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 that hated his father’s team?
“I actually grew up liking them because of my dad, just to make him upset,” Jackson said with a laugh while sitting in the Spartans locker room in Detroit on Saturday, according to a report in the Lansing State Journal.
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 6 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 Sunday in a second-round game. The game will be televised on CBS.
Boeheim had some words about the Jacksons ahead of the matchup.
“His son is even better,” Boeheim said. “He is a really good player.”