35 Countdown: 1983

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Feb. 8, 2014

The BIG EAST Tournament became a Garden party as the conference moved into famed Madison Square Garden. It was the start of a celebrated tradition of BIG EAST basketball at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” The tournament has been played at the Garden every year since.

It was only appropriate that the hometown third-seeded St. John’s Redmen took home the title with an 85-77 upset of top-seeded Boston College in the championship game before a roaring full house on March 13.

New York’s own Chris Mullin led St. John’s and the sharp shooting sophomore was named Tournament MVP. Mullin poured in 65 points and dished out 17 assists in wins over Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals, Villanova in the semis and BC in the final.

Another sophomore in action in the 1983 tournament who BIG EAST and Garden fans would see a lot more in the future was Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing.