The University of Maryland and Georgetown University will renew their local men's basketball rivalry in 2015 when the schools face off in the first ever Gavitt Tipoff Games, according to multiple sources. The series features match-ups between Big East and Big Ten Schools to tip off the season over the next eight years with eight games played annually over the course of four days.
The location of the game between the two schools has not yet been announced. But with the teams agreeing to play in the regular season, it ends a dispute between the schools over who was set to host the next game in the series. That feud has prevented the schools from scheduling a regular season men's basketball game between Washington, D.C.'s most prominent basketball programs.
UPDATE: InsideMDSports is reporting the game will be played in College Park.
Additional update: Maryland will travel to Verizon Center to play Georgetown in 2016, according to CSNBaltimore.
The Terps and Hoyas last scheduled a regular season game between each other in 1993, when Maryland, led by Hall of Fame coach Gary Williams, upset the Hoyas at the US Air Arena in Landover, MD. Many refer to that game as a defining moment for Williams and the Maryland program, which was still recovering from devastating sanctions a few years earlier. The two schools have only faced each other a handful of times in various in-season and post season tournaments since that game in 1993. The most prominent of those match-ups being Maryland's Sweet Sixteen victory over Georgetown in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Maryland leads the all-time series between the two schools, 36-26.
The renewed series with Georgetown gives Maryland basketball fans another thing to be excited about for next season. With the Terps expected to be a preseason top five team, having the opportunity to start the year by renewing the rivalry with Georgetown would be the cherry on top of what should be one of the most anticipated seasons in over a decade.