With the breakup of the Big East we celebrate 5 moments of greatness of Big East Basketball.
5.The sweater game.
The greatness of the Big East is associated with great coaching. Lou Carnesecca, John Thompson, Rollie Massimino, Rick Petino, P.J. Carlissimo, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, etc, etc. This is a game from the heyday of the Big East, the mid 80's. Carnesecca was famous for wearing awful sweaters. John Thompson, head coach of Georgetown came into the Garden for a showdown between number 1 St. John's and the number 2 Hoyas. Thompson busted out an exact replica of the Carnesecca sweater in pregame. It was a great moment.
4. 'Mello and the 'Cuse
Freshman phenom Carmello Anthony led the 2003 Orang to the NCAA title. A huge moment for one and done guys. The 'Cuse also had a guy named Gerry McNamarra who looked like an extra from The Town. Mello made millions in that tournament run.
3. Patrick Ewing and Georgetown
There was no force equivalent to Patrick Ewing. He was a force for the bad boy Hoyas. People credit the Fab Five for their cultural impact on the game, those guys had nothing on the Hoyas. They were Darth Vader, the Steel Curtain, Doomsday, and the Evil Empire in Gray with undershirts. UNDERSHIRTS! Patrick Ewing was the poster child for a team that ran about 10 deep with top flight talent.
2. The 'Cuse and UConn in 6 Overtimes
The magic of the Garden is gone, at least in its present incarnation. But we'll always have this classic. 6 OT's, almost 4 hours of gameplay, 244 combined points, 8 players fouled out, 6 players with double/doubles.
1. Villanova Upsets Georgetown for the 1985 title.
'Nove hit 76% of their shots and Ed Pickney led the Wildcats to an upset of the vaunted Hoyas. There were 3 Big East schools at the '85 Final Four with St. Johns and Chris Mullen losing to the Hoyas in the semis. This was the last Final Four played on a college campus.