UPDATE: Looks like Gavitt Games are dead and will be skipped this year!
Source: The Gavitt Games is unlikely to take place during the 20-21 college basketball season. The Big Ten and Big East both aim to resume this series in 21-22.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 7, 2020
Well after some positive news yesterday and some commentary about family with the Georgetown Hoyas, it seems two scheduling traditions may be in jeopardy with this COVID-19 year.
With some promising hope, it looks like the annual Georgetown-Syracuse game may find a Saturday in January for the schedule.
Source: Georgetown's game at Syracuse during the upcoming season is likely to be played in January. Game is expected to be played on a Saturday. Both teams have December league games.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 5, 2020
Jim Boeheim, head coach of the Syracuse Orange, had indicated in September that “Right now we have zero games,” so this is a great improvement, for the rivalry’s sake.
BREAKING: Georgetown Basketball has tested positive for SUCKING. pic.twitter.com/ObI18TCnk8— Syracuse Memes™ (@Cusememes) October 2, 2020
As for some bad scheduling news, according to Adam Zagoria the Gavitt Games between the BIG EAST and the Big Ten are “likely dead.”
Gavitt Games between Big East/Big Ten ‘likely dead’ for 2020https://t.co/uE8WXI2bSN— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 5, 2020
Zagoria says “There is still a ‘chance’ to hold some of the games under the Gavitt Games umbrella and discussions are ongoing, the source said, but the full suite of games won’t happen.”
The other week, Andy Katz suggested that regional rivalries between the two conferences be used as the basis of match-ups. Katz had even surmised that Maryland and Georgetown might face-off.
The @BIGEASTMBB is committed to keeping the challenge with @Big12Conference. But don’t be surprised if Gavitt Games becomes just regional games that can be folded in like Wisconsin-Marquette, Seton Hall-Rutgers, CU-Neb, DePaul-Northwestern. Event was prior to Nov. 25 start date.— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) October 2, 2020
Maybe all it takes is Thompson’s death and a pandemic to get the two major DMV programs to schedule themselves more frequently?
There are reports that officials are working on a large DC-area bubble, but there has been no rumor—besides impossibly simple logic—to suggest Georgetown is involved or invited.
Sources: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. has emerged as a candidate to host a preseason bubble during the upcoming college basketball season.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 1, 2020
A location to watch during the "Golden Window".
Georgetown, of course, dropped out of the Wooden Legacy preseason tournament when the multi-team event was moved to Florida.
Georgetown won’t be playing in the Wooden Legacy this year, Patrick Ewing confirmed to me today. Cited safety concerns and the likelihood of a mandatory 14-day quarantine after returning from Florida to D.C. Still expects to play Syracuse and the B12-Big East Challenge.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) September 25, 2020
Meanwhile it appears that at least two of Georgetown’s BIG EAST rivals are hosting multi-team events to start the season.
Can confirm this:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 5, 2020
11/25-27: Xavier hosting Toledo, Bradley and Oakland. https://t.co/v3crjoGLks
St. John’s will reportedly host an MTE to start the season in Queens #SJUBB— Storm The Paint (@StormThePaint) October 3, 2020
Our @Michael_ASzabo explains: https://t.co/hNQoAN9u2r
Here’s the best guess at Georgetown’s 2020-21 schedule:
2020 Wooden Legacy featuring Georgetown, UCLA, UVA, and Kansas in Orlando, around Thanksgiving (November 26 - 28, 2020).
- WVU (home) in early December, as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 challenge (still expected)
- Syracuse (away) in January?
A Big Ten game as part of the Gavitt Games (presumably away) in mid-December.
- UMBC (presumably home) in November/December?
- A few (maximum of 8?) other non-conference games
- 20 BIG EAST games