So it would be wrong to assume that the Syracuse vs. Georgetown rivalry is already done.
The Big East is fairly sure that Pitt, West Virginia and Syracuse will all be locked in until 2013, but as CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reports (h/t SB Nation), the Mountaineers are close to a $20 million buyout with the conference and it would only be smart for the Orange to jump ship as well.
With the details aside, there is a very good chance that unless the Hoyas and Orange meet up in the Big East Tournament, the rivalry may be over forever. Jim Boeheim has already said that Syracuse will try to schedule St. Johns and Georgetown, but it will not be the same.
The Orange and Hoyas have faced off every year since 1979 and have been two of the strongest and most consistent members of the conference. The rivalry only grew when John Thompson III was hired to replace his father in facing off against Jim Boeheim year after year.
The game itself was like so many before and that is why it was so perfect. The Hoyas played tough defense, gritty offense and slowed down the tempo. The Orange would challenge and defend with their zone while pushing the tempo as often as they could.
The game was physical and emotional as both teams were relentless. Great players were in this game, but it was the role players that made it special.
Georgetown freshman Otto Porter came off the bench and led the Hoyas with points and rebounds while playing a physical game that may have come to define Georgetown. Fab Melo came from the shadow of a suspension to be the defensive hero with his huge block in the final minutes.
The orange clad crowd was louder than ever and almost blew the top off the Carrier Dome when Kris Joseph's final dagger capped off the epic victory.
If this is the end of the rivalry, both sides can claim victories. Syracuse has more head to head wins while Georgetown has won more Big East championships. And while yes, the rivalry will more than likely continue, it will not be the same.
So Hoyas, while we in Orange Nation may despise you, we will miss you.
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