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2013 Carrier Classic Expected to Include Kentucky, Texas, Missouri, N.C. State

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Just last season, North Carolina and Michigan State battled aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson as part of the inaugural Carrier Classic.

This season, Ohio State and Marquette will meet upon the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C., while Florida and Georgetown will play off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla. in an unrelated U.S. naval event.

With continued excitement for the idea, the 2013 Carrier Classic is beginning to expand and evolve. According to a report from SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria, the event is expected to grow to eight teams and will include multiple military locations.

Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina State, Florida State, Wake Forest, Gonzaga and Davidson are all rumored to be a part of the event in 2013.

With increased attention and a strong push to continue raising money for military personnel and projects, the Carrier Classic has built attention from a broadcasting perspective as well.

Last season’s UNC-Michigan State tilt raised more than $500,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that will be working very close with the 2K Sports Classic this upcoming season.

While early-season events and tournaments continue to garner steam year-in and year-out, the creativity continues to grow alongside it. In fact, Connecticut and Michigan State will meet this November in a military base in Germany to kick off the season.

The potential lineup of the aforementioned teams could make the Carrier Classic one of the most highly-anticipated events on the 2013-14 schedule. Six high-major programs and two of the nation’s elite mid-majors could stir the pot for some premier non-conference match-ups next season.

 

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