Five quick hits as a military-themed college basketball weekend closes in.
1. More uniforms: We’ve got shots of Georgetown (facing Florida on the amphibious assault ship Bataan on Friday), Ohio State (facing Marquette on the decommissioned aircraft carrier Yorktown on Friday) and Connecticut (facing Michigan State at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Friday) gear at right. All eight schools playing men’s basketball on carriers and on European bases this week are Nike-sponsored, so keep an eye out here for future uniform releases.
We had Michigan State gear and a link to an early Florida camo-uni prototype with our now-outdated game schedule.
2. Midway game moved. The Syracuse-San Diego State showdown on the decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway has been shuffled to Sunday, ESPN reports, to avoid the rain forecasted for San Diego on Friday.
Start time is set for 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern). Because the game is being picked up on a network-by-network basis on sports channels around the country, its availability near you may have changed. As always, check your local listings.
3. All-star broadcasts. It’s also unclear whether the delay will change the scheduled San Diego broadcast team of Dick Enberg, Steve Kerr and Erin Andrews. It’s the top lineup in an interesting series of commentators, including former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy on Bataan and former Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun in Germany, calling the game for the UConn radio network.
4. Ticket update. A seat on Yorktown for Marquette-OSU is rare and pricey; it’ll cost at least $500. Seats on Midway are available through some online brokers for less than $200. The Ramstein and Bataan games have very limited seating because of active military involvement.
5. Player update. Florida junior Casey Prather, one of the team’s top returning players, suffered a concussion Monday at practice and may not suit up for the Gators on Bataan.