On Friday, Nov. 9, the Battle on the Midway will highlight one of four military-themed contests that will help kick off the 2012-13 college basketball season.
However, rain and wind is in the forecast for San Diego on Friday and the weather could ultimately force the game to be played indoors. If so, the battle between San Diego State and Syracuse will tip-off from inside the Valley View Casino Center, formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena.
If the game is moved indoors, the opportunity to sell more tickets would present itself. The Valley View Casino Center holds 14,000 people, while the setup on the USS Midway is expected to only include 5,200 seats.
While a number of highly-anticipated battles are expected on Friday, there may be no more exciting match-up than this one. The Aztecs enter the season with one of the more talented groups under head coach Steve Fisher and given the game’s location, do have the effects of a home environment despite its neutral location.
Syracuse, on the other hand, features a roster that is worthy of a top-10 preseason ranking. An upset could be in the works regardless of whether or not the game is played indoors or out.
While a wet environment can cause unsafe conditions aboard the ship, it was only a season ago as part of the first annual Carrier Classic off the coast of San Diego when we saw Michigan State freshman Branden Dawson go down with an injury. The rain can cause its own problems, but San Diego forecasters are calling for 15-30 mph winds, which certainly can present some problems for outside shooters.
There is no official word on a decision as the weather will be continuously monitored throughout the week. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm (EST).
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse