Return to the Garden


During the 1944–1945 season, Valparaiso University’s men’s basketball team was nationally known as the “World’s Tallest Team.” For the first time in program history, the men played at Madison Square Garden. The iconic photograph of the men standing under the marquee at Madison Square Garden is displayed in the Athletics-Recreation Center to this day. The 2015–2016 men’s basketball team received unprecedented national attention, set program records, and advanced to the NIT final. After 70 years, the Crusaders were back in the Garden, where they reproduced the historical moment under the marquee.