Local college basketball fans have long fantasized about an arrangement in which area schools would regularly play each other in a format akin to the city series of Philadelphia's Big 5 – Villanova, Temple, La Salle, Penn and St. Joseph's.
But it looks like that's all it is – a fantasy.
For one thing,
“I hope there is a game between us in the future when we get a little bit better,” Turgeon said. “It’d be great for everybody. But (Hoyas coach)
The notion of fostering local rivalries has gotten more complex. The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving from a 16-game schedule to an 18-game schedule once Syracuse and Pittsburgh arrive. That creates fewer opportunities to schedule non-conference games. Also, Maryland is locked into a number of home dates for budgetary reasons.