After the pregame festivities finally came to a close, a real, live basketball game tipped off on the USS Carl Vinson, docked in San Diego. Michigan State and UNC have the honors in a game that was simply a brilliant idea. The setting is an absolutely incredible sight.
But yes, there is actual basketball going on. Lopsided as the matchup seems on paper -- UNC comes in ranked No. 1 in the nation and is expected to be a juggernaut this year -- Michigan State is putting up a fight with a strong start. Just about midway through the first half, Michigan State holds the lead, 13-8.
Draymond Green and Derrick Nix each have four points to lead the Spartans. Brandon Wood has three points and Branden Dawson has two. Nix and Dawson each have four rebounds to lead the way, as well.
On the other side, Harrison Barnes has four points and a rebound. John Henson and Dexter Strickland each have two points.
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