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November 7, 2:26 PM ET
Chat with Andy Katz

Andy Katz
  (11:01 AM)

here to chat for a bit

Justin (Houston, TX)

Hey Andy, no one has talked about Texas A&M University in a long time since Acie Law was here and the call (or no call) against us in the UCLA game last year. I look at our roster and see a bunch of very talented guys, and even though we lost Joseph Jones, Dominique Kirk, and Deandre Jordan(not a good move to go to the NBA), I foresee us making big strides this year. What do you have to say on the matter?

Andy Katz
  (11:04 AM)

A&M will be an itneresting team to watch. Mark Turgeon told me he was very pleased with the progress of forward David Loubeau. Clearly the guard play should be the strength with Josh Carter on the wing and Donald Sloan at the point. I'm sure the Aggies will be in the mix in the top five in the Big 12.

Jake (Syracuse)

Andy, any chance the Orange wins the BE this year? Boeheim said he's atleast going 9 deep, that would help.

Andy Katz
  (11:05 AM)

Chance? Sure. But it's unlikely He said he could see his team finishing anywhere from 2 to 8.

BK (mpls)

Andy, Can you tell me what's in store for us Hoosier fans over the next year?

Andy Katz
  (11:05 AM)

A scrappy team that won't win many games and then a transition into a Marquette-like gritty team that will form over the next two years.

Brad (Gadsden,Alabama)

Andy, Will Alabama do good in the Maui Inventainal?

Andy Katz
  (11:06 AM)

Alabama should have a decent shot to come out of there with two wins. If Steele plays up to his potential this early in the season then the Tide will ahve an advantage with an experienced backcourt. I wouldn't sleep on the Tide in Maui. They could surprise.

Steiny (NYC)

Do you agree with the fact Mike Krzyzewski plans to use Greg Paulus in a reserve role and start Nolan Smith?

Andy Katz
  (11:07 AM)

Yes. Nothing wrong with experience off the bench. Smith provides more athleticism. I don't have an issue with it. He would know more than me. He's won just a few more games.

Travis (Chicago)

What freshman do you think will be a household name by March?

Andy Katz
  (11:08 AM)

DeMar DeRozan, USC Tyreke Evans, Memphis B.J. Mullens, Ohio State Jrue Holiday, UCLA Delvon Roe, Michigan State Kemba Walker, UConn

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Do you think UCLA will have some early growing pains after losing Love and a bunch of upper-classmen?

Andy Katz
  (11:09 AM)

Yes. Losing to Duke in New York (let alone potentially struggling with Miami of Ohio isn't a reach this week) or at Texas isn't out of the question.

Pablo ( New York City)

Who is your dark horse team in the Big East?

Andy Katz
  (11:09 AM)

West Virginia or Syracuse

Steiny (NYC)

Hi Andy long time no speak. Do you think Georgia Tech is going to make the NCAA Tournment?

Andy Katz
  (11:10 AM)

it all depends on the point guard. If Iman Shumpert is a big-time point guard for the Yellow Jackets then they've got a shot.

RP: (b-more, MD)

how do you think Zona will do in the NIT?

Andy Katz
  (11:11 AM)

Won't be surprised at all if the Wildcats don't get out of Tucson and lose to UAB at home, assuming the Blazers beat Santa Clara.

Dean

When will Hansbrough play his first game

Andy Katz
  (11:12 AM)

When he's healthy. The Tar Heels shouldn't play him until he's completely ready to go. March and his pro career are what matters. They won't rush him. So when he's ready, he'll play. Maui and Michigan State are nice games but no one will remember what happens in Maui if he's out in March.

Nick (Oregon)

What's the forecast look like for my Ducks this year? I'm not a huge college guy, but I follow my quack attack.. They looking at bottom feeder status in the pac-10?

Andy Katz
  (11:12 AM)

Good year to be retooling in the Pac-10. I'm predicting the Ducks finish in the bottom five.

Jeff (Chicago)

Andy, I've seen a couple of ex. games so far and I don't like the 2 three-point lines so close together on some courts. Don't you think that will make for some confusion at one point this year?

Andy Katz
  (11:13 AM)

Absurd. The women should have pushed theirs back or put one thick line across the top.

Mike (Ohio)

Looks like the Vols lost a guard to academics. What kind of season do you see for them?

Andy Katz
  (11:14 AM)

Thin at the point without Daniel West and J.P. Prince (at least for a month). Bobby Maze better be talented enough or the Vols won't win the SEC.

Brian Storrs, CT

Over/Under on the Huskies getting 30 wins this season?

Andy Katz
  (11:14 AM)

Overall? Possibly. Regular season? No shot. Big East is too tough.

Danny (Yonkers, NY)

Can you see 3 Big East teams making the Final 4 just like in 1985?

Andy Katz
  (11:15 AM)

Yes. I'm projecting at least two.

Jon (VA)

expectations for liberty and curry this year?

Andy Katz
  (11:15 AM)

Maybe too much is being put on Seth Curry. He needs to form his own identity first before being compared to his brother.

