Rivalries are the lifeblood of college basketball, whether they’re between bitter conference foes (North Carolina-Duke) or long-running local combatants (Louisville-Kentucky). Of course, not every pair of opponents can garner the hype of those famous duos, but that doesn’t mean that less-heralded rivalries don’t have a lot to offer.
The Big East has nurtured plenty of intense annual battles, but one of the best in the current century has been Syracuse-Pitt. As the Panthers have joined the Orange among the nation’s winningest regular-season teams, their on-court battles have routinely had conference championships as well as pride at stake.
Herein, a closer look at Syracuse-Pitt and the rest of an elite eight of rivalries that deserve more credit on the national scene.