Michigan basketball’s 75-66 win over Purdue on Sunday marked the Wolverines’ second straight Big Ten Tournament title. They also became the first —and perhaps only — team to win the conference championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Doing so warranted a few extra perks. In addition to hoisting the Big Ten Tournament trophy in the “Mecca of Basketball,” the Wolverines received the ultimate shout out from one of New York City’s iconic skyscrapers.
The Empire State Building lit up in Michigan colors — maize and blue — after the Wolverines’ historic victory.
Congratulations to @umichbball for taking the @B1GMBBall 2018 Championship!! We’ll be shining in their colors for the rest of the night to celebrate! #B1GChampions #B1GTourney pic.twitter.com/5caYZodCBI
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) March 4, 2018
The Empire State Building always planned to honor the Big Ten champion. Per the Big Ten, the building began Sunday lit up in Big Ten colors to honor the conference tournament championship, then switched to Michigan and Purdue colors before tipoff. The building would then highlight the colors of the Big Ten champion afterwards.
The Wolverines earned that honor by way of their ninth straight win. It served as a proper conclusion to the program’s memorable week in the Big Apple.