Syracuse and Georgetown was perhaps the defining rivalry of the old Big East. After the break-up of that conference as we knew it, the two teams didn’t play for two seasons, before reviving things in 2015.
The two sides played four games in as many years. Georgetown won the first two games, while Syracuse have taken the last two.
All four games have been close contests, even with Georgetown’s struggles over the last four seasons. The first three were decided by seven points each, while Syracuse won a dramatic one 72-71 at the Carrier Dome this past season.
There have been concerns about the future of the series though, especially with changes in the ACC schedule.
The league is adding a pair of regular season games, upping things to 20 per year. That means fewer non-conference slots for teams like Syracuse.
Luckily, for fans of the classic rivalry, we have two more games coming in the Syracuse vs. Georgetown series.
According to Jon Rothstein, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said that the schools have come to a new two-year agreement.
The Orange will head down to D.C. next season, with a return game at the Carrier Dome coming in 2020-21.
Syracuse and Georgetown are renewing their home-and-home series starting next season in Washington D.C., per Jim Boeheim. Return game at the Carrier Dome in 20-21.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 23, 2019
The two teams first met in 1930. The rivalry really took off in 1980, when John Thompson’s Hoyas snapped a 57-game winning streak for Syracuse in the final Orange game at their old arena, Manley Field House. After the game, the legendary Georgetown coach famously announced that “Manley Field House is officially closed.”
From there, the two sides shared dozens of memorable battles in the various iterations of the Big East, culminating in an epic 58-55 Big East Tournament game in 2013, in which Syracuse pulled the upset after getting routed by the Hoyas twice during the regular season. That Orange team wound up making a run to the Final Four.
Syracuse leads the all-time series 51-43.