Best five games in Big East tournament history
FIVE BEST GAMES IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT HISTORY
5 Allen vs. Allen: The 1996 championship saw a pair of future NBA stars, Georgetown's Allen Iverson and UConn's Ray Allen, squared off in the final. Allen hit the winner with 13 seconds left as the Huskies won 75-74 for their second Big East crown. (You can make a good case for Syracuse's 2006 run, winning four games as the No. 9 seed by a combined eight points, as well.)
4 St. John's wins first Big East tournament at MSG: The hometown Red Storm, behind tournament MVP Chris Mullin, won the league's first tournament in what has now been its home for 30 years. Lou Carnesecca's team went through Pitt, Villanova and Boston College to win.
3 Syracuse wins first Big East title on home court: Before the MSG days, the tournament played in venues such as the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse needed three overtimes to beat Villanova in 1981. Tournament MVP was Andy Rautins, who hit the go-ahead shot with three seconds left; his son Andy would later play for the Orange in the six-overtime classic in 2009.
2 Kemba Walker leads UConn to five wins in five days, 2011: Walker had 130 points in five days, leading the Huskies to four wins against ranked opponents, including a 69-66 victory over No. 14 Louisville in the final. With the league splitting up, no college team in any tournament may win five in five days like this again.
1 Syracuse over UConn in six overtimes, 2009: Even as a quarterfinal, it has to top the list. Such a grueling dogfight — the Orange's Jonny Flynn played 67 minutes, went 16-for-16 on free throws and scored 34 in the 127-117 win; five UConn players had double-digit rebounds in the loss. For sheer resilience, it may never be topped.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer