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They will try to play college basketball on an aircraft carrier again, and marine veteran Tom Izzo and the State of Michigan will return to San Diego Bay to face Gonzaga on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on Veterans Day.

The game will be shown in prime time on November 11 as part of ESPN’s Armed Forces Classic from the elevated airfield moored at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, across the bay from downtown. San Diego Street. The Abraham Lincoln is being deployed and will return to port later this summer.

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North Carolina forward John Henson (31) scrambles for rehab with Michigan State center Adreian Payne (5) and forward Branden Dawson (22) during the first half of the Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball game on board USS Carl Vinson, November 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

The Spartans of Izzo 1 North Carolina 67-55 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011, in the first college basketball game aboard an active aircraft carrier. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch from the side of the road. The Carl Vinson carried out the sea burial of Osama bin Laden after he was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid ordered by Obama six months earlier.

This would be the first carrier game since 2012, when only two of the four games were scheduled to take place that fall, including one in San Diego that had to be postponed by two days because it rains instead of moving it indoors.

Although the 2011 Carrier Classic was set in a spectacular setting, it ended less than an hour before rain drenched the pitch, just one of the dangers the organizers faced in staging aircraft carrier jumping games. Organizers said there would be a backup court on the hangar deck for backup, but that court was never set up.

Izzo welcomes the opportunity to play in another service provider game.

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“The experience we had in 2011 when we played North Carolina Being on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson has been one of the most humbling experiences of my career,” Izzo said in a statement. Obviously, we want to win and any match with such a program is very special, but for me the game is more than just win or lose.

“This opportunity to play on an aircraft carrier in front of men and women who serve in the military and are willing to give their lives is an experience that will be meaningful to the young men who will be playing in the game. this. long, long time,” added Izzo. “I said last time and I will say it again, we will play against one of the strongest teams in the country and we will be hosted by the number one team in the world.”

Coach Gonzaga Mark Few echoed Izzo’s thoughts.

“This is a special opportunity for our program to support those who fight for our country in our own way. We are thrilled to face an incredible program in our country. Michigan State and a great colleague in Coach Izzo. I’m sure this will be a great memory for all of us,” Zags’ coach said in a statement.

The carrier craze disappeared after 2012, when Mother Nature built some serious defenses, at least on the East Coast.

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In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Michigan State center Derrick Nix (25) catches a bounce in front of North Carolina forward John Henson (31), right, during the first half of the game. Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball aboard the USS Carl Vinson, Friday, November 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.

In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Michigan State center Derrick Nix (25) catches a bounce in front of North Carolina forward John Henson (31), right, during the first half of the game. Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball aboard the USS Carl Vinson, Friday, November 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

In a scheduled double-head carrier Carrier Classic aboard the decommissioned USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina, on November 9, 2012. Our woman beat Ohio State in a women’s game that begins in the afternoon. But a men’s game between Ohio State and Marquette scheduled for the evening never started because of the dense conditions on the field.

That same night, a match against Georgetown and Florida aboard the USS Bataan, operating in Gainesville, Florida, was decommissioned after half-time due to steam.

In San Diego, a game between Syracuse and the State of San Diego scheduled for the evening of November 9 on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum on the San Diego Bay side was delayed two days because of rain. When it was played in bright sunshine on the afternoon of November 11, a strong wind blowing across the bay contributed to the Aztecs making just 1 of 18 3-pointers in a 62-49 loss to Orange. higher and its defensive team. .

Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events, said all parties will consider contingencies in case bad weather or world events could bring the carrier out of service.

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North Carolina forward Desmond Hubert, left, dives during practice before the Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State aboard the USS Carl Vinson, Friday, November 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.

North Carolina forward Desmond Hubert, left, dives during practice before the Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State aboard the USS Carl Vinson, Friday, November 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.
(AP Photo / Gregory Bull, File)

He said going back to the carrier game “was just a self-representing choice. There were no big plans with it. It was something that was up for discussion and we looked into it and saw it. More importantly, we found groups that wanted to be part of that experience and very well understood the logistical challenges that could be faced.

“There’s always been a conspiracy from the coaches and organizations involved to give thanks back to the men and women in the military,” Overby said. “The number of teams that have lined up to compete in these events, whether they’re overseas or even domestically, has, to our minds, been very positively received by the interscholastic basketball community. Because So we’re very excited about that.”

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