Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State, UCLA among biggest winners and losers from weekend’s slate

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Winners: Memphis Tigers

Penny Hardaway’s club, who currently sport the 10th-strongest non-conference strength of schedule, according to KenPom, pulled off a 79-77 win over the previously undefeated Clemson Tigers at home after beating both VCU and Texas A&M on the road last week.

It was another strong win for the Tigers, who were led in scoring by 22 points from David Jones alongside 17 points and 6 assists from Jahvon Quinerly in their winning effort.

Not only did the Tigers get the win on Saturday, but they received a commitment from Kansas State transfer Nae’Qwan Tomlin early Tuesday morning, immediately adding excellent rim protection and rebounding under the basket.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Tigers will face both Virginia and Vanderbilt at home this upcoming week, but given the strong week/weekend the Tigers had, Penny’s club will certainly be up for the test.

Losers: Undefeated teams

Entering this Saturday, seven undefeated teams remained in college basketball: Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Clemson and James Madison.

In 24 hours, only four remain undefeated -- Ole Miss, James Madison, Oklahoma and Houston. Who would have thought this a month and a half ago?

This Saturday, Arizona fell to Purdue in Indianapolis, Baylor fell in whooping fashion to Michigan State and Clemson fell on the road to Memphis. All of these are not bad losses on paper (besides Baylor's margin of defeat to Michigan State), but certainly losses that could be the difference between a one or two seed or a three or four seed come March.