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Sport Science: Challenges of playing basketball on The USS Carl Vinson


As part of ESPN’s programming block America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans, a men’s college basketball game will be played on the deck of a U.S. military aircraft carrier on Veterans Day.

Michigan State will meet North Carolina in the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on The USS Carl Vinson (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

This is the first game staged in such a setting.

What challenges will the players face? This Sport Science video provides some answers.

For more about the USS Carl Vinson, check out this ESPN producer’s experience regarding a 24-hour shift aboard.

Here’s a time lapse video of life aboard the ship from the Navy’s YouTube Channel.

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