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Hoops On A Flat Top A Daunting Task To Organizers

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BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 11: Crew member stand on the flight deck of Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson whilst at anchor in Busan port on January 11, 2011 in Busan. The USS Carl Vinson arrived in South Korea after participating in drills in East China Sea with Japan aimed at deterring possible attacks by North Korea and China. Tensions remain high in the Korean Peninsula following the shelling Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea last November. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – JANUARY 11: Crew member stand on the flight deck of Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson whilst at anchor in Busan port on January 11, 2011 in Busan. The USS Carl Vinson arrived in South Korea after participating in drills in East China Sea with Japan aimed at deterring possible attacks by North Korea and China. Tensions remain high in the Korean Peninsula following the shelling Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea last November. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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CORONADO, Calif. (AP) – Staging the first NCAA college basketball game on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is going to be a task as big as the USS Carl Vinson itself.

Just less than five months before North Carolina and Michigan State are scheduled to play on Veterans Day, officials from the Navy, ESPN and the Morale Entertainment Foundation spent a few hours Monday inspecting the flat top, which last month buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

The inspection, which continues Tuesday, is a big step in the process of securing final approval from the Navy. Among the numerous issues organizers have to deal with are security, weather, lighting and getting the participants and an estimated 7,000 fans from shore to the ship, which is 1,092 feet long.

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