The Conference Tournament gives every team in the conference one last chance to punch the ticket to the big dance.
In 2006, Syracuse showed the world what a team could do when given another chance. Syracuse entered the Big East Tournament with only one mission—win four games in four days.
After underachieving their way to a number nine seed, the Orange knew their only chance to reach the NCAA Tournament was to do the improbable—winning the Big East Tournament.
Syracuse's long, hard journey began with a game against the No. 9 seed Cincinnati. Syracuse was able to win a dog fight against Cincinnati on a three-point shot by Gerry McNamara as time expired.
This would not be the last time you would see late game heroics from McNamara. After the tough win Syracuse was rewarded by a playing game against the number one UConn, the next day.
How do you follow up a game winning three? McNamara answered that question by playing hero yet again.
Down by three with only seconds to go, G-Mac nailed a heart-wrenching shot sending the game to overtime. The Orange went on to win in thrilling fashion, 86-84.
But even after beating the No. 1 team in the country—Jim Boheim and crew knew they had to regroup for their Semi-Finals game against Georgetown.
They did just enough regrouping as they beat the Hoyas 58-57. The win put Syracuse in the Finals, as "win or go home" was on the line.
Syracuse finished the amazing run with 65-61 victory over Pitt to get the all important trip to the NCAA Tournament.
That is what I call Madness!