The first weekend of the 2017-18 season, like so many before, was filled with power programs rolling overmatched teams.
There were a few closer-than-expected games, for sure, and one game between ranked teams, an 88-65 victory by No. 25 Texas A&M over No. 11 West Virginia.
For the most part, though, it was one blowout after another.
The season heats up in a hurry on Tuesday, when four of the most prominent programs in college basketball — none of them ranked lower than seventh — meet in Chicago.
The Champions Classic at the United Center kicks off with No. 1 Duke facing No. 2 Michigan State, followed by No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 7 Kentucky.