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Georgetown and Syracuse to renew their rivalry

Jun 10, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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We’ve gotten back one of the rivalries that conference realignment cost us.

Georgetown and Syracuse announced on Tuesday that they will be reigniting what was the most intense rivalry in the Big East prior to it’s breakup. The deal that was signed was for a four-year, home-and-home series beginning in 2015-2016. The first game will be played in Washington, D.C.

“Georgetown against Syracuse is one of the great rivalries in college basketball,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said in a release. “From Game One all the way through our last game, the passion, emotion and intensity of this rivalry is hard to match.  We look forward to renewing the series that has generated some of the great moments in our sport.”

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“In the early days of the Big East Conference, the Syracuse-Georgetown matchup quickly developed into one of college basketball’s best rivalries,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “The games in that series have been played at a remarkably high level over the years. We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing Georgetown again.”

Realignment was an emotional drain on college hoops, but there is something to be learned from Georgetown and Syracuse: don’t let the money-grab that football and television deals inspired ruin our sport. I’m looking at you, Missouri and Kansas. And you, Pitt and West Virginia.

If your rivalry is so strong and means so much to the fan bases that it actually has a nickname, put the petty grievances aside and play the damn game.

Now if we could only find a way to make Georgetown think it’s a good idea to play Maryland, too.

  1. kaspauf - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    This is a win for all college hoops fans!

  2. tomtravis76 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Georgetown needs to get over itself and play in the bb&t each year with terps, gw and mason. It’s good for local basketball. Jack degioia needs to think about putting aside his petty feud with Feinstein and think about the the good this mini tourney does for the dmv community.

    • kljohnson1248 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Great to play Orange again. As for Terps, they excommunicated the Hoyas in all sports, let them rot.

  3. louisvillecardinals - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    NO IT WAS NOTTTT!!! UHM LOUISVILLE vs SYRACUSE?!?!? Im pretty sure its been the most intense rivalry in the Big East especially the past decade or longer with all the Big East titles Louisville has won…it seems lime it always came down to Pitino vs Boeheim…. Georgetown n John Thompson III havnt been relevent for years…theyve been decent i guess…

    • chunkala - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Typical Louisville graduate math, 30 years > 10 years. Gotta hit those math problems.

      • brookwell2013 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Well said chunkala!! Orange and Hoyas at each other again! Sweet!!

  4. louisvillecardinals - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    funny because… louisville has won 3 ncaa championships in the past 30 years while georgetown has won only once and lost the other ncaa championship appearance they had…. hell villanova has won as many championships than georgetown has… georgetowns overrated…. dont get me wrong gtowns great…such a legendary program …but a bigger rivalry than syr vs lou ??? i think not…

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    The ex Big East challenge xmas tournament. Now that would be good for college basketball. The way the league was divided up. The AAC, the B1G, ACC, Big 12 and of course the Big east could all send teams. Dam the sec for raiding north west.

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