St. John's, Syracuse agree to play

NEW YORK -- St. John's and Syracuse aren't done playing hoops against each other.

The two schools announced Wednesday that they will play a home-and-home men's basketball series in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. The Red Storm will host the Orange at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2013. The date at the Carrier Dome the following season is yet to be determined.

"The rivalry with St. John's has been one of the strongest for our program," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement released by the schools.

Added St. John's coach Steve Lavin: "The Johnnies and Cuse rivalry is now more than a century old and deserves to continue."

Both schools are among the top 10 in college basketball history in wins and winning percentage. Both were among the founding members of the Big East in 1979. But Syracuse is departing for the ACC after this season, and St. John's is among seven non-football schools that have also announced their intentions to leave and form a new league.

The two teams will meet one more time as Big East members in the regular season, on Feb. 10 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse (18-2, 6-1) entered Wednesday night tied for first with Marquette, while St. John's (13-7, 5-3) is tied for third with Louisville.

That will be the 87th meeting between the teams in a series that dates back to 1912.