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In the end, this rivalry mattered

Syracuse responds after Boeheim reminds his players of the history with Hoyas

Originally Published: March 15, 2013
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- As you might guess from his sideline demeanor, which hovers somewhere between pensive and peeved, Jim Boeheim isn't much for grand pregame fanfare or dramatic "win one for the Gipper" speeches.

So when he took a few minutes to explain to his players the essence of the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry before the two teams met in the Big East Tournament semifinals, his players' ears perked up a little bit.

"He told us that this isn't just about us, that's ...

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