Sitting there on press row, just beneath the basket where Syracuse shot in the 2nd half, you could feel the energy.
It's no wonder Syracuse looks like a different team out there, they feel it too. And, as Jerami Grant put it, they've got their "mojo back."
"I'm just happy. We came to New York with the only goal to just get playing better and we played really well here in two game games and that's important. I think it's still important going into tomorrow night to, again, to play well," said Jim Boeheim.
The tomorrow night that Boeheim mentioned is the rematch with Georgetown.
You almost saw it coming, not because of stats and certainly not with how the Orange was playing entering the Big East Tournament, but because it's just that---the Big East Tournament.
The place where a bubble team in 2006 turned into Big East champion. The place where it took six overtimes to settle a dispute with a rival in UConn.
The Big East Tournament. Now, the place where we get to see one last time Syracuse and Georgetown lock horns.
You almost knew it was going to happen because that lackluster 61-39 game last weekend wasn't indicative of the rivalry, there's no way it couldn't have ended like that. And now, it won't.
"It's a great way for this league to go out," Boeheim said about tomorrow night's game. "We got to the semis in this tournament a lot I think over 20 times. It's great to be able to do that because it means you played pretty good and that's what we're trying to do, play good and get ready for, unfortunately, the only thing that matters, next week."
Think about it, this is the final Big East Tournament in its current state. And the two schools who made the conference and the tournament what it is today will meet one more time. It'd only be more fitting if the schools met in the title game. But I think the fans will take a rematch in the semifinals.
For anyone in MSG, take it in. Take stock. Look around you and see the newly renovated Garden full of Orange and Navy. If you're watching at home remember why SU fans grew up rooting against the Hoyas.
Be thankful Orange Nation, thanks to the Big East Tournament, Syracuse may get the last laugh in the rivalry with Georgetown.