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Barnstorming event cancelled for 2018, new tourney expected for Las Vegas

March 13, 2016: Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo during the men's Big Ten Tournament Championship game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Michigan State Spartans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.  (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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The barnstorming event put together by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis for 2018 has been cancelled, multiple sources told FanRag Sports.

The event was set to feature Michigan State, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina in three separate venues — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Sources told FanRag that “logistical issues” prevented the event from happening.

Hollis — one of collegiate athletics’ most innovative administrators — also was the first to suggest that games be played on the deck of aircraft carriers, which has now become a major staple of college basketball’s opening night.

Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, and UCLA are now expected to instead participate in a preseason tournament in Las Vegas during the early portion of the 2018-19 season, multiple sources told FanRag Sports.

As far as this year goes, North Carolina will be playing in the Maui Invitational, the Longhorns will take part in the Legends Classic, Michigan State heads to the Battle 4 Atlantis, Florida is in the AdvoCare Invitational, and UCLA is in The Wooden Legacy.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan. 

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