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SCHEDULE NEWS: Gavitt Games ‘Likely Dead’, Syracuse ‘Likely in January’ (UPDATED)

With two BIG EAST teams hosting their own bubble MTEs, is D.C. next?

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Georgetown Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Looks like Gavitt Games are dead and will be skipped this year!

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.

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.

As for some bad scheduling news, according to Adam Zagoria the Gavitt Games between the BIG EAST and the Big Ten are “likely dead.”

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.

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.

Georgetown, of course, dropped out of the Wooden Legacy preseason tournament when the multi-team event was moved to Florida.

Meanwhile it appears that at least two of Georgetown’s BIG EAST rivals are hosting multi-team events to start the season.

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