Syracuse fans downstate will definitely love this news.
Syracuse has signed on for a home and home series with St. Johns over the next two seasons, playing a game in Madison Square Garden and the Carrier Dome over the next two years. While Doug Gottlieb will argue that this is really a series of two home games for the Orange, Syracuse will play on the road in New York on December 15, 2013, and the Red Storm will head in to the ‘Cuse the following season.
Here’s what Daryl Gross had to say:
“There are traditional series that are very important to us that go beyond conference affiliations,” said Dr. Daryl Gross, Director of Athletics at Syracuse. “One of those is St John’s, which has an obvious place in Syracuse basketball history. As we continue to aggressively secure rivalries that are dear to us, we are pleased to announce the continuation of this great series between two outstanding universities.”
Syracuse currently has a 49-37 advantage in the all-time series over the Johnnies. With St. John’s being the seventh most familiar opponent in Syracuse basketball history, combined with the fact that Syracuse loves playing down state this is a great deal that I think Syracuse fans will be excited to have. While the Red Storm are not a college basketball power anymore, this will be a good date on the schedule to compliment the daunting ACC schedule the Orange will face next season.
Not to mention Jim Boeheim likes the agreement:
“The rivalry with St. John’s has been one of the strongest for our program,” said Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim. “We had some great games when I was in school and the series continued to grow with Coach Carnesecca at St. John’s right up to today with Coach Lavin.”
“Playing in Madison Square Garden is always a special event for Syracuse and for our fans in New York City,” continued Boeheim. “It will be great that our fans in Central New York will have the chance to see St. John’s in the Dome the following year.”
For now, I think Syracuse should worry about winning the game against the Johnnies this season, with the implications it will have on the conference this season.