It’s just another reminder that the Big East we’ve known and loved for so many years will come to an end this season. And while realignment has ended so many rivalries in recent years, none have been as influential to the sport as Georgetown and Syracuse.
Over the past 33 years, Georgetown and Syracuse have been one of the most contentious rivalries in college basketball, but as Syracuse prepares to leave the Big East conference for the ACC and Georgetown moves to the Catholic 7 next year, former players, coaches, journalists and alumni recall the history of the rivalry.
Chinonso Obokoh, a 6-9 center at Rochester's Bishop Kearney High School, and Tyler Roberson, a 6-7 forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, have been named to the regional game's rosters. The regional game features some of the top players from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas.
"I have dreamed about playing lacrosse here since I was a kid," said Rice who grew up in Skaneateles. "So to make that type of impact (in the game against Virginia) is really just amazing. "It's still hard to describe."
Post-Standard Syracuse men’s basketball beat writer Mike Waters calls in to talk about Mike Hopkins interviewing at USC and tells us his predictions on the rest of the season with hosts Mike Chandler and Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv.
"I think there’s so much more in Roc and we’re not getting it," SU coach Jim Boeheim said. "He plays three minutes, he gets two or three blocks and three rebounds and we’re a different team. We go from eight-down to eight-up. And you don’t realize it, but a lot of that was him. … It just turned the game. And then, that’s it."
This post was inspired by a conversation I was having last night with two fellow social media professionals that I respect very much. Syracuse University found itself under fire when a student on the university’s official Twitter shared a link to a blog post about an uncredited rumor that men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim was retiring. The tweet was later deleted, but it didn’t matter; the damage had been done. The gaffe was picked up by USA Today, Deadspin, and several other publications, calling it a "social media fail."
Because he has to understand that it is far more interesting to make decisions than suggestions, Mike Hopkins may well listen to those Sirens if they do sing to him from that University of Southern California basketball shore.
"The one and done thing, the NBA thing is just toxic. That's what's going on at Syracuse. You got Michael Carter-Williams, who midway through the season going 'oh, he's a lottery pick. Nobody stops to think, well he can't really shoot. He doesn't play man-to-man defense. Who knows if he can guard pick and roll. It feels like he is listening to people other than Jim Boeheim. But that is happening throughout the country."
Derek Maltz, JoJo Marasco and Coach John Desko talk about the importance of the teams Depth.