A Rivalry Coming To An End – And Much Too Soon – Syracuse vs. Georgetown

Hey Govloopers – Happy Saturday!!!

Doc Nix – and the esteemed Green Machine from George Mason will warm you up with their version of a Rage classic:

Three weeks from tomorrow it will be Selection Sunday (you make sure you stay tuned here because we’re going to have a bracket challenge on Govloop) – the college basketball season has gone by too fast!!

Today mark’s what will be Georgetown University’s last men’s basketball road trip to Syracuse University – conference realignment has unfortunately ended another historic rivalry. Next year, Syracuse will join the Atlantic Coast Conference – and Georgetown will be aligned with the Catholic 7 as it’s called (e.g. the Jesuit schools in the Big East that did not have football programs). Game time is at 4 PM EST on CBS.

There will be more than 35,000 fans in the Carrier Dome today.

Think about this – this is a football-sized crowd for a basketball game – a regular season on-campus game.

Many of the students have camped out for tickets since Wednesday – and on Friday, Coach Jim Boeheim bought them coffee and doughnuts in appreciation of said wait.

Briefly, let’s talk about some @HokieGuru keys to the game:

1.) For Georgetown, limit the number of possessions – grind out the game – stay in your offense – don’t get into a running game with Syracuse – keep doing what you’ve been doing.

2.) For Syracuse, work that advantage you have in the post vs. Georgetown – the Hoyas don’t have Greg Whittington – as he’s out of the lineup due to academic issues. But if you have the chance to run on Georgetown – you get that done – because you can run the Hoyas into the ground.

For even better analysis of today’s match up, check out @CasualHoya’s conversation with @NunesMagician – and check out the return Q&A here.

The @HokieGuru expects a major defensive battle – it’s not going to be a high scoring game – and we’ll call it Syracuse 68 Georgetown 63 – with the Hoyas leading at half time.

It’s too soon for this rivalry to go away – and these are the unfortunate consequences of conference realignment. Hopefully, the head honchos at ESPN have their acts together and have Georgetown and Syracuse meet in: 1.) The Battle of Atlantis, 2.) The Maui Invitational, or 3.) The Jimmy V Classic. These teams have to meet every year.

me and JT3

Have a great week!!

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