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The greatest service academy basketball team ever: Remembering Navy’s 1986 March Madness run to the Elite Eight

Long before he coached Duke to five national titles, Krzyzewski was senior captain of the 1968-69 Army team under legendary coach Bob Knight. He never reached the NCAA Tournament as a player or as head coach of the Cadets from 1975 to 1980.

As the tournaments head into the Final Four games this weekend, it’s been 35 years since future Hall of Famer David Robinson and the 1985-86 Midshipmen embarked on one of the most improbable runs in college basketball — and staked a claim to be the greatest service academy team in history.

As schools like George Mason, VCU, Florida Gulf Coast and Loyola-Chicago became darlings of March Madness during the social media-age, one Midshipmen team was ahead of their time.