Maryland-Georgetown rivalry hopes renewed for 2024-25 season

The two teams will not square off against each other this upcoming season, but a potential Maryland-Georgetown matchup continues to swirl with next season now the target.

Maryland and Basketball are in “serious talks” to schedule a multi-year on-campus series, targeting the 2024-25 season with a four-year series under discussion, according to Matt Norlander.

Since Ed Cooley arrived at Georgetown this spring, talks of reigniting the local rivalry has sparked conversation from both coaches with obvious interest and appeal in making it a routine matchup. The two programs haven’t squared off since 2016, but the friendship between Kevin Willard and Ed Cooley dating back to their days together in the Big East has given consistent credence to a renewed series. It just won’t happen in Ed Cooley’s first season with the Hoyas.

“First and foremost, Kevin Willard and I have talked about it, and we’ll eventually come to an agreement on it. I don’t think it’ll be this year, but as we move forward, I’d like to start a home and home with the University of Maryland,” Cooley said. “I think it’d be good for the district. We want to try to play in the best MTEs [multiple-team events] for us. We want some home-and-home series that are attractive not just for television, but for recruiting and for national exposure. We’re just getting here, we don’t know who we are yet, so our job and our goal is to try to play in the best tournaments, play against the best teams. But I think if you can have a Georgetown-Maryland series for our region, for our people, I think those are guaranteed sellouts every single year.”

Maryland head coach Kevin Willard admitted the two looked into a potential matchup during the upcoming 2023-24 season, but that quickly became unworkable with the Hoyas retooling their roster and matchups already set in stone. “We’re trying to get something together with Georgetown. I don’t think it’s going to happen this year. We tried to get it to go this year, but they’re kind of locked into a couple of things from the previous staff. So, I think the Georgetown game will start the year after and I really want to get that game on the schedule,” Willard added.

Maryland holds a 38-27 all-time series lead and have won the last two matchups, the first featuring a four-point win in College Park as Melo Trimble led the way with a game-high 24 points after finishing 13-of-18 from the line. Maryland also mounted an epic comeback against the Hoyas the following year after ending the game on a 20-10 run to pull off a 76-75 win. Georgetown also led by seven points with just 74 seconds left before eight combined points from Trimble and Anthony Cowan pushed the Terps ahead, while a Kevin Huerter block with two seconds remaining sealed the victory.

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