The NCAA made history on a historic Veterans Day aboard an aircraft carrier just outside of San Diego in Coronado, California. It was a basketball game that featured President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the stands, as top ranked North Carolina battled Michigan State. It was the first time a college basketball game has been played at such a unique venue, dubbed the “Carrier Classic,” aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Former NBA stars represented each team; Magic Johnson for Michigan State and James Worthy for North Carolina, both alums of their respective universities.
The Tar Heels were lead by Harrison Barnes (17 points) and John Henson (12 points). Henson also blocked a career high nine Spartan shots. As for the Spartans, Draymond Green had a career high 18 rebounds. In the end, North Carolina won the game 67-55 and has now won their last seven season openers.
We tip our caps to the NCAA who took the time to honor Veterans across the country. It was full of special moments; from the venue, to the 8,100 who attended and what it meant to those that serve in the Armed Forces. Whether or not you are a college basketball fan, this was special game.
“The Good in Sports” sends a big thank you to all Veterans for their hard work and dedication. We also salute the NCAA, as well as North Carolina and Michigan State, for their participation in the “Carrier Classic.”
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