Dec. 19, 2013
The gift of classic BIG EAST basketball comes to FOX Sports 1 on Christmas Day with eight straight hours of some of the conference's greatest games. The marathon features four all-time matchups, including the BIG EAST's historic three-team Final Four and Villanova's "perfect" NCAA Championship Game in 1985, and tips off Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 12:00 PM ET.
St. John's and Georgetown open the marathon with an upset from the 1984 regular season in which Chris Mullin scored 33 points to lead the Johnnies to a 75-71 win over Patrick Ewing and the second-ranked and eventual national champion Hoyas.
At 2:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1 shows last year's third-round NCAA Tournament game between Marquette and Butler, who was then a member of the Atlantic-10 Conference. In a back-and-forth game, the Golden Eagles edged the Bulldogs, 74-72, as Butler's last-second shot was off the mark.
St. John's and Georgetown take the court again at 4:00 PM ET, this time in the 1985 NCAA Tournament Semifinal. The teams joined Villanova in the Final Four, making the BIG EAST the only conference in history to place three teams in the same national semifinal. The Hoyas rolled to a 77-59 victory, setting up the final game in FOX Sports 1's Christmas marathon, the 1985 National Championship Game between Georgetown and Villanova.
At 6:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1 has Villanova's "perfect game," a 66-64 win over Georgetown that still stands as one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. The hot-handed Wildcats shot nearly 80 percent from the floor to take down the top-ranked Hoyas.
Studio host Rob Stone and FOX Sports lead college basketball game analyst Bill Raftery provide context, analysis and postgame thoughts for each of the four classic games.
FOX Sports is home to BIG EAST basketball with more than 100 men's games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including the entire BIG EAST Men's Basketball Tournament from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Conference play gets underway Tuesday, Dec. 31, with a five-game New Year's Eve marathon from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM ET live on FOX Sports 1.