2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier

November 11, 2020 all-day

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans await the tipoff of the 2011 Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson.

On November 11, 2011, Michigan State University played the University of North Carolina aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego, California to honor the nation’s veterans. UNC won the basketball game, 67 to 55. The first Carrier Classic was the result of an idea by Michigan State’s Athletic Director Mark Hollis and took several years to come to fruition.

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