Five years ago today, Syracuse and Connecticut staged an epic six-overtime battle in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big East Tournament. The marathon match which saw the Orange come out on top, 127-117, was one of, if not, the greatest college basketball game of all time. But we will shelve that discussion for another day. Sadly, with this year's tournament getting underway tonight, UConn and 'Cuse are nowhere to be seen as both teams have left the once powerhouse Big East Conference and moved onto the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), respectively.
After undergoing a complete makeover this summer, adding teams like Butler, Xavier and Creighton, the conference still hasn't been and will probably never be the same. However, that's no fault of the Big East itself. Instead, it's a testament to the incredible games that have been played and the amazing athletes who have competed throughout the conference's 35-year history. So, let's take a trip down memory lane and remember such events as the Battle of the Allens and Kemba Walker's Madison Square Garden takeover in The 10 Greatest Moments in Big East Tournament History.