We all had our favorite teams growing up as kids.
Some of us have stuck it out with those teams, while others of course have abandoned that team for another. I mean, we were just kids at the time. What did we know?
For Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., his favorite team growing up was Syracuse. Syracuse? Why?
Well, his father, Jaren Jackson Sr., played college basketball for Georgetown. Georgetown and Syracuse hated each other. So, why did the freshman phenom grow up liking the team who hated his father’s team?
“I actually grew up liking them because of my dad, just to make him upset,” Jackson laughed, sitting in the corner of the Spartans’ locker room in Detroit Saturday afternoon.
Jim Boeheim, who has been the coach at Syracuse since 1976, weighed in on Jackson Jr.’s father and the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry.
“He was a really, really good player at Georgetown,” Boeheim said. “I didn’t like him too much. I don’t like anything about Georgetown.”
Jackson Jr., who scored six points in Michigan State’s first-round victory against No. 14 Bucknell, will have the opportunity to face his favorite team growing up at 2:40 p.m. ET on Sunday in a second-round game. The game will be televised on CBS.
Boeheim had some words about Jackson Jr. ahead of the matchup.
“His son is even better,” Boeheim said. “He is a really good player.”
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