The men’s basketball teams of Maryland and Georgetown haven’t played against each other since 2008. And if you want to talk about on-campus games, there hasn’t been one of those since 1993. So it’s a pretty big deal that, according to multiple reports, a new Big Ten-Big East matchup series, the Gavitt Tipoff Games, will pit the Terps against the Hoyas once in each of the next two seasons.
This “cold war” period for the two teams is the result of a scheduling spat between their athletic departments. Two years ago, Maryland made the effort end it by setting up a home-and-home series with the geographic rival. After Georgetown balked, Maryland refused to play Georgetown in any sport at all.
So these games should be nice and tense. Plus, Maryland is awesome right now.