Editor's note: New York-based writer Howard Megdal is monitoring all 24-plus hours of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for Page 2. Here's his second report:
8 a.m. ET: Niagara 76, Drexel 69
What you need to know: Was Tuesday the coming out party for the MAAC? Niagara was fun to watch, and won at Drexel's tempo. If Niagara is playing, Calvin Murphy needs to be on the sideline. I like to think Calvin Murphy is at every Niagara game. The team should be called the Niagara Murphys. He could even twirl the baton at halftime. Both Drexel and Niagara will make life difficult for plenty of teams this season.
10 a.m.: Clemson 79, Liberty 39
What you need to know: Crowds can't do it all. Liberty was a sea of red, yet Clemson promptly went up by 20 in the first half. I don't know who missed Seth Curry more, Liberty or the viewers. Give Liberty fans credit, there was a full house and loud cheers, even when Clemson was up 70-33 with three minutes to play.
Noon: Siena 59, Northeastern 53
What you need to know: Northeastern is a very good basketball team. This really surprised me. I expected they'd be huddled around an old picture of Jim Calhoun, lamenting what might have been. Matt Janning doesn't need much space to score. But Siena is also legit, a mid-major that doesn't lack athleticism. Janning alone wasn't enough to overcome Siena.
2 p.m.: Tulsa 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 45
What you need to know: I was ready to be overwhelmed or underwhelmed by Tulsa's Jerome Jordan. Instead, I was whelmed. Jordan does some things quite well: moving with the ball in the post, passing, even the square-up 17-footer. But he appears to be fundamentally horrible at rebounding. What will he do against big men of substance? Tulsa reminds me a lot of the Georgetown teams with Othella Harrington, pre-Iverson, when good center opponents collapse inside with no reliable Plan B. Maybe that's enough to win Conference USA.