4 Opening Night College Basketball Storylines You Missed While Watching the Champions' Classic

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 6: Andrew Jones #1 of the Texas Longhorns plays defense against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at the Frank Erwin Center on November 6, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
Eastern Illinois v Texas | Chris Covatta/Getty Images

College basketball is officially back, which means unsuspecting upsets and the emergence of some of the best players you've never heard of. Tuesday marked Night 1 of what will be a long and arduous season. Yet, here are four storylines you likely missed if your eyes were glued to the Champions' Classic, like most of America.

4. James Wiseman is a Beast

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 20:  James Wiseman #32 warms up at halftime of the Jordan Brand Classic boys high school all-star basketball game at T-Mobile Arena on April 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Jordan Brand Classic | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

James Wiseman will be a name you become familiar with over the course of the season. The 5-star freshman is an absolute stud, and he put up a casual 28 points and 16 boards against South Carolina State in his college basketball debut for Penny Hardaway and Co.

3. Andrew Jones Puts up 20 in Return From Cancer

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Andrew Jones #1 of the Texas Longhorns brings the ball up court against the Citadel Bulldogs at the Frank Erwin Center on November 16, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
Citadel v Texas | Chris Covatta/Getty Images

Andrew Jones' cancer diagnosis, and his teammates' ability to rally around him, was one of the more inspirational storylines of the 2018-19 campaign. Jones scored 20 points in his first game back for Texas against Northern Colorado.

2. Penn, Nicholls State and UC Riverside Play Spoiler

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls signals to his team against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center on November 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Spurs defeated the Bulls 108-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Fred Hoiberg's Nebraska debut could not have gone worse. The Cornhuskers lost to UC Riverside on Tuesday night in what should've been a gimme. Nicholls State, meanwhile, took down Illinois in overtime while Penn defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Expect the unexpected!

1. Markus Howard Picks up Where He Left off

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15:  Markus Howard #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles shoots the ball against the Seton Hall Pirates in the semifinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
Big East Basketball Tournament - Semifinals | Porter Binks/Getty Images

Markus Howard could score 30 points in his sleep, which is ironic considering the Marquette guard very nearly averaged that per contest this past season. In his 2019-20 debut, Howard put up a very casual 38. Yawn.