Georgetown basketball to start two-year series with UConn
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III announced today that the Hoyas will play former Big East conference rival and reigning national champion, Connecticut, in a two-year, home-and-home series that will start in the 2015-16 season.
As part of the agreement, the Hoyas will travel to Hartford, CT to face the Huskies on Jan. 23, 2016. The Huskies will then return the favor and play the Hoyas at Verizon Center on Jan. 21, 2017.
The renewed rivalry features two former Big East powerhouses, since both the Huskies and the Hoyas have more Big East Conference Tournament Championships, with seven wins each, than any other school in the league’s storied history. As a program, Connecticut, also more affectionately known by some as UConn, has won four national championships, including their most recent win this last season.
This announcement by Thompson is yet another exciting non-conference addition to Georgetown’s non-conference schedule in the years to come, which will include the renewed, annual rivalry with Syracuse starting next season, the school’s series with Kansas, and the team’s announced participation in the prestigious 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden next year.
Under Thompson, the Hoyas have been renowned for scheduling noteworthy and challenging, non-conference matchups. Their non-conference strength of schedule consistently ranks as one of the more difficult in the country each year.
Overall, the Hoyas and the Huskies have played each other 64 times, with Georgetown holding a 35-29 lead in the rivalry. The last time the two teams faced off was a double-overtime thriller at Gampel Pavilion in February, 2013, where the Hoyas came out with a 79-78 victory thanks to the late-game heroics of former Hoya great Otto Porter.
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