The college basketball season tips off in earnest tonight off the coast of San Diego, where Michigan State will take on North Carolina on a court built on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson:
ALDLAND ADDS VALUE: Carl Vinson was a member of Georgia’s congressional delegation for more than fifty years. A 1902 graduate of Mercer University Law School, Vinson served as a county prosecutor and judge, as well as a state legislator in Georgia. He died in 1981 at the age of ninety-seven. All of which reminds me of the last high-profile meeting between UNC and MSU, which did not go too well for Sparty. Tom Izzo’s squad suffered a setback before the season even began, and even the homers aren’t overly optimistic about tonight’s high-seas clash. UNC looks good, but I expect the Spartans to put up a fight.