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In an extremely unique game, the North Carolina Tar Heels will go up against the Michigan State Spartans aboard the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, Calif.
Both teams will be faced with whatever challenges the environment provides, and the fact that the game will be played outdoors is interesting, regardless of the competitors. Having said that, UNC and Michigan State are both elite teams, so the game will draw tons of media attention.
The Spartans are led by Draymond Green, a multi-talented senior who will be a force at the forward position.
The backcourt was poised to be relatively weak, but MSU landed transfer Brandon Wood via Valparaiso. The senior guard averaged 17.2 PPG in two seasons for the Crusaders, and he will make an immediate impact in the Big Ten. Wood and sophomore Keith Appling will form a potent backcourt combo.
UNC will be able to win this game if it can take advantage of Michigan State's inexperienced big men. Adreian Payne, Derrick Nix and Garrick Sherman have yet to play up to their potential, and John Henson and Tyler Zeller should be very effective.
Watching the Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green matchup will be fun, and this game will surely not disappoint viewers. I expect UNC to win, but the final score will be close.