Chat with Andy Katz
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com senior basketball writer Andy Katz stops by to review the 2009-10 hoops season and look forward to next year.
In addition to covering college basketball on a daily basis and breaking news for the site, Katz pens the "Daily Word" and "Weekly Word."
Send your questions now and join Katz Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET!
Ray A. (San Diego, CA)
What do you think of the WCC Conference. Finished with two teams in the top 25, and LMU and USD are both going to improve next season.
Andy Katz (11:08 AM)
I do think the WCC has improved greatly. We can't sleep on Saint Mary's anymore. But Gonzaga is still the class of the league. Saint Mary's and the rest have to re-prove themselves each year. The Gaels will take a hit after losing Omar Samhan.
With the loss of Butler and possible Ebanks will WVU be a top 25 team next season? Any chance Huggy brings in a recruit to help score next season? Please tell me we will be back to a final four in less than 50 years!
Andy Katz (11:10 AM)
I'm still high on West Virginia. We'll see on Ebanks. But Kevin Jones, Joe Mazzulla, John Flowers, Darryl Bryant and Deniz Kilicli will keep the Mountaineers in play in the Big East.
Dave (Mechanicsburg, Pa)
Any word on Wes Johnson goign or staying?
Andy Katz (11:10 AM)
No word but I wouldn't hold your breath. Remember, he has already been in school for four years since he transferred.
Still not impressed with Duke...great champ. game but not the greatest two teams.
Andy Katz (11:14 AM)
That's the difference between the BCS and college basketball. It's not always the best team that wins the title. You can argue that occurs in the NFL sometimes, too. It's one game. It's much more rare in the NBA, NHL and MLB because of a series. If Kentucky and West Virginia played a best of seven the Wildcats would win. Butler wouldn't beat Duke in a best of seven but was one shot away from doing it in a single game. I like this system better than the other.
hey andy,i have two questions, first off who are the preseason fav's going into next season, and second what can i expect from my l'ville cards? thanks
Andy Katz (11:16 AM)
The preseason favorites should be: Purdue, Duke, Butler, Michigan State, Baylor, Pitt. Louisville should factor somewhere in that 20-35 range to start the season.
Fred (New Jersey)
Do u see UNC being a legit contender next year???
Andy Katz (11:17 AM)
North Carolina should be much improved but Duke is the clear favorite in the ACC. The Tar Heels will be counting on newcomers on the perimeter and Harrison Barnes to develop quickly. John Henson showed he's ready for prime-time during the NIT. I'd say UNC should be picked second in the ACC.
Ray A. (San Diego, CA)
What do you think of Seton Hall hiring Kevin Willard? Do you see Hazzell, Pope, or Robinson coming back?
Andy Katz (11:18 AM)
I'm a little miffed. Willard did well at Iona but it's a big jump since he hadn't gone to the NCAAs yet. I'm also not convinced any of those players will return.
Andy, are you at all surprised by the amount of Duke hate that is being spewed after this Championship? People are pointing to the refs handing Duke the title, but wouldn't the NCAA have been better off with Butler winning? Where is the motivation to "allow" Duke to win? Sad that a coach who has been nothing but classy, graduating his student athletes at a high clip at a top 10 university in America is worthy of this hatred...I must be missing something.
Andy Katz (11:20 AM)
I guess I'm not hearing what you're hearing. I don't hear any of the "hate." That's not the circle I travel in or read. So I haven't heard any of it. If it's out there that's too bad. There are more important things to worry about than Duke winning a national title. The Blue Devils earned it. That's it. It's over.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Which College Basketball players that played in the 2010 National Championship Game will play in the NBA in 2010-2011 Season?
Andy Katz (11:25 AM)
If Kyle Singler stays then I would say none.Brian Zoubek and Jon Scheyer will get a look but they may have to go through the D-League route or Europe first.
Jeff (Raleigh, NC)
Andy: Any word on what high profile non-conference opponents Butler has (or will be able to line up) on its 2010-11 schedule? Will so-called major teams be willing to schedule Butler now? (similar to how such teams are willing to schedule Gonzaga)
Andy Katz (11:32 AM)
Butler is in a tournament in Hawaii in the Diamond Head Classic. Still waiting on the other big games so far. Butler will have to get made-for-TV affairs since teams outside of Xavier and Ohio State may not go home-and-home.
Evan (New York, NY)
If the NCAA tourney expands to 96 teams, the better-seeded teams should get home court advantage in the first couple rounds. It works in the NIT and it can work here. This would solve three problems with the expanded field: poor attendance for the opening round games (which is a problem every year), diminished significance of the regular season, and missed classes for students. Home games in the NCAA tourney will definitely sell out, and both the NCAA and the colleges can make money from the increased attendance. Teams will play hard in the regular season to try to get a high seed and a home game, because no one will want to play on the road in the NCAA tournament. Finally, many more students will be able to attend classes because students on teams playing a home game won't have to leave campus. This would only be for the first few rounds; the NCAA can still have the West Regional, etc. Good idea or bad idea?
Andy Katz (11:35 AM)
Good idea. But the thought for the travel seems to be to keep teams in one spot for that first and second and third round.
Shane (Zanesville, OH)
Now that the NCAA Tournament is over, which of the picks you made before the tournament are you most embarrassed about?(I might suggest a game from Providence if you are looking for one)
Andy Katz (11:36 AM)
I'm not embarrassed by picking Georgetown over Ohio. No one thought the Bobcats had a chance. No one. I wouldn't change a thing about it. The biggest mistake I made was thinking UTEP would beat Butler. Once Butler advanced I thought it could continue to advance.
Do you think a Dayton team that adds highly regarded point guard Juwan Staten and brings back Chris Johnson and Chris Wright will have a chance to get back to the top of the A-10?
Andy Katz (11:37 AM)
Chance yes. But I would say Xavier, Temple and Richmond might be picked ahead of them with Saint Louis in the mix as well.
do you think greg monroe will come back for his junior year?
Andy Katz (11:39 AM)
Not sure. If there was ever a player who might it's him. Georgetown has had a good run of keeping big men longer than anyone thought possible.
Andy Katz (11:46 AM)
Thanks for the chat.
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