Our good friend and former colleague Mike Bohlin over at 247sports.com tipped us off on something interesting over the weekend: the big local showdown between the Terps and the Hoyas may be inevitable, or so says Georgetown coach John Thompson III.
In a video interview with ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, JT3 alluded to the fact that the inaugural Gavitt Games might prove to be a battle ground between Maryland and Georgetown during the 2015-16 season and beyond.
You can check out the video here.
The Gavitt games, a named after the late Dave Gavitt, were created as a way for the Big Ten to play against the Big East, and given Maryland’s move to the new conference rose the inevitability that the two would likely meet at some point down the line. In that regard, what JT3 is acknowledging shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone; we all knew this would happen. But hearing news straight from the horse’s mouth is always better than an assumption, and JT3 would almost certainly be one with insider knowledge on scheduling.
Maryland hasn’t played Georgetown in basketball since 2008, and the relationship between athletic director Kevin Anderson and John Thompson III has been reportedly icy at best. This led most to assume the series would never happen, but if a tournament forces this should-be regional rivalry to happen then so be it. This is great for college basketball, as both Georgetown and Maryland would benefit from such a matchup, and at this point it’s just depriving fan bases from something they all want to see. The Hoyas and Maryland have so many competing interests it’s a shame this hasn’t happened sooner and more often.
Just imagine what the BB&T Classic could have been had Georgetown participated before Maryland decided to go elsewhere this year. Or, for that matter, Virginia. It’s a long time coming, and this just proves that it is very likely to come.