NCAA Tournament Championship Game Upsets (Video), Part 1 of 2

The Greatest Upset In NCAA Finals History: Villanova Over Georgetown In 1985

The Greatest Upset In NCAA Finals History: Villanova Over Georgetown In 1985

There have been many classic upsets in NCAA Tournament history (check out these First Rounders, for example), but not too many in the last dance – the National Final. Only nine Championship Game underdogs* (out of 35 through 2013) have taken home the title since the NCAA instituted seeding in 1978-79.

And it just so happens that first year of seeding bore an upset – Magic Johnson‘s Michigan State Spartans beat Larry Bird‘s Indiana State Sycamores. Did we say classic?

See for yourself. It’s the first of nine video clips – every one of the upsets – Sports List of the Day is showcasing in a two-parter.

We’re going chronological from the beginning, and let’s admit, this first group is better than the second. It has some of the more classic sports events in college basketball history, for sure.

Bobby Knight?

Jimmy V. and N.C. State?

Villanova over Georgetown?

It hardly gets more classic.

Tomorrow: Part 2.

1. 1979: (2) Michigan State 75 – (1) Indiana State 64

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2. 1981: (3) Indiana 63 – (2) North Carolina 50

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3. 1983: (6) North Carolina State 54 – (1) Houston 52

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4. 1985: (8) Villanova 66 – (1) Georgetown 64

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5. 1986: (2) Louisville 72 – (1) Duke 69

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Photo: news.sportslogos.net

* Strictly using seeding to determine upsets.

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