Trey (Boise)

Where does Washington State rank on your list of sleeper teams? I like that they're back under the radar and the hunter not the hunted

Andy Katz
  (11:16 AM)

They are on the list, but Klay Thompson needs to be a bit more productive than he was in an exhibition game last night and Daven Harmeling has to find his shot again. He lost it last year.

David (Washington, DC)

Andy, can you ask your peers to not tell me the Big Ten is down this year? I hate being a Michigan State alum and hearing how bad the conference is when they all inevitably stink up the joint against the ACC when MSU actually does well.

Andy Katz
  (11:18 AM)

I'll try. Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota all have a shot at the NCAAs. There could be others. Only Indiana will be down.

Mike (Ohio)

Gonzaga or St. Mary's: Which team goes further?

Andy Katz
  (11:18 AM)

Zags. But it all depends on seeds and matchups.

Dave

Andy... I was reading an article yester on the web (can remember the site) and it was talking about all the good games this week and that the season doesnt start when Kentucky/UNC play. What are some good games to watch for this week? I saw a lot of good mid-major, bracketbuster type games, one featuring Siena

Andy Katz
  (11:19 AM)

Look out for Northeastern vs. Michigan; UMass vs. Southern Illinois and UCLA vs. Miami of Ohio.

Mike (Happy Valley)

Are you saying Penn State actually has a shot at the tournament?

Andy Katz
  (11:19 AM)

No. I didn't say that.

Mark (Bham, AL)

Can UAB beat out Memphis this year and win C-USA? Lots of talent coming back.

Andy Katz
  (11:19 AM)

UAB would have to find someone to rebound and score in the post.

PJ (ATL)

Who might be some of the ACC darkhorses that will be competing for bubble spots? Thanks.

Andy Katz
  (11:20 AM)

Ga Tech, Fla State, Clemson, Va Tech, BC, Maryland.

Mike (Marlton, NJ)

What are the chances that Keon Lawrence is cleared to play during the second semester? And if he is, where does that leave Seton Hall? They already look much deeper than last year, especially with their big men. Brandon Walters looked like a completely different guy in their exhibition game (granted it was against Molloy College).

Andy Katz
  (11:20 AM)

I'll be surprised based on the NCAA knocking down Herb Pope. They are all over the map on approving these things.

Angelo (Cleveland)

Where do the Buckeyes finish in the big ten

Andy Katz
  (11:21 AM)

I'll say fourth.

Matt (Cincinnati,Ohio

Hi, Andy I was wondering how good do you think Xavier will be this year. Do you think they will have a deep run in the tournament if Crawford is eligible to play.

Andy Katz
  (11:22 AM)

I don't see how Jordan Crawford has a case to be eligible. Xavier should win the A-10 by a game or two.

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Will SIU compete for another Valley title? Who's their competition this year for the crown?

Andy Katz
  (11:23 AM)

Creighton. No question. Creighton.

Brian (MA)

Andy, speaking of UMass Vs. SIU, who do you have in that game? Is either a tourney team?

Andy Katz
  (11:23 AM)

Yes. Both could be but getting to New York would certainly help their respective power ratings.

Joe (Arlington, VA)

Any thoughts on the (probably useless) preseason rankings?

Andy Katz
  (11:23 AM)

You answered your own question. The rankings are there for a guide early in the season. That's it.

John Boy (Kentucky)

So if not Tennessee, who wins the SEC this year? I bet i can guess knowing your lean....

Andy Katz
  (11:24 AM)

Kentucky or Florida on the SEC East. Kentucky has the best inside player in Patrick Patterson. LSU or Alabama in the SEC West.

Mike (Ohio)

What kind of year do you see for Johnny Dawkins at Stanford? Jay Bilas said that Johnny's still the best guard on that team.

Andy Katz
  (11:25 AM)

He's probably right. Johnny is in tremendous shape. He looks like he could still play in the league. Someone has to score and defend in the post. The guard play is decent, but it was enhanced last season by the presence of the Lopez twins. Stanford is likely headed toward an NIT type season in the bottom five of the Pac-10.

Tony (Paducah, KY)

The general media seems to have written Kentucky off with 3 of their experienced players graduating or transferring. What we see here is Jodie Meeks and Patterson are back and we have a much deeper, more athletic team where several are capable of stepping up big on any night. How dangerous do you think they'll be come March?

Andy Katz
  (11:26 AM)

Not sure who is in the general media. But Kentucky was a fringe top 25 team for me but one that I firmly believe will be in the NCAAs and compete for the SEC East title.

Steiny (NYC)

Do you think Penn is automatically going to NCAA Tournament?

Andy Katz
  (11:26 AM)

No. Not at all. Cornell.

Louis, Atlanta, GA

Can you see Jamie Dixon finishing his career at Pitt, like Jim Calhoun at UConn or Jim Boeheim at Syracuse?

Andy Katz
  (11:26 AM)

He's very happy there. But I'll reserve judgment to see if Arizona makes a huge play for him.

David (Houston, TX)

Will Houston, UAB or anyone in Conference USA be able to challenge Memphis?

Andy Katz
  (11:27 AM)

Houston must have a way to go after losing to Georgia Southern Monday night. UAB and UTEP might be better suited to challenge Memphis.

