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March 16, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan
  (1:59 PM)

OK everybody, thanks for joining me for a little NCAA Tourney talk. I'm headed to New Orleans tomorrow where No. 3 Baylor and No. 8 Texas will get going. I like Baylor's draw. Texas' not so much. So get your questions in now about those teams, Texas A&M and anyone else. This should be fun.

Bart Speed (Mesquite)

Who did Kansas and Kentucky lose to this year?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:00 PM)

Bart, with the internet, this information is at your fingertips, but, hey allow me to help you out.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:01 PM)

Kansas lost at Tennessee and at Oklahoma State. The Tennessee game was interesting because the Vols were playing with like half a team because of some suspensions. But, if you're looking for a sleeper, Tennessee, at a sixth seed, is a good choice. The Vols also took down Kentucky. The Wildcats lost their first game after starting the season on a 21-game win streak at South Carolina.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:01 PM)

Kansas lost at Tennessee and at Oklahoma State. The Tennessee game was interesting because the Vols were playing with like half a team because of some suspensions. But, if you're looking for a sleeper, Tennessee, at a sixth seed, is a good choice. The Vols also took down Kentucky. The Wildcats lost their first game after starting the season on a 21-game win streak at South Carolina.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:02 PM)

Kentucky with awesome rookie John Wall usually finds ways to pull out close games. They've defeated Stanford in overtime and twice beat Mississippi State in overtime with the last one coming the other day in the SEC tourney final.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:03 PM)

One other note on Kentucky, and this is for you Baylor fans, but Sam Houston State, Baylor's first round opponent on Thursday, when to Rupp Arena and scored 92 on the Wildcats, losing by just 10. So the Bearkats can play and they like to run, so that opener should be a lot of fun. The Bears ought to take it, but everyone knows anything can happen in the tourney.

Zach Moseley (Lubbock, TX)

How many Big 12 teams will make the final four? I have Kansas, Kansas State, and Baylor

Jeff Caplan
  (2:04 PM)

So Zach, let me get this straight, you have Kansas, Kansas State and Baylor making the final four? Wow, that's a lot of faith in the league. I like Kansas. Size, speed, strength, guard play, post play, defense, they've got the whole package.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:05 PM)

Now, let's look at Baylor because I do like their draw. You'd expect them to take care of business against the Bearkats and then I'm going to assume that they'll play Notre Dame in the second round.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:06 PM)

I asked Baylor coach Scott Drew the other day if it's easier for an up-tempo team like his to go play a plodding team like Notre Dame or easier for a plodding team to take down an up-tempo one. Me, I think speed always wins.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:07 PM)

But, Drew correctly noted that the beauty of the Bears team is that it can now play both styles, something it couldn't say until the arrival of 6-10 power forward Ekpe Udoh. Notre Dame on the other hand is going to have a heck of a time matching up with Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn, not to mention the serious hops of Quincy Acy off the bench.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:08 PM)

So, that puts Baylor in the Sweet 16 and, let's just assume the top seeds win, against Villanova. So now you've got to beat the Wildcats and then likely Duke. I don't see the Baylor getting out of Houston.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:10 PM)

Now, how about this scenario: A&M emerges from Spokane, Wash., joining Baylor in Houston. Baylor beats Villanova and A

Mean Green shocker (Denton)

Okay, maybe we don't have a chance, but tell me we can keep it close if K-State overlook us.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:11 PM)

Dear Mean Green,Ok, I'll tell you that UNT has a chance if K-State overlooks you. The problem with that theory is have you seen K-State coach Frank Martin?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:11 PM)

Does he look like a guy that's going to allow his team to be overlooked? Uh, no.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:11 PM)

Does he look like a guy that's going to allow his team to be overlooked? Uh, no.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:12 PM)

I'm a fan of the Mean Green. I got my start covering UNT back in the mid-90s when Vic Trilli was supposed to put basketball back on the map. About the only thing Trilli accomplished was getting those hideous orange seats (rejects from the Erwin Center at UT) and getting green ones put in.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:13 PM)

But, K-State is good and they have a chip on their shoulder. They want to be known as a powerhouse and with their instate rivals always overshadowing them, including this year three times, the Wildcats are in this thing to make a lengthy run and I just don't see the Mean Green being able to slow down K-State's high-scoring guards.

