Ewing, 55, and Mullin, 54, greeted one another just after the National Anthem before the game began, with Ewing teasing Mullin about wearing a suit and tie. “We’ve developed a great friendship over the years,” Ewing said. “Before the game I was joking with him because I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a tie. He told me he wore it in my honor. So that was his sweater.” Mullin and Ewing were synonymous with the Big East when it was considered the best conference in the nation and placed three of the four teams in the 1985 Final Four. They then went on to be teammates on the 1992 Dream Team that won the Barcelona Olympics, and to have long NBA careers that put both in the Hall of Fame. Now both are back coaching their alma maters. “I think it’s a great rivalry,” Ewing said. “Both teams have a rich tradition. Before myself and Chris came, you had Louie and Coach [John] Thompson. You had ‘The Sweater Game’ and then you had myself and Chris playing against each other in Big East Tournament games and in the regular season.
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