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Was it windy?

In case you didn’t hear, Michigan State played North Carolina on a boat on Friday. Despite that fact, the Spartans couldn’t throw it in the ocean. It doesn’t matter if you thoroughly dominate UNC on the boards if there’s a lid on the basket. Tom Izzo’s team shot just 38 percent inside the arc and a rock-bottom 10 percent beyond it. Maybe there’s a reason you only play to 15 in streetball.

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Gallery: Carrier Classic in San Diego

In celebration of Veterans Day on Friday night, the Michigan State men’s basketball team played North Carolina on the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. The top-ranked Tar Heels knocked off the Spartans, 67-55, in front of President Barack Obama. See our photo gallery, courtesy of US Presswire, from the incredible scene in this post.

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MSU vs. UNC: See the aircraft carrier hoops court

We already know Michigan State will wear camouflage basketball uniforms against North Carolina on Veterans Day. But here’s a really cool photo of the court on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson. Magic Johnson, a Michigan State alum, and James Worthy, a North Carolina alum, will serve as honorary captains for their alma maters at the game. Read the full AP story here. And the “Daily Edition” on MSUSpartans.com offers up a glimpse of the trip in the latest installment of “Michigan State All-Access.”

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Watch Men's Hoops Preview Video

Our Men’s Basketball Season Preview: 2011-2012 aired Monday night, and you can watch all the video clips right here. You can find the women’s preview clips here. We’re also tracking all the Big Ten exhibition action before the ball tips for real Friday night. Have you heard the Big Ten Geeks are back with us for another season? Our two Geeks bloggers, Josh Reed and Michael Portscheller, will post their usual statistical brilliance all season long. Check out their first Big Ten team preview: Penn State.

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Men's Hoops Exhibition Roundup

It’s the exhibition season for Big Ten men’s basketball teams, which means it’s only a matter of days before the ball jumps for real. Until the games start to count on the ledger, though, use this post to see how the conference’s teams are doing in exhibition play, plus watch select video highlights and analysis. We’ll update this roundup after every exhibition game, so make sure to come back here for the latest Big Ten men’s hoops results.

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