The act of compiling a non-conference schedule is almost solely based on a coach’s preference. We can dream of being treated to monster matchups in late November and December, but the fact of the matter is they are normally few and far between outside some high profile tournaments. But the aggressive conference realignment we have been witnessing could be changing that to keep certain rivalries in existence. But unfortunately on the flip side it can just as easily deprive us of matchups we have become so used to seeing.
We learned yesterday that Villanova and Syracuse will continue their rivalry for at least the next three years. The big question this creates for the common fan of college basketball, and one that was addressed by Jeff Eisenberg over at The Dagger, is: does this mean we will not be treated to a Georgetown vs. Syracuse matchup this upcoming season?
Georgetown vs. Syracuse is one of the most historic rivalries in college basketball. The two were founding members of the Big East Conference in 1979 and it seems sacrilegious for the two not to meet.
The Orange are already committed to playing in the Maui Classic this November, which includes potential games against Arkansas, Baylor, California, Dayton, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Chaminade. They will also be participating in the mandatory ACC/Big Ten challenge, and playing former Big East foe St. John’s to go along with the already mentioned Villanova Wildcats.
That’s a pretty legit non-conference slate for any program, but even more so for Syracuse given the reputation they have been labeled with over the years. It’s no secret that Jim Boeheim likes to spend as much time as possible in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. Also, the Orange’s non-conference schedule is typically on the light side. Just last year a fairly big deal was made when Syracuse traveled down to Arkansas for the SEC – Big East challenge.
This doesn’t mean that a game between Georgetown and Syracuse won’t take place this upcoming season; it just seems more and more unlikely at this point. One would have thought that a meeting between these two would have been all but guaranteed in their first year separated given all the history involved. And one would have thought that because it SHOULD happen. So let’s hope that common sense rules the day and this game is set up.