Georgetown vs. Syracuse, one of the nation’s best and most contested college basketball rivalries, was seemingly killed by the splintering of the Big East conference. But that series is to be renewed with a four-year home-and-home series beginning in the 2015-16 season.
According to a story from the Washington Post, the series will tip off at the Verizon Center in the 2015-16 season, with the games alternating from year to year between the home venues of the teams.
The deal for the series was put together by the schools’ athletic directors — Georgetown’s Lee Reed and Syracuse’s Daryl Gross — and announced by Georgetown officials Tuesday.
This is great news for college basketball fans, particularly those who were champions of the old Big East, and should still provide for some great games, although without the in-conference flavor, the games will still lack a bit of punch.
Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed said in a statement:
“The reestablishment of this 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.”
The series between the two schools goes back to 1930, with the games taking on a huge significance once the Big East was born with both schools being charter members of the conference.
Syracuse leads the all-time series between the two schools, 49-41.