Let's do this...
Syracuse and Georgetown will tangle on Wednesday. The Hoyas are ranked No. 11 and the Orange are ranked No. 12. Their combined records are 38-9. The winner will be showered with accolades, the loser will be remanded to the middle of the Big East.
This is why we fight.
How big is this game? Just ask Fran Frischilla, who'll be calling it for ESPN:
It’s certainly one of the best rivalries in college basketball because it comes out of an era when the Big East blossomed. I’m not sure the Big East would be as popular as it is today withoutclosing down Manley Field House and all of the great games the two schools have had with each other. When I think of this rivalry I think of Patrick Ewing, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Alonzo Mourning, Billy Owens, Gerry McNamara — the names go on and on. But it’s such a great rivalry because it basically helped form what may be the best college basketball league of all time. For much of the last 30 years, the rivalry has been magical.
We'll do some historical analysis over the next couple days to figure out just how much we hate Georgetown (theory: a lot) and just how badly we want to beat them (theory: a lot) and just how much a win over Georgetown is worth to our program (theory: all the Tostitos).
Final note: I know a bunch of you are about to head over to Casual Hoya and launch some nukes that will get their commenters going. All I ask is that you remember this is fun. So have fun. Talk smack, crack jokes, banter...just don't be an a**hole. You know the line, walk it, tiptoe it, dance on it, but please don't cross it. Unless you're Glaude, cause that's his thing.