Michigan State and Georgetown will take a break from conference play to face one-another at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1, MLive.com reported Wednesday. St. John's will play a Big East game at Madison Square Garden that morning and the New York Knicks and Miami Heat will meet that evening, filling out the rest of a high-quality hoops tripleheader.
The event has not been officially announced, though Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed all but confirmed it via Twitter on Wednesday.
Tweeted Reed, "FOX televising the 2014 Super Bowl Feb 2 in NYC...What does that have to do with Hoya Hoops?? STAY TUNED!!"
The neutral-site game with Georgetown strengthens yet another loaded non-conference schedule for a Michigan State program that has seldom shied away from tough slates during Tom Izzo's tenure. Michigan State will also face Kentucky in Chicago on Nov. 12, host North Carolina on Dec. 4, visit Texas on Dec. 21 and participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which also includes Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall.
Next season's Spartans should be ready for those tests considering the caliber of players returning to the program. Four out of five starters are back from last season's 27-win team that lost to Duke in the Sweet 16, making Michigan State a fixture in most preseason top fives and a contender to win both the Big Ten and national titles.
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