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Syracuse-San Diego State Basketball on U.S.S. Midway Is Delayed

November 07, 2012

The college basketball game on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway between Syracuse University and San Diego State University was postponed two days and moved to the early afternoon by forecasts of rain.

The game will remain on the top deck of the decommissioned ship, which is now a San Diego museum, according to the athletics websites of the two schools. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. San Diego time on Nov. 11.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain and low temperatures of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 Celsius) on the night of Nov. 9, when the game was originally scheduled. The afternoon of Nov. 11 is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 68 degrees.

The game remains the season-opening contest for Syracuse, No. 9 in the preseason Associated Press poll, and San Diego State, ranked No. 20. San Diego State moved its scheduled Nov. 11 home game against San Diego Christian College to Nov. 13 to accommodate the change.

Syracuse advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament last season, while San Diego State lost in the second round.

The University of North Carolina and Michigan State University played a game on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson last year, also in San Diego. The Midway deck seats about 5,200 people.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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