When it comes to the longstanding rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown, there's no place like dome.
When the Hoyas made their final regular-season trip to the Carrier Dome on Saturday, the largest on-campus college basketball crowd in NCAA history packed the arena. These teams have made a habit of setting records over their long years as Big East rivals, notching 14 previous record crowds before this roaring, orange sendoff, according to the New York Daily News.
With the Orange, a charter member of the Big East, decamping for the ACC next season, this was the last Syracuse-Georgetown game at the dome to be contested between them as conference rivals. In this last home installment of the feud, No. 8 Syracuse wasn't able to send the majority of those 35,012 fans home happy as No. 11 Georgetown pulled off a 57-46 upset victory. Syracuse will visit D.C. to face Georgetown to close out the regular season but the teams' Beltway battles have never held the same chaotic cache as the games in the Carrier Dome. Even if these teams meet up down the road in preseason or postseason play or in an out-of-conference game during the regular season, it's hard to imagine the old intensity lasting as familiarity wanes.
"It's not the same when you're not in the same league," Boeheim said the day before the game, per the Associated Press. "It will never be the same."
The concluding of such running basketball rivalries has become all too common as conference realignment separates teams that had been bonded by animosities that seemed sure to last forever. Elsewhere, the Maryland-Duke rivalry in the ACC has been cut off by the Terps' move to the Big Ten.
"If it was such a rivalry they’d still be in the ACC," Duke coach Mike Kryzewski said after Maryland handed Duke a farewell upset earlier this season.
Whether or not Coach K really thinks that all good rivalries will endure or if this swipe was just the last salvo in the Maryland-Duke series, recent conference realignment has shaken up the college basketball landscape. Here are some of the marquee conference matchups that have been lost (or will be concluded soon) since the beginning of the 2012 season.