4:25 pm – Mark Freund
The spectacle that is this Carrier Classic is well underway, as the Notre Dame and Ohio State women are doing battle aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown right now, with the big game between Marquette and Ohio State on the men’s side coming up later tonight.
On a personal note, having spent yesterday and today touring the aircraft carrier and spending some time on the flight deck, there is just one word that I can come up with to describe this scene: extraordinary. I asked Marquette head coach Buzz Williams what it meant to the community in Milwaukee that Marquette is participating in this unprecedented event, and his response was apt: “it makes the hair on your back stand up.” Surely, the hair on everyone’s backs will be standing up tonight, too.
It’s been an unbelievable couple of days to be here in Charleston, covering this Carrier Classic. One thing is for sure, though. This game between the Golden Eagles and the Buckeyes, regardless of the outcome, is sure to be as surreal as the events leading up to it have been.