Big 12, Alabama lead college basketball winners and losers of weekend

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The SEC/Big 12 Challenge claimed a lion’s share of airtime in men’s college basketball over the weekend. For the most part the games lacked late drama but nevertheless produced some surprising results.

In the marquee contests, Kansas survived a tense atmosphere at Kentucky to snap a three-game skid, and Tennessee turned in a top-five caliber performance on its home floor in a wire-to-wire triumph against Texas.

Overall the Big 12 took the series winning seven of the 10 contests. But did the SEC’s results actually – mean more? Yeah, sorry, couldn’t resist.

We will say this much – there were encouraging signs for the two afore-mentioned victors. The way Kansas was able to keep Oscar Tshiebwe and the Wildcats off the offensive glass, addressing a recent bugaboo for the Jayhawks, was a major positive. The Volunteers, meanwhile, were able to run effective sets and shoot 55.6% against the Longhorns, which combined with their usual defensive prowess will make them quite formidable if they can keep it up.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) celebrates from the bench during the first half against Kentucky at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.

We’ll delve into other matchups in that series as well as the rest of the hardwood happenings around the country in this week’s edition of winners and losers.

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The Big 12

As mentioned, the Large Dozen-minus-two claimed the overall series against the SEC helped by winning the two closest contests. Baylor and West Virginia picked up three-point wins at home over Arkansas and Auburn, respectively.

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