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.

That is, until the 2018 tournament rolled around. 

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History has already been made during this year's NCAA Tournament with the first instance of a No. 16 seed ever knocking out a No. 1, as well as improbable runs by low-seeded Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago, Syracuse and Florida State. 

It's possible that even after all of this, more history is set to be made. 

In 1985, the No. 8 seed Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team took home the NCAA Championship 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.

Since that 1985 title game, only two 8-seeds have returned to the championship game: the 2011 Butler Bulldogs and the 2014 Kentucky Wildcats. 

With two No. 9 seeds already advancing from the Sweet 16 round to the Elite Eight, the chances of Villanova's record being broken this season are only increasing. Ironically enough, the Wildcats -- a No. 1 seed this time around -- are one of the teams still standing in the way. 

Related: Take a look back at the 1985 Villanova Wildcats: 

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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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