Aug. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State will play Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 1 (3 p.m.), in New York's Madison Square Garden. The event, entitled "Super Saturday Hoops," features a college doubleheader in basketball's most famous arena, the afternoon prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In the first game of the doubleheader, Marquette will face St. John's (12:30 p.m.). Fox Sports 1 will televise the contests.
"Playing Georgetown in Madison Square Garden on Super Bowl Saturday is a great addition to our schedule," said MSU head coach Tom Izzo. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Thompson and the way he has continued to build his program on a foundation of toughness first implemented by his father, a man for whom I have an incredible amount of admiration. As a huge football fan, I'm excited to be a part of Super Bowl weekend in some small way, while also playing a game in one of the greatest basketball venues."
"Playing this game allows us to put our basketball program and university on a global stage," added MSU athletics director Mark Hollis. "With the eyes of the sports world on New York City that first weekend in February, we are providing a unique experience for our student-athletes. We have countless numbers of Spartan alumni and fans, not only in the New York area, but also along the East Coast, and we look forward to bringing their team to them."
Michigan State and Georgetown have met just once before on the hardwood. The Spartans defeated the Hoyas, 80-68, on March 15, 1986, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. National Player of the Year Scott Skiles led MSU with 24 points and five assists in the contest.
"We're very excited to have the opportunity to play Michigan State at Madison Square Garden," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "It's always special when you get the chance to play at The Garden. Coach Izzo and Michigan State are a tremendous program and I have a great deal of respect for him and what they've accomplished there. For this game to be held in New York City during Super Bowl weekend and on Fox, our partner channel, it will make it one of the highlight games of the season."
Madison Square Garden will actually be host to three basketball games on Feb. 1, as the New York Knicks host the NBA Champion Miami Heat in the evening (separate ticket required).