Gonzaga vs. Michigan State leads college basketball opening weekend

Gonzaga vs. Michigan State leads college basketball opening weekend

The 2022–23 men’s college basketball season opened with a whimper, with only two games in the first four days pitting two high-major teams (Vanderbilt vs. Memphis and Tulsa vs. Memphis, both on opening night). As independent site Heat Check CBB pointed out, the numbers point to this being the worst opening-week slate in at least a decade.

There are multiple reasons for this, the most obvious being that the move to open the season on a Monday night to avoid conflicts with Election Day meant the traditional opening-night-headlining Champions Classic was pushed to the second week. But while we wait for Kentucky vs. Michigan State and Duke vs. Kansas in Indianapolis next week, the faucet of high-quality games starts to at least drip this weekend.

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