The idea behind the Champions Classic was simple: get four of the nation's best and most consistently great college basketball programs, put them under one roof and conduct a doubleheader that will generate early interest in this sport that starts each November but is often overshadowed by football.

The logic was solid.

But could anybody have imagined this? And by this, what I mean is a night when the Champions Classic actually happens on the opening day of the season -- it didn't used to, if you didn't know -- and with the top four teams in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll all in the same building. And with the No. 1 team playing the No. 2 team. And with the No. 3 team playing the No. 4 team. And with four Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coaches, all of whom have won national championships, roaming the sideline?

Could anybody have imagined that?