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Old rivals SU, Georgetown will meet again in basketball

Times staff and wire reports

SYRACUSE — Hoya Paranoia will become part of the Syracuse men’s basketball landscape again.

Georgetown and Syracuse, the two schools whose rivalry made the Big East Conference what it was, announced Tuesday they’ve reached agreement on a four-year, home-and-home series starting in 2015.

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.

“In the early days of the Big East Conference, the Syracuse-Georgetown matchup quickly developed into one of college basketball’s best rivalries,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “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.”

The first game of the renewal will be the first regular-season matchup between the teams since the Hoyas beat the Orange, 61-39, at Verizon Center to clinch the 2012-13 Big East regular-season title.

“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,” Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross said. “When Syracuse and Georgetown go head-to-head, the intensity 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.”

The rivals went their separate ways when Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference last summer and Georgetown became part of the new-look Big East Conference. The teams have met 90 times, with Syracuse leading the series, 49-41.

The Orange won the most recent game between the teams, 58-55, in the 2013 Big East tournament.

“We’re excited to announce the renewal of the rivalry,” Georgetown Athletic Director 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.”

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.

Boeheim and former coach John Thompson were two of the iconic coaching giants from the old Big East. John Thompson III, the son of the former coach, is currently the Hoyas’ head coach.

“Georgetown against Syracuse is one of the great rivalries in college basketball,” Thompson III 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.”

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