In terms of opening days, college basketball’s doesn’t exactly turn heads like other sports.
There is something magical about opening day of baseball (perhaps it brings us back to the days of our youth, when we were pulled out of school early to go to that first game), and the start of college or pro football is memorable because it signifies the end of summer.
Give college hoops some credit though. Midnight Madness celebrations across the country are special events that give the fans an early glimpse of their teams. But this event happens about a month before the season.
The lack of a headline-grabbing first night in years past is partially responsible for the games aboard aircraft carriers that seem to be here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Perhaps the best news that comes from these games is the marquee matchups that fans aren’t used to seeing early in the season.
Read on to see the five best games of college basketball’s opening day (Nov. 9) of the 2012-13 season.