Carrier Classic Ship Captain is from Piedmont

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) - The Carrier Classic basketball game between UNC and Michigan State will take place on a ship captained by a Piedmont native.

Capt. Bruce Lindsey is in charge of the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that buried Osama Bin Laden's body at sea after his death in May at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals.

Lindsey is a graduate of Reidsville High School, which makes who he's rooting for not surprising at all.

"It's an awesome opportunity to showcase our Navy, and we have a lot of great sailors. We're going to have about 800 Carl Vinson sailors out in the stands, and they get to watch a quality basketball game. I'll be rooting for the Tar Heels," Lindsey said.

The game begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. Roughly 6,000 military personnel will be at the game, and each university received 750 tickets.

President and commander-in-chief Barack Obama will be attending the game as well. Other special guests include Magic Johnson for Michigan State and James Worthy for UNC.

Lindsey's crew has put together two basketball courts, one on the deck and one in the hangar below in case rain or wind make it impossible to play outside.