MSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo takes the floor during Michigan State Madness driving a model jet in honor of the Spartans’ game with North Carolina that is to be held on an aircraft carrier, Friday October 14, 2011 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Michigan State Madness

Didn’t we all decide that college basketball games on aircraft carriers were a silly idea? Apparently not as the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans have agreed to play one another on Veterans Day (November 11) atop the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego.

Matt Norlander reported the long-awaited news, which brings us back to aircraft carrier basketball for the first time since 2012.

Norlander notes that, unlike the previous run of aircraft carrier games, this is not planned to be an ongoing thing.

The aircraft carrier craze includes five “Carrier Classic” games that took place in 2011 and 2012. However, what was most memorable about the games was that two of them were not completed. A game between Florida and Georgetown was called at halftime when condensation on the court made conditions too slippery. Another game between Marquette and Ohio State was canceled for similar reasons.

According to CBS Sports, “every precautionary effort will be put into avoiding any kind of weather impacting the game.”

There were also concerns over how much the games “meant” when it came time to decide on NCAA Tournament seedings. Given that the game conditions are so unique, some felt that winning one of these outdoor contests didn’t mean as much as it would have otherwise meant.

Regardless, the idea of the game certainly sparked interest around the college basketball world, especially since Gonzaga is likely to head into the season at No. 1 in the preseason polls. And, of course, people also had plenty of jokes, too.

[Matt Norlander]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to