Maryland men’s basketball will take on Georgetown for the first time since 2016 next season in late 2025 as a part of the Terps’ 2025-26 nonconference schedule at Xfinity Center, the program announced Tuesday.

The 2025 game will be the first in a four-season home-and-home series between the two schools. The second and fourth matchups will take place at Capital One Arena in 2026 and 2028, while Maryland will host the third in 2027.

The Terps have played the Hoyas just five times since a 1980 NCAA tournament loss to Georgetown. Maryland holds an all-time 38-27 record against the Washington, D.C., program in a matchup that dates back to 1911.

Maryland secured a famous and dramatic 84-83 overtime win against then-No. 15 Georgetown in 1993 with a game-winning floater from Duane Simpkins en route to its first NCAA tournament appearance under coach Gary Williams.

The Terps played a home-and-home series with the Hoyas as a part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games in 2015 and 2016 in the teams’ first local matchups since that 1993 victory. Maryland won both contests.

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Willard has talked about renewing the local rivalry with Georgetown since his former Big East competitor and friend Ed Cooley joined the Hoyas as head coach in March 2023. Willard said he hoped to start the series with Georgetown in 2024 during preseason media day in October 2023. While it’ll take an extra year for the two schools to resume their local rivalry, he and Cooley have managed to bring it back.

“Coach Willard and I are close. I think the DMV area deserves that level of game,” Cooley told The Field of 68 podcast in April.

While the series might conjure memories of the contests between legendary coaches John Thompson and Lefty Driesell, the 2025 version of Maryland versus Georgetown might not have that caliber of competition.

The Hoyas went 9-23 overall and 2-18 in Big East play in Cooley’s first year. The Terps, in Willard’s second year, finished with a losing record for just the second time in the 21st century.

The renewal of the series is still a major step in restoring the historic local rivalry as both coaches look to rebuild their programs to the same heights as their predecessors.