AP Sports Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One of the first things Florida coach Billy Donovan did upon boarding the USS Bataan was ask about touring the gun turret.
Forget the wind, the open-air backdrop, the chilly temperatures and potential court condensation.
This was bigger than basketball, and Donovan knew it.
Donovan says, "To be on this ship, sharing a moment like this, means more than I can ever express."
No. 10 Florida and Georgetown were thrilled to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime event _ Friday's season opener on the deck of an ambitious assault ship.
Both teams toured the Bataan on Thursday, posing for pictures and talking to everyone wearing a uniform and taking part in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic. Donovan even invited three former Navy basketball players assigned to the Bataan to help run shoot-around.
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