The fact that No. 1 North Carolina's 2011-12 season began with a sound 67-55 defeat of Michigan State was a mere footnote on Friday night.
The spectacle that was the two perennial powerhouses facing off on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veteran's Day was like nothing ever seen before in college hoops.
Want to see it again? Here's a look back at the inaugural Carrier Classic in pictures ...