Over the last several years, the military and college basketball have become more intertwined. In 2011, for instance, North Carolina and Michigan State played on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, and last fall Michigan State and the University of Connecticut took to the court at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The tradition will continue this year, as Oregon and Georgetown have been announced as the two participants in this year's Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 8, according to ESPN.
The match up should be a good one. Both Oregon and Georgetown advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, with the Ducks making it to the Sweet 16 before being knocked out by eventual champion Louisville. However, despite the appeal of a big-time early season game, Georgetown coach John Thompson III says this contest has more meaning than what's reflected in the standings.
"I think it's important as we prepare for league play to compete against top-flight opponents," he said. "At the same time, it's an honor for Georgetown to be involved in the Veteran's Week festivities and to recognize the contributions of the United States military."
This marks the second year college basketball will come to an Army base, with plans to have similar games over the next three seasons.