College Basketball is convinced that having teams play games on aircraft carriers is a good idea. The Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas will play off the coast of Jacksonville on Friday night in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic.
The second-annual Carrier Classic is an event centered around Labor Day weekend to honor active duty military and veterans.
There are two other men's games scheduled to be played. Marquette and Ohio State will start things off at 7:00 p.m. on the USS Yorktown off the coast of Charleston, S.C.
The Hoyas and Gators will be playing on the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship.
The action was supposed to conclude with No. 9 Syracuse against No. 20 San Diego State on Friday night. However, the game has been moved to Sunday due to the threat of rain off the coast of San Diego.
Where: Off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida
When: Friday, Nov. 9, 9:00 p.m. EST
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Listen: ESPN 850 AM Gainesville, Florida; ESPN 980 AM and Sports Talk AM 570, Washington, D.C.
Key Injuries (CBSSports.com)
Casey Prather (F), concussion
Tyler Adams (C), out for season
What's at Stake
This game is all about recognizing veterans and active duty military, but that doesn't mean both teams aren't craving a victory.
Early bragging rights are on the line. Florida was second in the SEC last season and is ready to show they are an elite team in 2012. The Hoyas have an opportunity to show they will be a contender in the Big East.
What They're Saying
The armed forces are welcoming these games. The U.S. Navy shared the uniforms that the Hoyas will unveil for this matchup.
Matt Watts of the Miami Herald took a shot at a different medium.
So NBC's promo for the Georgetown-Florida game on Friday shows departed point guard Erving Walker. Right on, NBC. Solid work.— Matt Watts (@MattWatt5) November 7, 2012
There are some reports on the matchup as well. Kevin Brockway, beat writer for The Gainesville Sun, shared a bit of information that doesn't bode well for Georgetown.
Florida has won 21 straight season openers and is 16-0 in season-openers under Billy Donovan. #Florida-Georgetown— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) November 7, 2012
Then again, that streak could have more to do with a tradition of opening games with sub-standard competition.
There is also some information on who'll be talking during the game.
Georgetown: Otto Porter, F
Porter was a standout player for the Hoyas last season. There is little doubt he'll be the team leader this season.
He uses his long arms to be disruptive on defense and is a very good shooter as long as he doesn't stray too far from the basket. But he also has a high basketball IQ and will stay within his game.
Porter averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Look for both of those figures to increase this season.
Florida: Kenny Boynton, G
The Gators get Boynton, a senior, back this season. He led the team with an average of 15.9 points per game.
Boynton's real strength is on the other side of the ball. He's an exceptional defender and could control the perimeter this season.
Prediction: Florida 66, Georgetown 59
I've lowered the point totals to reflect the venue. Every minor boat sway will impact shots, not to mention the potential for a breeze, low temperatures and condensation.
This will be a competitive game and some of the young Georgetown stars should make this a great game.