ACC-Catholic 7 Challenge a Must

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On consecutive Saturdays, two compelling intra-conference rivalries faced the beginnings of their ends — Maryland-Duke on Feb. 16, Georgetown-Syracuse on Feb. 23. The ACC and Big East begin turning into something unrecognizable next season. A year after that, the heart of the Big East plans to clear out and form another conference.

But this, actually, is not about the end of classic rivalries. It's past time to weep for them. Those two storied conferences would prefer that you forget about them and engage in new ones anyway, especially in basketball, which will help you forget that the sport that made them legendary was an afterthought to the money machine that is football.

So, if new rivalries are...

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