College Basketball: What We Learned from the Carrier Classic

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College Basketball: What We Learned from the Carrier Classic
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The 2011-12 college basketball season kicked off Friday night with a whole host of exciting matchups, including the inaugural Carrier Classic, played aboard the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego.

The North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked No. 1 in the nation in every major poll by near-unanimous votes and early favorites to win the National Championship, squared off against the upstart Michigan State Spartans in the first game of the year for both teams.

The Tar Heels emerged victorious by a score of 67-55, with Harrison Barnes scoring 17 points to lead the team. Draymond Green led the Spartans with 13 points and 18 rebounds.

This game offered a decent look at the coming season for both teams. Beyond the basic box score, let's look at what we learned from Friday night's season opener.

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