The 2012-13 season already features three games on aircraft carriers, and now college basketball moves to a foreign country.
Andy Katz of ESPN.com is reporting that Michigan State and Connecticut will play overseas at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on Nov. 9, three days before Veteran’s Day.
Ramstein houses the US Air Forces in Europe, as well as functions as a NATO installment. The game is pending formal approval from the Department of Defense.
“I asked my players if they wanted to do it and they were jacked,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told Katz. “Has a college team ever played a regular-season game in Europe? I don’t think so. It will be cool. We’re going to a base in another country. That’s pretty cool.”
This will be the second straight season in which Michigan State will be participating in a Veteran’s Day game, following last season’s match-up with North Carolina on the USS Carl Vinson, off the coast of San Diego. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance.
The game in Germany will be played in front of 2,500 to 3,000 servicemen and women.
“With so many of our with [servicemen and women] coming from the war front, it’s appropriate for our kids to honor them,” said Calhoun. “This is a great thing for us and for the kids, especially on Veteran’s Day.”
Nov. 9 will see three other games celebrating the holiday, with Florida taking on Georgetown in Jacksonville, Ohio State matching up with Marquette in Charleston, S.C., and Syracuse-San Diego State in San Diego.