MSG NETWORK TO CELEBRATE COLLEGE BASKETBALL AND THE RETURN OF THE NCAA EAST REGIONAL TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WITH A SPECIAL NIGHT OF PROGRAMMING
Monday, March 17 Starting at 6:00 p.m.
“Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden” – Bill Pidto, Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak Look Back at the Best College Basketball Games and Players in Garden History
Replays of Three Classic Games from The Garden:
UConn vs. Georgetown in the 1996 Big East Championship
Syracuse vs. UConn Six Overtime 2009 Big East Quarterfinal
UConn vs. Pittsburgh in the 2011 Big East Quarterfinals
New York, NY (March 13, 2014) – MSG Network will celebrate the history of college basketball at Madison Square Garden and the return of the NCAA East Regional to the World’s Most Famous Arena with a 30-minute special titled “Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden” and replays of three classic games, including Syracuse’s dramatic six-overtime win over UConn in the 2009 Big East Quarterfinals, on Monday, March 17 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by MSG’s Bill Pidto, Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak, “Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden” looks back at the most memorable college games and players at Madison Square Garden dating back to 1931. Some of the top moments discussed include: Walt Frazier’s Southern Illinois Salukis win over Marquette in the 1967 NIT Championship; Georgetown’s win over St. John’s in the 1985 Big East Championship featuring Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullen’s final college game at The Garden; and legendary St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca’s banner being raised to the Garden rafters in 2001.
MSG will also telecast abbreviated versions of three classic games from Garden history: the 1996 Big East Championship between UConn and Georgetown featuring stars Ray Allen versus Allen Iverson; Syracuse’s six-overtime win against UConn in the 2009 Big East Quarterfinals; and Kemba Walker’s 24-point performance and game-winning shot against Pittsburgh to continue UConn’s run to the Big East title and National Championship in 2011.
“Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden” will also reveal the greatest college hoops game ever at Madison Square Garden as decided by fan vote on MSG.com.
Below is the schedule for MSG Network’s celebration of college basketball at The Garden.
6:00 p.m. “Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden”
6:30 p.m. UConn vs. Georgetown – Big East Championship Final (3/10/96)
7:30 p.m. “Hoopla: 80 Years of College Basketball at The Garden”
8:00 p.m. Syracuse vs. UConn – Big East Quarterfinals: 6 OT Game (3/12/09)
9:30 p.m. UConn vs. Pittsburgh – Big East Quarterfinals (3/10/11)
For the first time in 53 years, Madison Square Garden will host the NCAA East Regional on March 28 and 30. The winner will advance to the Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for the semifinals on April 5 and the NCAA Championship game on April 7.