For those who, like us, have been wondering about the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball schedule lately, Tuesday brought some news. In a development that’s far from a surprise, Syracuse and the Georgetown Hoyas will renew their series for another two seasons.
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
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported the news straight from Jim Boeheim himself. The former Big East rivals will square off in Washington, D.C. in 2019-20, then head to the Carrier Dome in 2020-21.
When we last saw the Hoyas, they were upset by 6-seeded Harvard in the first round of the NIT. Georgetown’s most charitable activity is giving out early postseason wins to teams seeded below them, and as this event proved, they don’t really care which tournament that occurs in.
Georgetown also lost to Syracuse last year, as is the only right and just result in the series. Playing in front of an anxious Carrier Dome crowd, the Orange came back from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat the Hoyas on a last-second three from Tyus Battle, 72-71. It was the second straight victory in the series for SU, who lead 51-43 all-time. The teams are 2-2 against one another since Syracuse exited the Big East and tied 6-6 this decade, with the squads also splitting both Big East Tournament meetings. Of course, Syracuse got the last laugh there: a 58-55 overtime thriller that provided a fitting backdrop for the documentary/Hoya propaganda film “Requiem for the Big East.”
So that makes the fifth game locked in for the 2019-20 non-conference schedule already. As discussed, the jump to a 20-game ACC slate makes things tougher. But for now, the Orange face Georgetown, Bucknell, two of Ole Miss/Penn State/Oklahoma State in the Preseason NIT and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. That leaves six opponents to go — one of which will almost certainly be Cornell, and another will be assigned by the Preseason NIT similar to Bucknell.
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