Scoop: Syracuse will try to keep a few existing basketball rivalries alive when it moves to the ACC, Jim Boeheim said Thursday night on TK99 radio. Brent Axe reported the news this afternoon for syracuse.com.
Significance: With Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and now Louisville moving to the ACC with the Orange, the list of rivalries “lost” due to conference expansion is dwindling. St. John’s, Georgetown and Villanova appear to be the Orange’s focus at this point.
Story: Boeheim is quoted as saying “We are talking to St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown. We want to play at least two of them a year. We want to get to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. We will try to get to New York as much as possible.”
There are a few interesting observations to be made here. One is UConn’s omission – it could be an oversight by Boeheim, or it could be that the two schools haven’t discussed future scheduling. Another is the timing of the news. With the three schools recently declaring that they’ll be leaving the Big East to form a new conference (placeholder ‘The Catholic 7’), tensions may have eased after SU’s departure to the ACC.
Of course, much of this is speculation. As we learn more, we’ll keep you updated.
For now, check out the highlights from the famous six-overtime game between Syracuse and UConn: