JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - One of the first things Florida coach Billy Donovan did upon boarding the USS Bataan was ask about touring the gun turret.
Forget the wind, the open-air backdrop, the chilly temperatures and potential court condensation.
This was bigger than basketball, and Donovan knew it.
"To be on this ship, sharing a moment like this, means more than I can ever express," Donovan said.
No. 10 Florida and Georgetown were thrilled to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime event - Friday night's season opener on the deck of an amphibious assault ship.
Both teams toured the 844-foot Bataan on Thursday, posing for pictures and talking to everyone wearing a uniform and taking part in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic. Donovan even invited three former Navy basketball players assigned to the Bataan to help run shoot-around.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III was equally taken back.
"For these kids to get the opportunity to come here and meet the sailors and the...