Two days ago it was announced that Villanova and Syracuse will see each other once a year for the next three years. Yesterday it was made public that the two biggest basketball programs in the state of New Jersey, Seton Hall and Rutgers, have come to a similar agreement.
However, the one year removed Big East conference mates didn’t put a cap on how many times they will meet. Leaving it open-ended or indefinitely seems like the most probable scenario, just how the fans of each respective program would want it.
The main reason why we should expect this matchup to take place every year is because new Rutgers head coach, Eddie Jordan, has it in his contract that he will receive a $5,000 bonus for each victory over the Pirates (that’s according to Jerry Carino over at Hoops Haven). Someone in the Scarlet Knights organization either knew something or just used simple logic and planned accordingly. And why put that sort of incentive into a contract if such an opportunity is only going to happen on occasion?
From a logistical and common sense standpoint, the scheduling of this game makes sense each and every year.
The first meeting will take place at Rutgers (who will be playing in the AAC this year before making the move to the Big Ten the following year) and will likely alternate back and forth thereafter. The date of the first non-conference meeting between the two programs in over 20 years is yet to be determined as Rutgers is still getting their front office in order after the Mike Rice and Tim Pernetti ousting.