Posted November 07, 2011 on AP on Fox
Michigan State's unique season opener will be particularly special for guard Austin Thornton. The Spartans face top-ranked North Carolina on Friday in the Carrier Classic, a much-anticipated basketball game on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. Thornton's older brother Thomas, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, is expected to be there. He's been stationed at Camp Pendleton recently. The carrier will be at its berth at North Island Naval Air Station in the San Diego area. President Obama is expected to attend the game. The USS Carl Vinson is the aircraft carrier from which Osama bin Laden was buried at sea.
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