Georgetown and Syracuse–Reunited and it feels so good

Tuesday’s news brought it with many interesting comments across the college basketball media landscape.  Most of it was generally positive.

Although Syracuse departed for the ACC in 2013, their often gritty and sometimes nasty rivalry with former Big East foe in the Georgetown Hoyas did not stray too far from many hoops’ fans hearts and minds.

However, just like opening up your favorite Christmas present a day early–we will get to do this on the hardwood both at the Verizon Center in autumn 2015 and 2017, and back inside the cavernous Carrier Dome in 2016 and 2018.

Think of all the possibilities the two major college basketball carriers could be doing with this:

CBS could have that game early in the afternoon, followed up by a key SEC tilt at 3:30 p.m. Eastern or maybe ESPN could have that game as the virtual sandwich late on a Saturday afternoon in November or early December once the final games are determining the foursome lucky enough to play in the CFP tournament for college football the following January.

It is too bad we cannot invest some of our life savings on a time machine so we can see these two teams play.  In the meantime, you will have to settle for searching for games on YouTube or flipping through the 500 plus channel universe and point towards ESPN Classic once in a while when the rivarly was at its’ true peak during most of the 1980’s into the 1990’s.

Should be fun to see again (that is, unless the NCAA Division One Selection Committee decides to put them in the same bracket, dare I say for a meeting in the Third Round that first weekend)?  Stick around, it should be interesting when that first date gets closer.



Big Ten Conference Tournament not straying from its’ roots

East Coast fans hoping that the Big Ten Conference’s postseason tournament for longer than two seasons were dealt a crushing blow of sorts on Thursday.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany announced that the 2019 and 2021 tournaments will take place starting a few days before Selection Sunday at the United Center in Chicago, while the 2020 and 2022 tournaments will rotate back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to multiple broadcast and online reports, the 2018 tournament more than likely will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.  Nothing has been confirmed, largely because the Big East still holds their tournament there and would largely conflict on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of that particular week in March.  Another possible venue is the Barclays Center across the way in Brooklyn–but that venue is booked with the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament and later this decade, the ACC will play games over six consecutive days.

Just like everything else, Rutgers fans will have to keep waiting.

Two prominent conferences to switch tournament dates come March 2015

Long the hallmark of Selection Sunday’s final handful of games before the release of the tournament draw, the Atlantic Coast Conference will be reverting back to having their title game played on Saturday night on ESPN instead of Sunday afternoon.  Figure on the fact with Louisville coming in and 2013 entrants in Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse–this is the true treasure trove of college hoop nirvana, bar none (minus the extra elbows and periodic fighting that marred the early days of the Big East during most of the 1980’s).

That announcement occurred a few weeks before the recently minted AAC (American Athletic Conference) decided on May 28 during their annual summer meetings in Florida that with the additions of East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa–that 11 team league will play their conference championship game on Selection Sunday:

2015 at Hartford, 2016 and 2017 at Amway Center in Orlando.

In other words, more people will get to voice more opinions about SMU and whether they would be really tournament worthy after not receiving a bid this past March to the Big Dance.

More news about which key games will be played on which days/nights, times, and broadcast information will be released later in the summer. 

So, please stay tuned periodically as I will continue to check the Web for more interesting college hoops stories outside of the ACC and maybe the SEC experimenting with a 30 second shot clock to be used in exhibition games only.  Also, a cool story where Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy mentioned on a blog site affiliated with Mississippi athletics about possibly giving star players unlimited fouls.  Instead of having the current five fouls and you’re out scenario, the sixth personal foul accumulated by a player would mean having in his mind–two free throws plus possession of the ball similar to a Flagrant 1 technical foul situation.

Some stuff to chew on as you continue to watch the wind blow and the ice to your favorite glass of tea or lemonade slowly melt away underneath the hot rays of the sun.