Ewing #33 of Georgetown University rebounds the basketball in front of Ed Pinckney #54 of Villanova University while Michael Jackson #30 and Mark Plansky #31at the 1985 NCAA Championship Game at Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats upset the Hoyas 66-64. (Photo by Georgetown/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
PHILADELPHIA - 1985: Gary McLain (left) and Ed Pinckney (right) of Villanova University celebrate with the 1985 NCAA Basketball Championship trophy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wildcats upset the Georgetown University Hoyas 66-64 to win the title. (Photo by Villanova/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 1, 1985: Fans of the Villanova University Wildcats men's basketball team cheer on the team against the Georgetown University Hoyas after the 1985 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats won 66-64 (Photo by Collegiate Images/Villanova University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: A fan holds a tenant from the last championship in 1985 during the Villanova Wildcats Championship Parade on April 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The championship was even more impressive since 1985 was the first ever tournament to include 64 teams after years of incremental expansion.

Villanova's first opponent in the bracket was the only seed they faced lower than themselves: No. 9 Dayton. The Wildcats came out on top, 51-49.

The next task was taking down Michigan, the No. 1 seed in the Southeast region that year. After winning that game 59-55, Villanova defeated No. 5 seeded Maryland to earn a trip to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats beat North Carolina there by a score of 56-44 to move on to the coveted Final Four.

The 1985 Final Four was comprised of two No. 1 seeds (Georgetown and St. John's, New York), a No. 2 seed (Memphis) and, of course, No. 8 seed Villanova. Georgetown handled St. John's 77-59 and Cinderella Villanova defeated Memphis 52-45 to earn their spots the championship game.

Villanova suffered two losses at the hands of Georgetown already that season, by scores of 52-50 and 57-50. It was time for the Wildcats to get revenge.

On April 1, 1985, the Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas met in Lexington, Kentucky before 23,124 fans who ended up being witnesses to history.

During the game, Villanova posted the highest field goal percentage in the history of the Final Four, hitting over 78% of their shots. Senior Dwayne McClain put up 17 points and was the night's leading scorer as the Wildcats defeated the Hoyas 66-64. The monumental victory was also Villanova's first NCAA Championship ever.

Since Villanova's 1985 win, only two 8-seeds have returned to the championship game: the 2011 Butler Bulldogs and the 2014 Kentucky Wildcats.

Villanova made it back to the big game last year and once again took home the crown -- though they made it as a No. 2 seed that time around.

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