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 hailed from Brooklyn, scored 23 points in the final and was named MVP. It was the first Big East Championship for legendary coach Lou Carnesecca. Still held at The Garden, the Big East Tournament is the longest running conference tournament at any one site college basketball.