Terry (Fort Worth)

Jeff, I think UT can get back to the wayit was early in the season and do some damage. What do you think?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:16 PM)

Terry,I've given up on thinking the Horns can just turn it on and get back to playing the way they did earlier in the season. I keep going back to how great they looked against Michigan State and thinking this was a sure-fire Final Four team. But, there's too much water under the bridge. The three freshman, other than Avery Bradley, have not come through and they have to or else Texas has too much trouble scoring. I would like to see the ball in Damion James' hands more. He's the man, he's the leader so they need to let him go to work and try to get them past Wake Forest. Still, I don't see it.

Kyle S. (College Station)

If my Aggies can get to the sweet 16, what do they have to do to beat duke?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:20 PM)

Get lucky? Just kidding. Duke is tough. Tougher than I think they were earlier this season even though they got off to like a 13-1 start with solid wins. But, they've got three guys you've got to stop and that's a tall order for anyone. Jon Scheyer averages 18.9 ppg; Nolan Smith averages 17.6 and Kyle Singler, a nightmare matchup at 6-8, averages 17.2. That's a lot of scoring, scoring the Aggies just can't match, so it comes down to defense, defense, defense. The Aggies will have point guard Dash Harris back so that helps and it helps that A&M is a hard-working group that will fight tooth-and-nail. I just don't think they have enough to get the job done against such a well-rounded team. If A

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

gotta get past USU!! not gonna happen! KYLE!

Jeff Caplan
  (2:22 PM)

All right, an Aggie in the house, and I'm talking Utah State. Hey Aggies, and I mean you from A&M, pay attention here, Utah State is no slouch, we're talking perennial dancers. Larry Eustachy used to coach these guys and they continue to dominate the Big West (they're still in the Big West, right?). Hey, whichever Aggies get to the second round, I think either can get to the Sweet 16.

Jerel (Gary, IN)

Why isn't Nova getting any love this year. They are basically the same team as last year and I think they can beat Kentucky, because experience wins tourney games.

Jeff Caplan
  (2:24 PM)

'Nova has had some troubles and I think in a top-heavy Big East and especially you start talking about the arrival of programs like West Virginia, I think 'Nova, a darling in past seasons, is taking a bit of a back seat. I certainly expect them to be in Houston for the Sweet 16 and what would be a great matchup against Baylor, talk about an entertaining matchup, that would be one.

Alex (Eau Claire, WI)

Do you think Wisconsin can give Kentucky a run for their money and possibly upset them?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:26 PM)

Alex, I do. Yes, John Wall is a great player and Kentucky has had a remarkable season. But Wisconsin, year in and year out is one of the best coached teams in the country. They might play games in the 40s, but they play the game the right way and I think they could frustrate the beejessus out of Kentucky. Having said that the Wildcats will win by 40 if they play, but seriously, Wisconsin doesn't get a lot of pub, they don't play exactly the most exciting style of ball, but they will be prepared.

Anthony Kahn (Dallas)

How far do you have the Jayhawks of Kansas going? Do you think they will win it all?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:27 PM)

Final Four. And then Disney World.

Chris (Dallas)

In your opinion, does SHSU have a chance versus Baylor? The Bearkats did put up 92 on Kentucky...and set a record for three-pointers and Rupp. Would it take a performance like that to move on?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:29 PM)

Chris, I do. I think Baylor wins the game, but SHSU will score points and this could be one of the more entertaining first round games in any region. I'm thinking scores in the 90s. You're right about the performance at Rupp, and yeah, it would take a phenomenal performance, that's how upsets happen. SHSU hits 12 of 20 3s and that can be hard to stop. Bottom line is if this was Baylor of two years ago, I'd give the Kats a better chance, but these Bears are too tough inside, they rebound well and play good defense. Huge difference.

Brandon (Chicago)

Wouldn't it be cool if the NIT winner played the NCAA winner to see which team would win that match up since both teams would be ending their season on a multiple game winning streak?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:29 PM)

Not really. If Texas Tech wins the NIT, do you want to see them play Kansas? No thanks.

Jessica Acker (St. Louis, MO)

Jeff, aren't your legs sore from running through my dreams all night long?

Jeff Caplan
  (2:30 PM)

Jessica, hit me up on Twitter..just kidding.OK everyone, thanks for your questions. Should be a great ride. Enjoy it. Remember to check in at espndallas.com frequently. I'm in New Orleans for Baylor and Texas.Thanks.