Madison Square Garden is a basketball mecca -- but only for those of a certain generation.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who leads his team into the NIT semifinals in New York on Tuesday, informed his team of the opportunity to play on one of the sport's greatest stages. He talked of playing there as the point guard at Kansas, discussed the historic significance of Maryland's NIT victory there 41 years ago and mentioned the illustrious names who have been MVP of the NIT, including Tom McMillen, Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson, Walt Frazier and George Mikan.
Pe'Shon Howard, however, doesn't anticipate Madison Square Garden measuring up to the Terps' opener at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"It was Kentucky. It was the first game of the season. You had Jay-Z in the front row," Howard said.
Maryland will play in the building where Willis Reed wrote a heroic chapter in NBA lore, but to the 22-year-old Howard, there are three more compelling reasons to be thrilled to be in New York.
"Have fun, miss school and be around each other one last trip," Howard said.
- Kevin Dunleavy