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Terps play UConn at 'the mecca' to honor New York kid Jim Valvano

Terps play UConn at 'the mecca' to honor New York kid Jim Valvano

As with most basketball fans who grew up near New York City, Madison Square Garden was an important place in the life of the late Jim Valvano, long before a tournament in his memory would be played there.

It is where he went as a kid, traveling in from Long Island with his father Rocco, a high school basketball coach, and his two brothers, to watch the New York Knicks when they were very bad and, later, when they were the best team on the planet.

It is where he played as a senior at Rutgers, when he was known mostly for sharing the backcourt with the team's star, Bob Lloyd. The Scarlet Knights played at the old Garden five times during Valvano's senior year, three of them in a...

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