Whose stock rose and fell during Tuesday’s tip-off marathon?

Jeff Eisenberg

The 24-hour tip-off marathon produced some intriguing games worthy of your energy drinks and 32-ounce cups of Mountain Dew. Here are a few players and teams whose stock rose or fell as a result of the event:

Stock Rising: Wesley Witherspoon

Remember last March when many suggested it would be addition by subtraction if Josh Pastner politely asked Witherspoon not to return this season? Well, the senior forward silenced that talk during the Tigers' thoroughly impressive 97-81 victory over Belmont. Witherspoon scored 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting and also chipped in five rebounds and two steals, a performance worthy of the immense hype he received when he arrived at Memphis.

Stock falling: Belmont's at-large hopes

Chances are that Belmont will eviscerate its Atlantic Sun competition again and earn an automatic NCAA tournament berth this March, but its margin for error decreased by opening the season 0-2. Although there's absolutely no shame in losing at Duke and at Memphis, those two games represented Belmont's best chances to secure signature non-conference victories. The toughest non-league games left on the schedule? A pair of matchups with Marshall.

Stock rising: J'Covan Brown

With Texas needing to replace a trio of first-round draft picks who each left school early, the offseason assumption was that Brown would have to assume the role of go-to scorer for the Longhorns this season. The junior guard has proven he's ready for that role and then some in his first two games, following up a 28-point effort in Texas' opener with 35 on Tuesday in a 100-90 victory over Rhode Island.

Stock falling: George Mason

All George Mason had to do to get its first crack at in-state rival Virginia Tech in 20 years was beat lightly regarded Florida International in the opening round of the Preseason NIT. Instead the Patriots squandered that opportunity, landing in a consolation game against Monmouth as a result of a turnover-plagued 79-76 overtime loss. Starting point guard Andre Cornelius can't get back from his 10-game suspension soon enough.

Stock rising: Ohio State

Because North Carolina and Kentucky boast so many future lottery picks and UConn is the defending national champions, Ohio State can sometimes be overlooked in the national title discussion. The Buckeyes showed why it not be wise to forget about them with an 81-74 victory over eighth-ranked Florida thanks to 21 points from William Buford, 16 from Jared Sullinger and stingy perimeter defense from Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft. {YSP:MORE}

Stock falling: Advertising decals

As if watching Michigan State's Branden Dawson slip and tweak his knee on one of those treacherous logo stickers weren't bad enough, the same thing happened to Memphis guard Chris Crawford on Tuesday. Crawford nearly did the splits when he slipped on an Maui Invitational decal on Memphis' home floor, prompting him to tweet after the game "The Maui sign tried to send me to the hospital. Lol." Crawford's lucky he can laugh about it. A player is going to get seriously hurt if the NCAA doesn't ban those soon.

Stock rising: Chase Tapley

Whereas the rest of his San Diego State teammates struggled with Baylor's length and athleticism in a 77-67 loss, Tapley thrived on a big stage and kept the Aztecs competitive deep into the second half. The junior guard's 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting suggests he's going to have a big year this season, something San Diego State desperately needs if it's going to contend in the Mountain West.

Stock falling: West Virginia

It's becoming apparent that the Mountaineers will have to improve considerably between now and the start of Big East play if Bob Huggins is going to lead them back to the NCAA tournament. A 70-60 loss to Kent State was West Virginia's first non-conference setback at home since 2005. The nucleus of forward Kevin Jones, guard Truck Bryant and center Deniz Kilicli combined for 38 points and 34 rebounds, but the only supporting cast member capable of contributing right now is freshman Jabarie Hinds.

Stock rising: the WCC

TV viewers who stayed up late Monday night caught a glimpse of why the WCC appears to be a multi-bid league again this season. First Gonzaga held off Washington State behind an encouraging three-point barrage from freshman Kevin Pangos, then Saint Mary's stymied a Northern Iowa team coming off a resounding victory at Old Dominion. Couple that with Pepperdine's win at Arizona State on Tuesday night, and it was a good 48 hours for the improving WCC.

Stock falling: Michigan State centers

Here's how bad Tuesday night it was for Michigan State's two top centers: Adreian Payne went 1-for-6 from the field and fouled out with just two points, yet he was easily the better half of the duo. In Michigan State's 74-69 loss to Duke, Nix missed six of seven shots, repeatedly fumbled passes in the post and fouled out with less than five minutes left in the game. The only good thing the junior center did was take responsibility for the loss after the game.