80 Years of College Basketball at the Garden

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12/19/10: LADY HUSKIES WIN 88TH STRAIGHT

  When you talk about the greatest dynasties of all-time, the UConn Lady Huskies have to be in the discussion. Their historic win streak started in 2008 and by the time they faced No. 11 Ohio State on December 19, 2010, the streak had reached 87 games, one shy of the record set by John […]

3/8/06 – 3/11/06: MCNAMARA’S DRAMATICS

A teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s on the 2003 National Championship team, Gerry McNamara was a known as a dependable three-point shooter for coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse during his career.  But his star was never brighter than it was for the 2006 Big East Tournament. McNamara was simply a man possessed during Syracuse’s run to […]

3/9/85: GEORGETOWN BEATS ST. JOHN’S IN BIG EAST FINAL

  No one knew at the time, but the 1985 Big East Tournament Semifinals actually featured three of the eventual Final Four — Georgetown, St. John’s and Villanova. The final featured a game that was big enough for an NCAA championship game — No. 3 St. John’s battling Patrick Ewing and No. 1 Georgetown. Ewing […]

3/10/84: BIG EAST TITLE GAME BETWEEN SYRACUSE AND GEORGETOWN

The Big East’s fiercest rivals, Georgetown and Syracuse, battled it out in a heated game during the 1984 Big East Championship. In a tense, back-and-forth game, Syracuse held a three-point lead with four minutes remaining. Then, after fighting for a loose ball, Georgetown’s Michael Graham took a swing at Syracuse’s Andrew Hawkins. Initially, it appeared that […]

12/29/83: UNC, JORDAN TOP ST. JOHN’S

Before he was breaking hearts at The Garden with the Bulls, Michael Jordan was a college junior at North Carolina. But on Dec. 29, 1983, Jordan wasn’t the player who had the biggest impact on the game. His teammate, Sam Perkins, dominated the St. John’s Redmen with a game-high 31 points in a UNC win. […]

3/12/83: FIRST BIG EAST TOURNAMENT AT MSG

In 1983, the Big East Tournament was held at Madison Square Garden for the first time. In the first championship matchup, rivals Boston College and St. John’s faced off in front of a sellout crowd of 19,591. The No. 3 seeded Redmen upset the No. 1 seeded Eagles, 85-77, behind sophomore Chris Mullin. Mullin, who […]

1/6/82: BIG EAST DEBUTS FOR EWING, MULLIN

Jan. 6, 1982 featured the first time Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin entered the public consciousness. Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas would face Mullin’s St. John’s Redmen at The Garden in the first national doubleheader there since the 1960s. It featured a matchup of ranked teams — Georgetown was No. 14 and St. John’s was No. 9 […]

3/10/11: KEMBA HITS A BUZZER-BEATER VS. PITT

No one seriously gave UConn a chance when they entered the 2011 Big East tournament. After all, the Huskies were just 9-9 in Big East play, only good enough for a nine-seed when they began their tourney run. That meant that UConn had to win five games in five consecutive days to capture the Big […]

3/12/09: SIX OVERTIME THRILLER BETWEEN SYRACUSE AND CONNECTICUT

  Some may rank this Syracuse-Connecticut Big East Tournament semifinal matchup as one of the greatest college basketball games ever … and for good reason. Forget the fact that two heated Conference rivals faced off at the World’s Most Famous Arena and that two legendary Jims were on the benches (Jim Calhoun for UConn, Jim […]

12/20/07: CLASSIC BATTLE OF UNBEATENS

  On December 20, 2007 Pittsburgh and Duke met in a battle of unbeatens at The Garden. Duke took an early 16-point lead and were up by 13 points with 16:31 left in the game. However, Pittsburgh battled back and took the game to overtime. Pitt was playing shorthanded though as big-man DeJaun Blair fouled […]