It has been expected all along that the conference realignment wouldn’t completely stop certain former Big East matchups from happening. Now these matchups may not take place every year and we may have to wait a few years in between, but we should expect them to be scheduled at some point. St. John’s and Syracuse committed to a home and home series – one this upcoming year and one the following – back in February, and now Villanova and Syracuse have also agreed to take the court together.
Villanova and Syracuse have actually committed to see each other three times – one, one and one – over the next three seasons. The Wildcats will travel to Syracuse this upcoming season, then host the Orange at home the following year, and then play on a neutral court, Madison Square Garden, for the third meeting.
This is good news for Nova as it gives them a guaranteed marquee non-conference game the next three seasons and they get to travel to New York City for the third, which will be beneficial for recruiting.
Syracuse leads the all-time series 38-32.
Conference realignment has shaken up the landscape of college hoops, but it won’t be long before we forget about the past and become acclimated with the new look. But with that said, it’s important that rivalries such as Villanova vs. Syracuse don’t take long layoffs so that they lose their meaning going forward. Let’s hope that more games like this are scheduled on a regular basis.