2016 Armed Forces Classic featuring MSU-Arizona match-up moved to Univ. of Hawaii campus

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A very popular event that college basketball has done since the 2012 regular season is have one game scheduled on active military bases around the world as way of honoring all the men and women, current and former, who have served in the military.

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Dubbed the Armed Forces Classic, it began when the Michigan State Spartans played the Connecticut Huskies as the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, the first Division I college basketball game in Europe. The Spartans fell to to the Huskies 66-62 in the inaugural event, in front of nearly 3,300 military members and their loved ones.

MSU has also previously played the North Carolina Tar Heels in the then ‘Carrier Classic‘ back on Veteran’s Day of 2011, a game that played on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Vinson and lost that game 67-55. Then in 2014, the Spartans opened up the season playing Navy at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. They squeaked out a five-point victory on the road in that one.

This year, Michigan State is back in the event and part of a back-to-back slate. They will be sharing the floor with another perennial power in the Arionza Wildcats.

This year’s Armed Forces Classic is set to take place at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, or at least it was set to take place there. We learned on Thursday that the event has been relocated to the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

According to ESPN, who will be televising the event now at the Stan Sheriff Center on the UH campus, the move to relocate the event was in an effort “to provide basketball fans of both the military and the community an opportunity to see the games up close.” They also did announce that the lower bowl of the venue will be strictly for military personnel, and the upper level will be available to the rest of the general public with priority going to the school’s H-Club Athletic Fund.

The non-conference game against Arizona is just one of many intriguing and tough tests for MSU and soon-to-be Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo in the month of November. You can catch the Spartans and Wildcats in action on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. ET (2p in Hawaii). The game will be followed by another juicy match-up of basketball bluebloods – Kansas vs. Indiana @ 9:30 p.m. ET (4:30p in Hawaii).

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