Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/12/11
CORONADO, Ca. The setting was equal parts surreal and spectacular: a purple-orange postcard sunset, President Barack Obama sitting at courtside and the USS Carl Vinson's seven-story control tower looming over a makeshift outdoor arena that was packed with sailors and basketball dignitaries. The basketball itself, most definitely, was not. But long after No. 1-ranked North Carolina's 67-55 pedestrian victory over Michigan State is forgotten, the once-in-a-lifetime memories of college basketball's first game aboard an aircraft carrier are certain to linger. It didn't take long to realize that. "It's going to be a hell of a memory maker for all of us," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said before he left the court. For the participants, there were so many of them. Obama visited both teams in their dressing trailers. The game was stopped around sunset so "Taps" could be played when the ship's flag was taken down. And then there was the setting itself, on the flight deck of a ship tha...
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