Jun 11 2014, 2:52am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The Hoyas confirmed this on their official athletics website on June 10:
"Georgetown University and Syracuse University announced today in a joint release that the schools will renew their long-time rivalry in men's basketball beginning in the 2015-16 season with a four-year home-and-home series.
"'We're excited to announce the renewal of the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry,' Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. 'The reestablishment of the series is good for college basketball fans across the country. I know that our program and fans will be excited to have a game against Syracuse on our schedule. This is something that both schools have worked very hard to have happen and we're very happy to have this series continue.'
"Continuing this historically important rivalry has always been of the highest priority for us since our move to the ACC, and something I know our players, coaches, fans and the entire SU community are excited about,' said Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Darryl Gross. 'When Syracuse and Georgetown go head-to-head -- the history is unmatched -- and the entire nation pays attention.
"The teams have met 90 times in program history, with Syracuse leading the head-to-head series, 49-41. Georgetown has won four of the last seven meetings between the teams, winning twice in the 2012-13 regular season, a 61-39 win at Verizon Center, and a 57-46 decision at Carrier Dome.
"The game against Syracuse will be the first regular-season matchup between the teams since the Hoyas beat the Orange, 61-39, at Verizon Center, clinching the 2012-13 BIG EAST regular season title.
"Georgetown and Syracuse were two of the original members of The BIG EAST Conference that first competed in the 1979-80 campaign. The teams met for the first time in 1929-30 and all but 17 of the 90 games in the series came while the programs were affiliated with The BIG EAST. Syracuse became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013-14."
"'Georgetown against Syracuse is one of the great rivalries in college basketball,' Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said. '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.'
"In the early days of The BIG EAST Conference, the Syracuse-Georgetown matchup quickly developed into of college basketball's best rivalries,' said Syracuase 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.'"
Boehim also spoke about the issue with ESPN.
"There was talk about going to New York City and that would have been fine, but a home-and-home is good. It's a good series. It was always going to happen. We had St. John's and Villanova. I'm not sure we would have done three in one year, but we'll pick up one of those two (when the Georgetown series starts).
"(Georgetown) has always been a good game. I'm glad we're able to keep it going with thise series. We're not in the same league, so it won't have the same meaning, but it will be great."
Syracuse.com's Bud Poliquin weighed in on the resumption of the historic rivalry in his June 10 article:
"This is, however, this to ponder: While Syracuse seems certain to remain Syracuse for a good, long while, can the same be said of the Hoyas? Without the Big East Conference to sell and without John Thompson III not having the je ne sais quois of his father, how much long will Georgetown -- once a basketball destination, but perhaps morphing into being 'only' a terrific school -- be Georgetown?
"The point is, Syracuse-Georgetown could -- could -- end up having more of a sequel vibe to it than anything else. Think 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and you may be thinking about what this series might yet be."
Poch de la Rosa
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