The Syracuse Orange and Connecticut Huskies are responsible for much of the success Big East basketball has enjoyed during recent decades. Hall of Fame coaches, legendary players and national championships are at the foundation of this fascinating rivalry.
The teams tango for the 92nd time Wednesday evening at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Syracuse enters the matchup ranked sixth in the nation, while UConn aims to continue improvement under first-year head coach and former player Kevin Ollie.
The Orange appear primed for another deep run through the Big East and NCAA tournaments. Meanwhile, the Huskies are excluded from postseason competition as a result of substandard academics.
But tournament titles hardly matter Wednesday. This is the end of a golden era in college basketball.
Syracuse is set to depart the Big East and join the ACC after this season, closing the chapter on one of the country's premier conference rivalries. As the squads prepare to meet one final time as Big East foes, let's take a look at what makes this matchup so special.