2012 Navy-Marine Corps Classic preparations 'crazy, but fun'

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS

The preparation for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic has been intense, but Jacksonville's sports and entertainment executive director said it's worth it.

Alan Verlander, Jackonsville's sports and entertainment executive director, said "it's been crazy" getting prepared for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic "but it's been fun," according to The Florida Times-Union's Garry Smits.

The Florida men's basketball team plays Georgetown in the second annual Navy-Marine Corps Classic on a carrier ship off the coast of Jacksonville on Friday at 9 p.m.

Mike Hill, Florida's executive associate athletics director for external affairs, said the Gators are excited about playing on the The Bataan.

"There is a tremendous amount of excitement among the players," Hill told the Florida Times-Union. "They're really fired up about it, especially since we came back from Norfolk [on a visit by UF officials to get a tour of the boat for planning purposes] and showed them pictures of the ship."

Florida is coming off a 26-11 season. The Gators were 10-6 in the the Southeastern Conference.

Georgetown went 24-9 overall last season. In the Big East, the Hoyas were 12-6.

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