Hoyas fans didn’t get to hear a lot of good news during a very up-and-down basketball season this past year. However, there was reason to smile Tuesday morning, as it was announced that Georgetown and Syracuse had reached a deal to restart their famed rivalry. The rivals, driven apart by NCAA realignment, will meet again in the 2015-2016 season.
As of right now, the agreement between Georgetown and Syracuse (maybe the only thing the two schools have ever agreed on) is for four years, beginning in the 2015-2016 season, and will alternate locations each year. The first matchup will be played at the Verizon Center, though the official date has yet to be announced.
Georgetown still has a very important year before the rivalry is rekindled, and it could be a very trying time. While Syracuse spent a large portion of their first ACC season sitting pretty as the number-one team in college basketball, the Hoyas — and really the Big East in general — floundered. Georgetown failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and the Big East teams that did manage to go dancing in March quickly succumbed to the Madness. The Hoyas are searching for an identity after Starks’ departure, and are hoping to build a successful team around rising junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and a highly-touted group of freshmen.
From John Thompson Jr. “closing” Manley Field House to Otto Porter shutting down the Carrier Dome — and every showdown in between — this rivalry has provided countless memories throughout the years. Regardless of what this year may hold, Hoyas fans can at least rejoice in knowing that “Juice ‘Cuse” chants will be returning to the Phonebooth in the not-so-distant future.
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