The Georgetown Hoyas and the Syracuse Orange might be the most historically significant Big East Conference rivalries in the history of the league. Georgetown has a family connection as John Thompson and John Thompson III have, and is, the pillars of the Hoyas’ foundation. On the Syracuse side of the battle, there is one of the more complex people in college basketball, Jim Boeheim.
Boeheim has history with both Thompsons, tall and short, the taller of which Boeheim claimed he almost came to blows with 20 years ago (Now they are the closest of friends). However, that hasn’t stopped Syracuse to continue their trend of snubbing their noses at Big East foes. Recently Boeheim downplayed Providence Friars guard Vincent Council‘s record of becoming the Big East’s all-time assist leader. Even more recently, Orange player Michael Carter-Williams let the world know that Syracuse has always been better than Georgetown.
So even with the rivalries long history of words, fights and general dislike, Williams’ comments added some more recent fuel to the fire. While I am sure he means it, confidence in a player is good, I am sure he was trying to talk-up the game a little bit. The players are just young kids, getting caught up in the moment is okay and something that doesn’t need to go overly dissected.
For Big East lovers like me–the game at 4 p.m. (EST)–this is the end of one of the best things about that league’s existence, rivalries. Whether you are a Georgetown or Syracuse fan, or just hate either of the programs, a lot of history ends today.
The biggest question going in the game for the Hoyas, in your final game against your blood-rival, do you have enough to silence the Orange? And while no one can have an definitive answer, it will be fun to find out.
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