Early season college basketball is a mixed-bag of assorted cupcakes, tournaments and pre-season challenges.
Depending on how schedules have been created, the first games of the year are either (A) a sign of things to come or (B) have little bearing on what will happen as the rest of season unfolds.
The truth is: loses to quality teams in November don't have a negative impact on future RPI ratings or tournament selection chances. In fact, the opposite may be true.
Lute Olson, former coach of Arizona, scheduled mostly tough games before Pac-10 play began. Not only did it give him a chance to see what his teams were made of, but it also created some "strength of schedule" points when it came down to who was in and who was out of the NCAA Tournament.
Without evaluating all of the possible factors, here is a summary of how the Top 5 conferences did in their opening games in November: