I was told a few months ago by people who know things that Fox Sports 1 wants to make a splash with its college hoops coverage, and what better way to do so then by having the new Big East's flagship programs (sorry, Villanova) play in New York City in a massive doubleheader during the weekend of the Super Bowl. The Hoyas are rumored to play Michigan State in one game, with St. John's facing off against Marquette in the other. Though I had yet to see any hints out there that have confirmed as much, this little nugget was dropped by Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed this morning:
#HoyaNation: RT - FOX televising the 2014 Super Bowl Feb 2 in NYC...What does that have to do with Hoya Hoops?? STAY TUNED!! #HoyaSaxa— Lee Reed (@HoyasAD) August 7, 2013
While this by no means confirms that the Hoyas will play in NYC Super Bowl weekend, you don't have to be Einstein to put the two together. Given that it is FOX, whether these games will be played at Madison Square Garden, on a barge in the Hudson River, at a club in the Meatpacking District or in the lobby of FAO Schwartz remains a mystery, but for now I'm banking on the fact that Georgetown/Michigan State and St. John's/Marquette will be playing in a doubleheader on Saturday, February 1st or even the day of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2nd. As if it already weren't a massive enough sports weekend in NYC, the New York Knicks host the NBA Champion Miami Heat at MSG 8:30 pm on Saturday, February 1st. For those who care about hockey, the Rangers host the rival Islanders on Friday night, January 31st.
Though official confirmation of this game may be revealed in the upcoming days (after all, it wasn't until we broke the Greg Whittington ACL story that ESPN then followed suit), it appears that the release of the full Big East Conference schedule is still a few weeks away. While you wait patiently, please enjoy the below once again and re-live one of this summer's finest moments when Georgetown defeated St. John's on a last second buzzer beater by 'Owen.'