Michigan State vs. Gonzaga live stream, watch online, TV channel, prediction, pick, spread, game odds

For the first time in a decade, the deck of an aircraft carrier will be the site of an NCAA Division I men’s college basketball game as No. 2 Gonzaga takes on Michigan State on Friday in what is billed as the key opening week matchup of the 2022-23 season. Anchored off the coast of San Diego, the USS Abraham Lincoln will host the Veterans Day showdown between the two major sports programs, set for 6:30 PM ET.

While the spectacle of a basketball game being played outdoors on the deck of a 1,092-foot-long Navy ship is something to behold, it’s the game that still counts. It’s time to set the NCAA Tournament seed, the loser of this game won’t get a score pass because the wind blew some of their outside shots out of bounds on November 11th.

The forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures around 60 degrees for the game, which is the first between the Bulldogs and Spartans since the 2011-12 season. Michigan State leads the all-time series 3-1, but the Bulldogs enter this season with significantly higher expectations than the Spartans, who were unranked in the AP preseason poll for just the fourth time in the last 26 seasons.

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How to watch Michigan State vs. Gonzaga live

Date: Friday, November 11 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: USS Abraham Lincoln — San Diego
TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try it free)

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Controversial concept: Five college basketball games have been scheduled for aircraft carriers in the past as part of what has been dubbed the “Carrier Classic.” But the series was met with mixed reviews when weather conditions threw a wrench in the plans. Florida and Georgetown had an aircraft carrier game canceled at halftime in 2012-13 because condensation on the field made conditions too slippery. A similar problem led to the cancellation of the game between Marquette and Ohio State on the same day. But the first game of this type — played between Michigan State and North Carolina in 2011 — was a well-received spectacle, even though it resulted in a 67-55 loss for the Spartans.

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Solid boards: Both of these teams play challenging non-conference schedules. In fact, CBS Sports ranked the Spartans’ No. 1 most challenging, while Gonzaga’s non-league ranking is No. 3. After drama-free wins in Monday’s season opener, this game just marks the start of a busy season for both teams. The Zags play No. 12 Texas and No. 4 Kentucky in their next two games, while Michigan State’s next two are against Kentucky and No. 16 Villanova.

Star players: Gonzaga has a clear star in senior forward Drew Timme, who should surpass 2,000 career points this season barring an injury. Timme is the 2022-23 preseason for CBS Sports Player of the year and one of three Gonzaga players on our roster Top 101 players in sport, along with Julian Strawther (No. 56) and Rasir Bolton (No. 81). Meanwhile, Michigan State doesn’t return a single player who averaged in double figures last season — in part because there was only one — and no players on our top 101 list. Senior forward Joey Hauser led the Spartans with 18 points in their season-opening 73-55 win over Northern Arizona, but it’s unclear who the Spartans’ star will be, if at all.

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Michigan State vs. Gonzaga predictions, picks

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Michigan State is still in the early stages of figuring out its identity with a roster that lacks clear stars. Gonzaga has an alpha in Drew Timme and the offensive moves to drain runs during those times when the Spartans hit offensive dry spells. Play this game again in March and it might be a different story, but the Zags should assert their No. 2 preseason ranking much like they did in a 12-point win over a No. 5 Texas team in Game 2 last season season. Prediction: Gonzaga -10

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