will restore their famed rivalry during the 2015 season. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Georgetown and Syracuse will restore their basketball rivalry, playing in a four-year home-and-home series that will begin in 2015, the schools announced Tuesday.
Georgetown will host Syracuse at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., during the 2015-16 season and the Hoyas will make a trip to Syracuse the following season.
The schools ended their rivalry in 2013 when Syracuse became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Georgetown stayed in the basketball-only Big East. While the two were in the old Big East Conference, Georgetown won seven conference tournament titles, and Syracuse won five.
Syracuse leads the all-time series, 49-41, with the Hoyas winning four of the past seven contests. The teams last played in March 2013, a 58-55 overtime victory by Syracuse in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
"We're excited to announce the renewal of the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry," Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. "The reestablishment of this series is good for college basketball fans across the country. I know that our program and fans will be excited to have a game against Syracuse on our schedule This is something that both schools have worked very hard to have happen and we're very happy to have this series continue."
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"Continuing this historically important rivalry has always been of the highest priority for us since our move to the ACC, and something I know our players, coaches, fans and the entire SU community are excited about," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "When Syracuse and Georgetown go head-to-head - the history is unmatched - and the entire nation pays attention. Clearly our move to the ACC has been tremendous on all fronts, but sometimes you can have the best of both worlds - and this series fits that concept."