Nathan (Chapel Hill, NC)

Andy, neutral site games are popular for RPI and seeding and all that but wouldn't you rather see these games on college campuses? I am really disappointed they are playing a game in Detroit when Sparty should be coming down here.

Andy Katz
  (11:28 AM)

It's essentially a Final Four test site. So I don't have an issue with the location.

Bob (DC)

Why no Hoyas in your top 25?

Andy Katz
  (11:29 AM)

Just waiting for a bit to ensure everything clicks. They lost a lot.

Jay (Middletown, CT)

Andy, is Nate Miles trying to get back to UCONN at some point this season and do you think he will be able to?

Andy Katz
  (11:29 AM)

Not that I'm aware of. He's at the College of Southern Idaho. The plan is for him to play there this season. I don't think he can enroll at a JC and then join the team midseason. I'm almost postiive that's not the case.

michael (LA)

do you see gordon or bobo taking aboya/keefe's starting spot as the season progress?

Andy Katz
  (11:31 AM)

nope. Aboya and Keefe have too much experience and Drew Gordon and J'Mison Morgan aren't that superior.

Jim (East L)

Durrel Summers has scored 49 points in 35 minutes so far in exibition play. With continued improvement from Lucas, Morgan, and Sutton plus freshman Delvin Roe who should get stronger as the year goes on, how dangerous is MSU?

Andy Katz
  (11:31 AM)

I have them as a potential title team.

Louis, Atlanta, GA

Arizona making a play for Jamie Dixon? When? Like next year, or within the next 5 years??

Andy Katz
  (11:31 AM)

Well, there is an opening now. So Arizona has to hire a coach at the end of this season.

Ken

What does Jai Lucas transfer mean for the Gators? Why did he transfer? It seems a lot of people transfer out under Billy D, is it something to do with his style?

Andy Katz
  (11:33 AM)

I wouldn't sweat it. I thought he was overhyped only because he was one of the last players left for Kentucky and Florida to fight over after the 2007 Gator title. It's probably more his loss than Florida's at this point.

Louis, Atlanta, GA

If Pitt would have hired a Pittsburgh guy like John Calipari....who really wanted the job....they wouldn't have this issue....and they might have won a National Championship by now.....argggghhhh!

Andy Katz
  (11:37 AM)

That's absurd. First off I said Jamie was very happy in Pittsburgh and he turned down the chance to go to ASU a few years ago when the Sun Devils hired Herb Sendek. Dixon has done exceptionally well at Pitt. You're dreaming if you think they needed to hire Calipari to win a national title. Does he have one yet?

Mike (Marlton, NJ)

Do you see Memphis rolling through the Puerto Rico Tipoff, or being upset? They have a strong field this year with potential games against USC and Xavier. I'd love to include The Hall as a potential upset team, but I'd be thrilled with the Pirates just finding a way past USC.

Andy Katz
  (11:37 AM)

No shot they'll roll. USC could easily beat the Tigers in the semifinal.

Brett Knoxville

I dont understand your comments about Tennessee. They could lose three players this year and still content for the SEC championship. and probably the national! Their loaded!

Andy Katz
  (11:38 AM)

Well, that's fine. We can disagree. The point guard was an issue last season and it could be again if they're down to just Maze.

Brian (Maryland)

How does Gottlieb not have Pitt in his top 25? That's absurd.

Andy Katz
  (11:39 AM)

call into his show the Pulse and quiz him.

mark (chattanooga, TN)

Kentucky has best inside player? Ever heard of Tyler Smith?

Andy Katz
  (11:40 AM)

Yes I have and I would rather see Patterson with his back to the basket than Smith. He's bigger, stronger and more of a presence.

chris (Bmore)

Is Arizona gonna make a push for Mark Few?

Andy Katz
  (11:40 AM)

I fully expect them to but I'm not sure he would go.

Tim (Boise)

Andy, how many more years does Jim Calhoun coach and when he retires, will they fill the spot from in house or go National and get a top name guy?

Andy Katz
  (11:42 AM)

He seemed extremely hungry about continuing with his job when I saw him recently. So I think it's premature to predict that he's out the door. But when he leaves Connecticut should take the cue of Syracuse and not Arizona and make sure they feel comfortable with the next choice and not have a complete mess on their hand. The UConn job is not a natural recruiting hotbed. It won't be easy for the next guy at all.

Andy (Guam)

What kind of season will Air Force have? Do you ever see them returning to the form they had a few years ago, when they made it to 11 in the country?

Andy Katz
  (11:43 AM)

It's going to be tough. Opponents have started to figure out the Falcons. And BYU and UNLV have it rolling right now in the MWC with New Mexico likely on its heels.

Grant( Dallas, TX)

Lets get some Big 12 talk going....am I the only one who thinks AJ Abrams is the most overrated player going into the season? I mean half the reason he looked so good is that DJ Augustin gave him wide open looks all the time. He will fail at the PG position if they try him there.

Andy Katz
  (11:43 AM)

Well, we'll see because that's where he's playing.

Andy Katz
  (11:43 AM)

Thanks for the questions. Plenty fo good ones. Talk likely next week.