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Not the hardest of hardcore sports fans? Saw the Orange Bowl score cross the bottom of the screen this morning and wondered out loud, “Say, Clemson’s 3-point shooters must be terrible”? Don’t want to be caught off-guard in the new year? Here are five important military sports dates to circle on your brand-new desk calendar. 1. Jan. 14, rivalry renewal: The first Army-Navy game of the new year takes place on the hardwood,  with the women’s hoops teams squaring off at noon in Annapolis, followed by the men’s teams at 2:30 p.m. (both games on CBS Sports Network). Patriot League…

It’s been a few days since any NCAA teams played basketball on an aircraft carrier. Never too early to think about the next time, right? The inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic appears to have gone off without a hitch, as an outdoor hoops arena went up from scratch, a president made a cross-country visit … and somewhere along the way, the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels managed a 67-55 win over Michigan State. So, what about 2012? This USA Today report outlines some of the details, including the proposed date (Nov. 9, apparently ending the play-on-Veterans Day streak at one),…

If Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils beat Michigan State tonight (ESPN, 7 p.m. EST), he’ll get his 903rd win and become college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. In doing that, he’ll pass his mentor — and his former Army head coach — Bob Knight. Krzyzewski was coached by Knight for all of his four seasons at West Point. Knight forced him to change his playing style, and Krzyzewski went from being a top scorer in high school to primarily a staunch defender and ball-handler for the Army team. He struggled to find his place — even getting booted off the team…

Actually, it’s not a “basketball court” that was built on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. It’s an entire freaking basketball arena, with seating for 7,000 spectators. Part of me is very cynical about this game, but I can’t help but be impressed after watching this. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnV5NO3uqrU[/youtube]

It looks like the first-ever college basketball game played on an aircraft carrier will be played above deck. A rainstorm had threatened to strike San Diego just in time to push the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic into the hangar bay. But it is now forecast to hit the area early on Saturday. Conditions for the game between North Carolina and Michigan State are now predicted to include partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 69 degrees — pretty much perfect for outdoor basketball. The impressive transformation of the Carl Vinson’s flight deck to a basketball arena appears to be almost complete, as you can see…

The first college basketball game to ever be played on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier will happen on Friday. Well, maybe not. A storm could hit San Diego on game day, which would force the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic to be played in the Carl Vinson’s hangar deck. Weather.com says there’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Friday, and they’re also saying that the high temperature will be 62 degrees. Making things even worse for the players, there’s also supposed to be 10mph winds that could gust to significantly higher speeds. As you can see in the gallery below,…

Legendary college basketball commentator and Hooters pitchman Dick Vitale is in Colorado Springs this weekend for the Army-Air Force football game. But there’s another Army-Air Force game next Friday — West Point is playing the Falcons at Clune Arena in each team’s basketball season opener — and someone in Air Force’s athletic department had the good sense to get Vitale to do a brief spot for the contest. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-OgHGOLRd4&feature[/youtube] This should get everyone fired up for hoops season (and for some delicious chicken wings).

The Falcons look to build on a seven-win improvement from 2010, but will need contributions from incoming freshmen to get over that hump. Last season: Overall 16-16; Mountain West 6-10 Coach: Jeff Reynolds (fourth season) Key player: G Michael Lyons (13.7 ppg., 3.5 reb.) What to watch: The Falcons’ solid defense will need to step up even more this year, with three of the team’s top scorers graduating last year. Third-team All-Mountain West selection Michael Lyons can score in a variety of ways, and hit the 20-point mark seven times last season. The Falcons’ offense is largely perimeter-oriented, but Coach…

Navy faces a rebuilding year after a fifth-place finish in the Patriot League and an early exit in the conference tournament. Last season: Overall 11-20; Patriot League 6-8 Coach: Ed DeChellis (first year) Key player: G Jordan Sugars (16 ppg., 6 reb.) What to watch:Former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis — who has taken the Nittany Lions and East Tennessee State University to the NCAA tournament — takes the helm of one of the youngest teams in the country (three seniors, six sophomores, 10 freshmen).  Fortunately, DeChellis has the talents of senior guard Jordan Sugars to work with. Sugars,…

The Michigan State and North Carolina men’s basketball teams will wear school-color camouflage-style uniforms to honor the military during the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veterans Day aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego. On Monday, the Spartans showed off the camouflage-patterned unis they’ll wear — white with a light green pattern and bordered with the school’s traditional dark green. North Carolina’s design, unveiled Oct. 26, will feature a deep blue camouflage pattern over the traditional Carolina blue. Neither team will have player names on the back of the jerseys. Replacing the names will…

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