Dave Gavitt's vision -- a Northeast alliance of basketball schools called the Big East -- came to life at Madison Square Garden.
On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn't make a field goal until the second half, No. 5 Georgetown used stifling defense to close its Big East rivalry against No. 17 Syracuse with a 61-39 victory.
Continuing Insider's series, Jay Bilas ranks the 2012-13 Big East, with the Louisville Cardinals at No. 1.
The top programs in the Big East flexed their muscle on the recruiting trail.