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Here's to a special night on the ship

North Carolina beats Michigan State in Carrier Classic, but result merely a footnote

Originally Published: November 11, 2011
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- The jersey names all read USA, a perfectly anonymous tribute in a basketball game in which the game itself was merely a footnote to the pomp.

For the record, North Carolina won here aboard the USS Carl Vinson, as the No. 1 Tar Heels topped a work-in-progress Michigan State team 67-55 in the inaugural Carrier Classic on Friday night.

Somewhere down the road, maybe in early March, that bit of information might be important.

On 11-11-11, it wasn't.

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