Spartans to go on hoops tour of America in 2018

Spartans to go on hoops tour of America in 2018
February 13, 2014, 9:15 am
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Vinnie Duber

Remember those cryptic tweets Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis sent out last month?

Well, it seems the mystery has been revealed.

ESPN’s Andy Katz reported Wednesday that the Spartans will be part of a four-team “barnstorming” tour of the United States in the 2018 season that will feature doubleheaders in the country’s three largest cities. Joining Michigan State will be North Carolina, Texas and Florida.

Over the course of eight days in December 2018, the four teams will play a trio of doubleheaders: one at Madison Square Garden in New York, one at the United Center in Chicago and the third at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The uniqueness of the event is increased by the fact that the four teams will all travel together, stay together and participate in city-specific outings together.

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"It's a very cool idea," Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo was quoted as saying in the report. "At first I thought it was crazy, but it's during break so we don't miss any school. It's three big games in a row, and with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and other events (Champions Classic) we could have six or seven big games."

Katz got a hold of the planned itinerary from Hollis, and it includes a Broadway Show in New York, pizza and a Second City performance in Chicago and a trip to Disneyland when in LA.

Looking back on Hollis’ vague tweets, his clues weren’t terribly helpful in deciphering what exactly he had planned. But now, the vagueness is explained by the fact that the destination is actually three separate locations.

Michigan State played in a similarly headline-worthy event earlier this season, the Champions Classic at the United Center. That event will be played for at least the next three seasons with a rotating location, heading to Indianapolis next season and returning to Chicago in 2015.