It was glorious, it was long, it's over. The first day of college basketball is in the books and this is what you need to know.
The Beginning: Eastern Michigan's Zone Holds Vermont in Check
Eastern Michigan and Vermont kicked off the day at 11 AM and the host Eagles were able to control the Catamounts for a 70-50 win without star Raven Lee.
Gonzaga-Pitt Cancelled at Halftime
Unfortunately the biggest story of the night was yet another opening night snafu that saw a game cancelled. Gonzaga and Pitt was no more after players were taking spills like this:
Plenty of upsets during the first day as the little guys went on the road and knocked off some Power 5 opponents.
Mid-Major Madness | Chattanooga Downs Georgia in Overtime
Our own John Roberts gives a recap of Matt McCall's first big victory as the head man at Chattanooga.
Champagne Room | Osprey Swoop Over Illini
We are the mighty Osprey... North Florida made a name for themselves last year with a trip to the NCAA Tournament and now the Atlantic Sun power made their mark on Day 1 taking down Illinois in Champagne.
Backing the Pack | William & Mary Dominates NC State on the Road
The Tribe got a big time win to start the season to begin the post-Marcus Thornton era.
Anonymous Eagles | Belmont Does Their Thing at Marquette
I guess this was an upset? Or was it just a win that comes with the territory for Rick Byrd and his Belmont Bruins?
Bucky's 5th Quarter | Western Illinois Stuns Bo Ryan and Wisconsin
This one kind of came out of nowhere, the Western Illinois Leathernecks went to Madison and shocked Wisconsin on opening night.
Bruins Nation | Monmouth Shocks UCLA 84-81
Speaking of coming out of nowhere, what about Monmouth going all the way across the country and absolutely shocking the UCLA Bruins?
House of Sparky | Sacramento State Ruins Hurley's Debut
That's what you get for leaving a mid-major! Sacramento State knocked off Arizona State on the road in Bobby Hurley's debut for the Sun Devils.
CAA Goes 8-1
What a night for the CAA! William & Mary, JMU, and Elon all pulled off upsets against NC State, Richmond, and Charlotte (in that order). Charleston, UNCW, and Hofstra all cruised to double-digit wins. Then Delaware and Northeastern pulled out close rivalry wins over Delaware State and Boston University. The only team to lose was Drexel who dropped a match up to crosstown rival St. Joseph's 82-81.
Jalan West, Northwestern State
One of the mid-major ranks best guards Jalan West went down yesterday.
Jalan West suffered what appears to be a left shin injury. Big part of Northwestern State, which was down 16 with 30 seconds left.— Daniel Paulling (@DanielPaulling) November 13, 2015
EC. Matthews, Rhode Island
This one could be HUGE as E.C. Matthews went down against American with a knee injury. An ill informed comment from Danny Hurley said Matthews season is a 50/50 shot at this point. CBS Sports
|Yonel Brown||Kennesaw State||34|
|Carrington Love||Green Bay||32|
|RaShawn Thomas||Texas A&M CC||30|
|Rayshawn Simmons||Central Michigan||30|
|Antwon Portley||Saint Peter's||30|
|Wayne Martin||Tennessee State||21|
|Brian Pearson||Savannah State||20|
|Iba Camara||New Hampshire||20|
|Dallas Moore||North Florida||10|
|Jaleen Smith||New Hampshire||10|