The UNC Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans will kick off the 2011-2012 basketball season Friday at 7 p.m ET with the first ever Carrier Classic. The teams will play in San Diego on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier.
Carolina Clubs around the world—from Seattle to Shanghai to New Zealand—are holding game-viewing parties for the Carrier Classic. Check out the UNC General Alumni Association website to find one near you.
Check out more information and coverage of the Carrier Classic below.
- Hear coaches Roy Williams and Tom Izzo talk about the Carrier Classic.
- Watch these preview interviews with U.S. Navy Admiral Dennis Moynihan, ESPN Commentator Jay Bilas, Quicken Loans President Jay Farmer, and coaches Tom Izzo and Roy Williams.
- This time-lapse video shows the transformation from flight deck to basketball court.
- ESPN is reporting that rain won’t force the Carrier Classic below deck. If it does rain, there will be a rain delay.
- Sport Science looks at the challenges of playing basketball aboard a ship.
- Find out how UNC players are preparing for the unusual conditions.
- Check out this infographic, which shows how the USS Carl Vinson will look on game day.
- Track San Diego’s weather here.
- Find out the best places in Chapel Hill to watch the game.