After months of waiting, the NCAA basketball season has finally begun and opening night was certainly full of action. While not exactly the most exciting slate of opening night games, we still learned a fair bit from the hundreds of teams that opened the season on Monday.
We didn’t see any ranked teams playing significant opposition, though that doesn’t mean they all escaped opening day unscathed. There clearly weren’t any conference games or preseason tournaments yet, but a day’s worth of games still told us a lot of stories.
Teams like Kansas and Purdue were dominant, others survived late challenges or early struggles, and many stories were told that will fly under the radar. We don’t have the time to hit the headlines of every game that happened on Monday, but the results and happenings from a few certainly floated to the top of our attention.
We’ll be looking at a few of those results and making some takeaways from these events, keeping in mind that this just one night’s worth of action. No team that struggled is doomed and some results can only be taken with a grain of salt. Still, there was plenty to see across a full day of college hoops and we’ll delve into all of that.