Julius Randle had already posted 27 points and 13 rebounds against a team that'll be ranked No. 1 in next week's Associated Press poll by the time Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker took the floor. So the so-called bar was set ridiculously high, and even the strongest of believers had to wonder whether they'd touch it.
Then the second game of the Champions Classic tipped.
Then Parker dominated the first 20 minutes.
Then Wiggins closed spectacularly.
And somehow, despite the unreasonable expectations, this Tuesday night (that drifted into Wednesday morning) actually lived up to the billing. Forever, this made-for-TV event was billed not only as the best regular-season doubleheader in the history of college basketball but also as a chance to see the sport's three best prospects under one roof and on the biggest of big stages. We talked about it and talked about it and talked about it. We hyped it and hyped it and hyped it. But I've been around this stuff long enough to know that the...