Syracuse University and Georgetown 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.
One of the preeminent rivalries in all of college basketball, Georgetown will host the Orange at Verizon Center during the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons and the Hoyas will visit the Carrier Dome in 2016-17 and 2018-19. Specific dates have not been set.
"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. Daryl Gross. "When Syracuse and Georgetown go head-to-head – the history of the rivalry is unmatched – and the entire nation pays attention. Clearly our move to the ACC has been tremendous on all fronts, but sometimes you can have the best of both worlds – and this series fits that concept."
"We're excited to announce the renewal of the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry," Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. "I know that our team and our 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 teams have met 90 times in program history, with Syracuse leading the head-to-head series, 49-41. The Orange won the most recent encounter, a 58-55 victory in the 2o13 BIG EAST Conference Tournament.
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.
"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."
"Georgetown against Syracuse is one of the great rivalries in college basketball," Thompson said. "From the days when my father was coaching against Coach (Jim) Boeheim to our most recent games, this is one of those games that generates passion from both sides."