Heels to play Air Force next season?

North Carolina is in discussions with Air Force to open the season in a matchup on an aircraft carrier, according to the AP.

The military academy, North Carolina, Navy and Michigan State are in talks about playing a season-opening basketball doubleheader Nov. 12 or Nov. 13 on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, an Air Force official told The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs.

"There is nothing finalized in writing yet," Air Force senior associate athletic director Mike Saks said Monday. "It's a thought, a great thought obviously, if it's approved through all the channels. If all that is all taken care of and we are offered a real contract on all of this, we would sign it tomorrow."

Saks was approached about the game last month. If approved, Air Force would play North Carolina and Navy would play Michigan State. Portable grandstands would be set up to hold about 8,000 spectators.

LINK: Four teams in talks for twinbill at sea

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