That was Villanova, ranked 8th in the Southeast bracket, when they defeated Georgetown, 66-64, to win the NCAA championship in 1985.
Rankings are subjective. The NCAA Tournament games are about matchups.
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Since the seeding system was introduced in 1979, the lowest seed to win the NCAA men's basketball tournament was 8th-seeded Villanova in 1985.
16 seeded Harvard defeated 1 seed Stanford in the 1998 women's NCAA tournament. That is the only victory by a 16 seed in either the men's or women's tournament.
Villanova (#8) in 1985
Oklahoma in 2000 ranked 19
8 Villanova over Georgetown
Last year. They were ranked a 5 seed and lost to Cornell a 12.
An at large bid is awarded to a team that makes the NCAA Tournament, but did not win their Conference Tournament.