DETROIT (WJBK/AP) - Olympia Entertainment announced Tuesday a college basketball doubleheader that will happen December 16th. John Beilein, Tom Izzo, Greg Kampe and Bacari Alexander were all at the announcement.
The Wolverines and Titans will play first, just as they did in Joe Louis Arena's first event in 1979, and the Spartans and Golden Grizzlies will follow.
Detroit and Oakland will also play in the same arena next March in the Horizon League Tournament, with all four teams trying to return for the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo hopes the Big Ten chooses to play a men's basketball tournament in the Motor City, which is midway between the conference's most distant schools - Nebraska and Rutgers.
Also just announced this morning is a Paul McCartney concert that will take place at Little Caesars Arena in the fall. You can read more about that here.
Michigan-native rocker Kid Rock is slated to play the first concert at the Little Caesars Arena. His shows are September 12, 13, 15 and 16, 2017.