As far as I can tell, the college basketball season always begins with tournaments that offer no particular meaning other than some clashes between big-name schools. That's probably what the planners of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic had in mind when they made Kentucky, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Memphis the regional hosts of a tourney that would conclude in Madison Square Garden.
Apparently, the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs didn't get the script, because #20 Kentucky got its clock cleaned by a school that was expected to be at the bottom of the Atlantic Sun conference. The Wildcats opened the game by falling behind 14-0, and they never came closer than seven points the rest of the game, as white people with weird names like Grayson Flittner (22 points) and Auryn McMillan shocked the nation's winningest college hoops program at fabled Rupp Arena.
Anyway, even though a mid-major beats a big program early in the season every year (plus a couple more times in the NCAA tourney), this is some kinda big deal because we all like underdogs and it's fun to laugh at the Kentucky fans who are now selling their MSG tickets on Stub Hub.
Man, what a bitch of a morning. I had to research all sorts of things I'd never heard of before, like "2K Sports College Hoops Classic" and "Gardner-Webb College" and "college basketball."