The basketball was rough, the offenses were rusty, and the results ultimately won't matter come the NCAA Tournament in March.
But the top four teams in college hoops gathered on Tuesday at the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden, and you really couldn't have asked for a better way to tip off the 2019-20 season.
The lower-ranked team won both games, with No. 4 Duke topping No. 3 Kansas 68-66, and No. 2 Kentucky handling No. 1 Michigan State 69-62.
Here's what we learned about each squad: