Syracuse Wins to get 73rd and Final Big East Showdown with Georgetown

Syracuse has already secured the best of 73 Big East series 37-35, but they will play Georgetown one more time in Big East play Friday. Twenty-eight years after Patrick Ewing dunked over Rony Seikaly (pictured) to help No. 1 Georgetown beat No. 13 Syracuse in a 1985 Big East Semifinal game, James Southerland continued his air show by hitting all six three-pointers against Pitt to set up one final conference meeting between the two in the 2013 Big East Semifinals. A list of all 72 past results is below.

If Southerland had missed even one of his six bombs, then No. 19 Syracuse would likely have moved onto the NCAA tournament and then ACC next year. Instead, they survived a strong second half surge by No. 17 Pitt to hang on for a 62-59 win. Georgetown and Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter dominated Cincinnati earlier in the day to advance.

Teams are just having trouble getting even a hand in the face of Southerland, as the thin, 6-foot-8 player is comfortable going up to 25-feet from the basket to launch away. Jim Boeheim must hope that Southerland stays hot after Georgetown decisively swept the regular season series. The Hoyas came into the Carrier Dome and ended Syracuse's national best 38-game home winning streak, then destroyed Syracuse 61-39 at Georgetown.

It is appropriate that the final showdown is on a neutral court in the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden. Both teams have dominated the other at home, as is often the case in basketball. Syracuse has won only six times at Georgetown, and the win at the Carrier Dome this season was only the 11th time Georgetown has won at Syracuse. Ironically the Big East series started with an unlikely road win, as Georgetown traveled to the last game at Manley Field House and shocked Syracuse by ending their 57-game home winning streak to kick off one of the many great college rivalries being killed off by conference realignment.

With Georgetown ranked No. 5 and being led by Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter, Friday's game will mark the 41st time that both teams have been ranked. The following is the result of every Big East game between the two.

 
Date Winner Gtown Syr
2/13/1980 Gtown (Road win) 52 50
3/1/1980 Gtown 87 81
1/17/1981 Gtown 62 57
2/9/1981 Syracuse 64 66
3/6/1981 Syracuse (road win) 53 57
1/17/1982 Syracuse 70 75
2/8/1982 Gtown 96 79
1/10/1983 Gtown (Road win) 97 92
3/7/1983 Gtown 80 75
3/10/1983 Syracuse (road win) 72 79
1/30/1984 Gtown (Road win) 80 67
3/3/1984 Gtown 88 71
3/10/1984 Gtown 82 71
1/28/1985 Syracuse 63 65
3/3/1985 Gtown 90 63
3/9/1985 Gtown 74 65
1/15/1986 Gtown 73 70
2/23/1986 Syracuse 63 64
3/6/1986 Syracuse (road win) 73 75
1/31/1987 Gtown 83 81
2/22/1987 Gtown (Road win) 72 71
3/8/1987 Gtown 69 59
1/24/1988 Gtown (Road win) 69 68
2/13/1988 Gtown 71 69
2/13/1989 Gtown 61 54
3/5/1989 Syracuse 76 82
3/12/1989 Gtown 88 79
1/27/1990 Syracuse 76 95
3/4/1990 Syracuse 87 89
1/21/1991 Syracuse 56 58
3/3/1991 Syracuse 58 62
1/15/1992 Syracuse 62 74
2/23/1992 Gtown (Road win) 72 68
3/15/1992 Syracuse (road win) 54 56
1/5/1993 Gtown 64 60
2/8/1993 Syracuse 61 76
2/7/1994 Gtown 60 56
3/6/1994 Syracuse 75 81
1/30/1995 Syracuse 75 76
2/26/1995 Gtown (Road win) 81 78
1/24/1996 Gtown 83 64
2/10/1996 Syracuse 64 85
2/8/1997 Syracuse 74 77
1/26/1998 Syracuse 66 84
3/1/1998 Syracuse 72 77
1/16/1999 Syracuse 79 81
2/27/2000 Syracuse 52 67
3/9/2000 Gtown 76 72
1/29/2001 Syracuse 63 70
2/24/2001 Gtown 72 61
1/28/2002 Gtown 75 60
2/24/2002 Gtown (Road win) 75 69
2/3/2003 Syracuse 80 93
3/1/2003 Syracuse 84 93
3/13/2003 Syracuse (road win) 69 74
2/21/2004 Syracuse 54 57
1/18/2005 Syracuse 73 78
2/25/2006 Gtown 68 53
3/10/2006 Syracuse (road win) 57 58
2/26/2007 Syracuse 58 72
1/21/2008 Gtown 64 62
2/16/2008 Syracuse 70 77
1/14/2009 Gtown 88 74
2/14/2009 Syracuse 94 98
1/25/2010 Syracuse 56 73
2/18/2010 Syracuse 71 75
3/11/2010 Gtown 91 84
2/9/2011 Gtown (Road win) 64 56
2/26/2011 Syracuse 51 58
2/8/2012 Syracuse 61 64
2/23/2013 Gtown (Road win) 57 46
3/9/2013 Gtown 61 39
3/15/2013 ??????? ?? ??

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