Michigan State will be a part of a tripleheader of basketball at Madison Square Garden the day before the Super Bowl.
MSU announced Thursday afternoon that it will play Georgetown at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1 in an event being dubbed as “Super Saturday Hoops.” Marquette will face St. John’s in the opening game of the day, while the New York Knicks will host the Miami Heat that night.
Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the two college games.
“Playing Georgetown in Madison Square Garden on Super Bowl Saturday is a great addition to our schedule,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said in a release. “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.”
Mark Hollis said the game allows MSU to display its basketball program on a global stage with the Super Bowl taking place the next day at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“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,” Hollis said. “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.”
The contest will mark just the second meeting between MSU and Georgetown. Scott Skiles led the Spartans to an 80-68 win over the Hoyas in the second round of the NCAA tournament on March 15, 1986.
Georgetown is the latest big name non-conference team to be added to MSU’s schedule for next season. The Spartans will face Kentucky as part of the Champions Classic at the United Center on Nov. 12, and will host North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4.