A former Orange remembers the Big East Tournament

By wbng sports

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

The last Big East Tournament begins this week, at least the last one as many of us know it, at Madison Square Garden. With Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame leaving for the ACC next season, and the Catholic Seven creating its own conference, these next five days are one last hurrah for one of the best conferences in college basketball.

Since the Big East started playing its tournament at Madison Square Garden in 1983 until now, plenty of memories have been created, including some for Maine-Endwell coach Dr. Sonny Spera. Spera played for Syracuse in the early years of the Big East conference and says there won't be anything to replace the Big East Tournament at MSG.

" I mean playing at a Madison Square Garden Arena is special," said Spera. "I don't care if you're doing a halftime demonstration at a Globetrotters game or if you're playing in front of a packed house for the New York Knicks against the Chicago Bulls. It's phenomenal. The history, the tradition, the people, the energy, the vibe in New York City is just amazing."

The current Syracuse team kicks of this year's Big East Tournament Wednesday at 2 pm against the winner of Seton Hall and USF.

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