UPDATE 10:30 A.M. TUESDAY: A Big Ten spokesman says that the matchups for the Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games have yet to be finalized. They will be announced in late spring of 2015.
ESPN’s Andy Katz led off his latest “3-point Shot” installment Sunday with a bit of news that would interest fans of sadly dormant DMV college basketball rivalries.
In case you can’t see the video, Katz reports that Georgetown Coach John Thompson III told him that the Hoyas could play Virginia in the 2015-16 BB&T Classic and also possibly square off with Maryland in the Big East/Big Ten challenge series, properly known as the Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games, an early-season tribute to the Big East founder that will begin in 2015-16.
In February 2012, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson told The Post that he would not be scheduling Georgetown in any sport until the men’s basketball impasse was resolved. Hopes of a renewal of the basketball rivalry were renewed in May, however, when the Gavitt series was announced.
It should be noted that the Maryland and Georgetown men’s soccer teams will square off on Sept. 30 in College Park, a rematch of their 2012 College Cup semifinal classic that was won by the Hoyas in penalty kicks. Both are ranked in the top 10 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Maryland at No. 2 and Georgetown at No. 9.
Maryland athletics spokesman Zack Bolno referred all questions about the possible resumption of the men’s basketball series to the Big Ten, which will determine the Dave Gavitt matchups in conjunction with the Big East.
The Terps and Hoyas men’s basketball teams last met at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Orlando in 2008, a 75-48 Hoyas rout, and they haven’t played at either team’s home gym since the 1993-94 season, when Maryland scored an 84-83 overtime win at the Capital Centre in Landover, which was then Georgetown’s home court. From 1947 to 1980, Maryland and Georgetown played at least once annually, excluding 1975 and 1966. Maryland leads the all-time series, 36-27.
In 2012, Post columnist John Feinstein wrote that the feud goes back to the aftermath of that game at the Cap Centre:
The teams did meet at what was then USAir Arena in November 1993 and Maryland, back on the rise under [former Coach Gary Williams], won a wonderful game in overtime. There was supposed to be a return game but [former Georgetown Coach John Thompson Jr.] refused to schedule it, claiming Maryland wouldn’t give his school enough tickets and he had voluntarily given up control of the tickets to the ’93 game to promoter Russ Potts.
Each school received an equal payout — $125,000 — for the 1993-94 game, according to a Post story from the time.
“We played them at their place, the old USAir Arena, the last time we played in the regular season,” Williams said in a 2005 Post story. “So if they want to play, it would have to be” in College Park.
Georgetown and Virginia have only played seven times since the 1972-73 season and haven’t met since December 2002, a 79-75 Cavaliers win in Charlottesville. The Hoyas lead the all-time series, 12-11. The series is best known for the “Game of the Decade” in December 1982, pitting Patrick Ewing and No. 3 Georgetown against Ralph Sampson and No. 1 Virginia at Capital Centre. The Cavaliers won, 68-63.