Hoyas, Syracuse renew rivalry starting in 2015-16

Hoyas, Syracuse renew rivalry starting in 2015-16
June 10, 2014, 11:00 am
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Last year, John Thompson III said that Georgetown's longtime rivalry former Big East conference foe Syracuse would live on. On Tuesday came the proof.

Georgetown and Syracuse jointly announced a four-year home-and-home series starting in 2015-16. The first game of one of the nations premier matchups will be held at the Verizon Center. The series shifts to the Carrier Dome the following season.

After 90 meetings, the matchup stopped following the 2012-13 season when the Orange joined the ACC the following campaign. Now, after what will be a two-year stoppage, it's game on.

“Georgetown against Syracuse is one of the great rivalries in college basketball,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said in a statement. “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 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.”

Syracuse leads the head-to-head series, 49-41.  Georgetown won two of three meetings during the 2012-13 regular season.

“We’re excited to announce the renewal of the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry,” Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics 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.”