There are three Big East schools that DOC Gross and Jim Boeheim have name checked in regards to making sure the long-time rivalries continue. The Georgetown Hoyas, the Villanova Wildcats and the St. John's Red Storm.
The dreamer sees this a way to keep important rivalries alive. The realist sees them as the three biggest media markets we're leaving behind (D.C., Philly & NYC).
The Syracuse Orange will keep at least one of those rivalries going continuously as they announced a home-and-home series against St. John's over the next two seasons.
"There are traditional series that are very important to us that go beyond conference affiliations," Daryl Gross, the director of athletics at Syracuse, said in a release, "One of those is St John’s, which has an obvious place in Syracuse basketball history. As we continue to aggressively secure rivalries that are dear to us, we are pleased to announce the continuation of this great series between two outstanding universities."
Next season, Syracuse will play St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 14, 2013. The following year, St. John's will play Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. There's no date set yet for the game at the Dome in the 2014-15 season.
While playing St. John's is fine, the real benefit is the chance to secure at least one game at Madison Square Garden next year. When St. John's plays in the Dome, expect the Orange to find a different way to get to MSG that year.
The two schools have played 86 times (SU leads 49 to 37) and have played one another every year since 1976.