The Carrier Classic didn’t lack for compelling stories. Heck, the outcome (a 67-55 North Carolina win) was secondary to the locale and the audience.
(My favorite was this surreal post about President Obama “humbling” various players by already knowing their names. That’s gotta be weird.)
But simply writing about playing on an aircraft carrier isn’t enough. You need photos. Enjoy.
North Carolina players adjust to the unusual setting on Thursday. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Harrison Barnes goes airborne. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sailors assigned to the USS Carl Vinson gather in the stands. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enter the court. (Photo by Jim Watson/Getty Images)
Tar Heels center Tyler Zeller vies for position vs. the Spartans’ Adreian Payne. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
North Carolina great James Worthy, left, and Michigan State legend Magic Johnson, right, were honorary captains for the game. They’re posing with Mario Lopez. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo blocks a shot by Michigan State guard Keith Appling (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Michigan State’s Derrick Nix stretches for a rebound (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes displays the game’s patriotic flair. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Michigan State guard Brandon Wood dives for a loose ball. (Photo by Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
The North Carolina coaching staff wore combat bootsfor the game. (Photo Larry Ignelzi/AP)
Michigan State’s Draymond Green gathers a rebound. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is pumped. (Photo by Gregory Bull/AP)
This is how the game should be back-dropped. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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