Carrier Classic 2012: Arizona Wildcats To Face UConn Huskies

The 2011 Carrier Classic hasn't even been played and already it's spawned a follow up game for next season. The Arizona Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies have agreed to play in the 2012 Carrier Classic, perhaps better known as THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME PLAYED ON A FREAKING AIRCRAFT CARRIER ON SAN DIEGO BAY.

The inaugural Carrier Classic will be played on Friday -- Veterans Day -- between North Carolina and Michigan State in San Diego. The second edition would likely be played on Nov. 9, but is not set in stone.

With another matchup between marquee programs, this game could turn into a must-see annual event -- the NCAA basketball's version of NHL's Winter Classic.

SBNation Arizona's Scott Coleman is excited for the matchup:

This of course will likely be the first game between Arizona and UCONN since their last meeting in the 2011 Elite Eight. As 'Cats fans are well aware, UA came just a three-pointer short of a Final Four appearance. To say revenge will be on the minds of Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, Jordin Mayes and others is an understatement.

If the prospect of the Wildcats and Huskies matching up on an aircraft carrier is somehow not exciting enough, I offer this time-lapse video of the court getting set up for this season's game provided by the Navy. It cannot be watched enough times.

For more on the 2011 Carrier Classic, visit our Tar Heels blog Carolina March and our Michigan State blog The Only Colors, as well as our Comprehensive Carrier Classic StoryStream.

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