Last Call For A Garden Party
Dave Gavitt's vision of a Northeast alliance of schools built around basketball came to life in the form of the Big East. Its annual gathering at Madison Square Garden quickly became one of the biggest events in college basketball. As the league's fractured future is decided, those who were there from the beginning remember how the Big East captured the grandest stage in the game.
by Dana O'Neil & Conor NevinsILLUSTRATION BY JOSUE EVILLA
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