Big 12, Alabama lead the weekend’s college basketball winners and losers

The SEC/Big 12 Challenge consumed a lion’s share of men’s college basketball airtime over the weekend. The games mostly remained without late drama, but still brought some surprising results.

In the marquee competitions, Kansas survived a tense atmosphere in Kentucky to score a three-game sled, and Tennessee delivered a top-five caliber performance on their home court in a wire-to-wire triumph against Texas.

Overall, the Big 12 won seven of the ten competitions in the series. But did the SEC’s findings actually mean – more? Yes, sorry, couldn’t resist.

Suffice it to say – there were encouraging signs for the two named winners. The way Kansas was able to keep Oscar Tshiebwe and the Wildcats off the offensive glass was a huge plus. The Volunteers, on the other hand, were able to play effective sets and shoot 55.6% against the Longhorns, which combined with their usual defensive ability will make them pretty impressive if they pull through.

We’ll be covering other encounters in this series, as well as the rest of the hardwood events across the country, in this week’s Winners and Losers.

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The Big 12

As previously mentioned, the Big Dozen minus two claimed the overall series helped against the SEC by winning the two closest contests. Baylor and West Virginia each won three points at home against Arkansas and Auburn.