Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry renewal game confirmed for Dec. 5

The Orange and Hoyas will once again play each other, as it should always be. (USATSI)

The past two years, college basketball’s regular seasons had a weird glitch to them, something unfortunate and a mistake that should never be repeated.

Syracuse and Georgetown did not play each other.

With Syracuse’s move to the ACC in 2013, scheduling couldn’t be shored up so that the two longtime and bitter rivals could manage a game. But the good news is we’re all set for the renewal of the clash this season. The schools have confirmed Dec. 5 to be the first of a four-year series. The Hoyas get hosting duties this upcoming season.

Then Syracuse will host come 2016 and 2017, with Georgetown getting the fourth game back in its building, the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. By then, if all parties have their priorities in line, the non-conference series will have been renewed for another decade-plus. If not for the remainder of the century.

These former Big East combatants have combined to create one of the five or six best conflicts in college hoops. The season feels right when they play, even if it can only be once/year now. The series lead belongs to Syracuse (49-41). Fittingly, the last time the schools played each other as Big East schools, it came in the conference tournament in 2013.

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