Aug. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will play Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1 as part of Super Saturday Hoops on FOX Sports 1.
The game is the nightcap of a doubleheader that also features Marquette against St. John's and is part of FOX Sports' landmark 12-year multi-platform media rights agreement with the BIG EAST Conference starting this year. FOX Sports 1 will be carrying Super Saturday Hoops, starting at 1 p.m. with a game between Marquette and St. John's and capping it off at 3:30 p.m. with the game between the Spartans and the Hoyas.
"We're very excited to have the opportunity to play Michigan State at Madison Square Garden," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "It's always special when you get the chance to play at The Garden. Coach (Tom) Izzo and Michigan State have 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 on FOX Sports, our partner channel, it will make it one of the highlight games of the season."
The college doubleheader is actually part of a basketball triple-header at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Knicks will be hosting the Miami Heat that night (a separate ticket will be required).
"Super Saturday Hoops is just the first of what will be a week's worth of tremendous sports events carried by FOX Sports 1, with most, like this one, originating in the New York/New Jersey area," said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports Co-President & Chief Operating Officer. "We're proud of our long-term association with the BIG EAST, and it's through that relationship we look forward to the conference and our new channel growing together."
Georgetown and Michigan State have met just once, on March 15, 1986 when the Spartans won, 80-68, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Georgetown finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas won a share of the BIG EAST regular-season championship and were the No. 1 seed in the tournament after posting a 14-4 record in league play. The Hoyas were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and closed out the regular season with 12 wins in 13 games. The Hoyas are one of only four schools in the country to be ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 at least once in each of the last seven seasons.
Michigan State returns four starters and six of its top seven scorers from last year's Sweet 16 squad. "Playing Georgetown in Madison Square Garden on Super Bowl Saturday is a great addition to our schedule," Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo said. "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."
FOX Sports 1 is slated to televise over 100 BIG EAST men's regular-season basketball games this season, plus the entire BIG EAST Men's Basketball Tournament, also live from Madison Square Garden, the tournament's home since 1983, and the longest-running conference tournament played at one venue. The BIG EAST Conference features Butler University, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University beginning with the coming academic year.
Tickets for this event will be available through Georgetown Athletics but are not yet on sale. To be notified as soon as tickets become available, please subscribe to the Georgetown Athletics' men's basketball ticket alert list-serve. You can subscribe through your online MY HOYAS Account by visiting WeAreGeorgetown.com/MYHOYAS (if you do not already have an account, you can create one through this web page). If you need any assistance, please contact the Georgetown Athletic Ticket Office at 202.687.4692.