Michigan State will play Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3:00 p.m. in Madison Square Garden as a part of “Super Saturday Hoops,” featuring a NCAA doubleheader in basketball’s most famous arena. The event will take place the afternoon prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
St. John’s will play Marquette at 12:30 p.m. in the first game, Fox Sports 1 will televise the NCAA doubleheader.
While Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and Georgetown head coach John Thompson III both have successful programs they have met once before. On March 15, 1986 the Spartans defeated the Hoyas 80-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the Spartans then-fifth Sweet Sixteen appearance.
“Playing Georgetown in Madison Square Garden on Super Bowl Saturday is a great addition to our schedule,” said MSU head coach Tom Izzo in an official release. “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.”
The New York Knicks will host the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat following the Spartans game at Madison Square Garden.