Syracuse Basketball: It’s payback time for the Orange versus Georgetown

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Long-time Big East Conference nemesis Georgetown was totally abysmal a season ago, although Syracuse basketball didn’t prove all that much better.

During the 2021-22 campaign, the Hoyas went 6-25 overall and 0-19 in Big East play. Georgetown dropped 21 games in a row to close out last season.

However, the Hoyas got the better of the Orange in December of 2021. The ‘Cuse built up a 10-point advantage versus Georgetown in Washington, D.C., but Syracuse basketball ended up falling by four points, 79-75, on the road.

That was a bad, bad setback for the Orange, in a 2021-22 stanza when the ‘Cuse wrapped things up at 16-17, the team’s first losing season under head coach Jim Boeheim in his 46 years leading Syracuse basketball.

This December, Syracuse basketball will host Georgetown on the Hill.

As we’ve noted on a couple of occasions lately, the Orange’s non-conference slate in the 2022-23 term is coming together. One of the latest pieces to this puzzle is that Syracuse basketball will welcome the Hoyas to Central New York on Saturday, Dec. 10, from the JMA Wireless Dome (it’s still weird saying that), according to a press release from SU Athletics.

All-time, the ‘Cuse is 52-45 versus long-time rival Georgetown, although the Hoyas have won two of the past three meetings between the two programs.

Additionally, since Syracuse basketball moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013-14 campaign, Georgetown holds a slight edge in their non-conference series, 4-3.

Patrick Ewing, a Big East legend who is also one of the best players in the history of college basketball, remains at the helm of the Hoyas, despite a 68-84 overall mark as Georgetown’s head coach.

With the Hoyas added to the 2022-23 non-conference docket, Syracuse basketball is inching closer to its assumed 11 non-conference contests this coming season.

To my knowledge, at this juncture, the Orange has home affairs scheduled with Georgetown, Lehigh, Bryant (per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports), Colgate and Oakland.

The ‘Cuse should participate in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Syracuse basketball will compete in the 2022 Empire Classic, along with Richmond, St. John’s and Temple.

I would imagine that Central New York neighbor Cornell might also travel to the Hill. We’ll keep an eye out for that and other non-conference additions for the Orange.

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