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December 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andy Katz

Andy Katz
  (4:02 PM)

Here to chat for a little bit.

bob (cincinnati)

The A-10 seems weaker this year than in years past. Is that true?

Andy Katz
  (4:03 PM)

Richmond.Temple.Xavier.All three can beat and compete with anyone.After that it's not as deep this season.

Dylan (Boston)

Should BC be taken seriously after a big win @ Maryland? Theyve played a tough schedule and are 8-2.

Andy Katz
  (4:04 PM)

The road win at Maryland is significant. The ACC is down and if the Eagles can hold serve at home and pick up three more ACC road wins they will be right there to get a bid. But the Eagles still have road games at URI and South Carolina that could be telling.

B (Louisville)

What's your opinion on Louisville?

Andy Katz
  (4:08 PM)

I'm impressed so far with the way they're a scrappy bunch. The Cardinals also can be a streaky shooting team but when they make 3s in bunches at home it's tough to play catchup. Now let's see how the Cards handle the road. How Louisville plays at Western Kentucky on Dec. 22 will be an interesting barometer.

Scott (Madison)

As a Big Ten guy, what are you thoughts of the Big Ten logo and division names?

Andy Katz
  (4:09 PM)

No issues with the logo.Don't like the division names. Glad it's not that way for hoops.

Tim (Toledo)

how many years do you give Sullinger? Is it one and done?

Andy Katz
  (4:09 PM)

Yes.

Jason (Bmore)

How overrated was Pitt? Honestly as a fan, every year they are tough, but it's the lack of one star player that always crushes them.

Andy Katz
  (4:10 PM)

It's hard to say they were over-rated. Very few teams had as much returning as the Panthers.

Jim (Manhattan, KS)

Who's your pick to win the Big 12?

Andy Katz
  (4:10 PM)

I had Kansas State. I'm now leaning toward Kansas.

Mike (Worcester)

Andy, Virginia Tech overrated? Yes or No

Andy Katz
  (4:10 PM)

In the preseason yes.

victor (monroe)

give me your predictions on the sec west this year?

Andy Katz
  (4:11 PM)

Miss StateOle MissAnd then it doesn't really matter.

Brandon (Utah)

Who do you like to win the MWC? SDSU, BYU or UNLV?

Andy Katz
  (4:13 PM)

SDSU

becs (kansas)

If you were a coach which freshmen would you rather have Kyrie Irving Josh Selby Terrence Jones Brandon Knight Jared Sullinger

Andy Katz
  (4:14 PM)

Kyrie Irving. I'd like a game-changing point guard and then a scorer in the post.

blake (hattiesburg, ms)

with a 7-1 record and a good road win at Cal Do you see Southern Miss getting a ncaa bid and just your personal thoughts on the golden eagles. thanks

Andy Katz
  (4:15 PM)

Southern Miss is playing well. But the Eagles need to beat Memphis.

Pete (Spokane)

At this point in the season, is Wazzu looking like a tournament team?

Andy Katz
  (4:17 PM)

At home yes.Wazzu needs to win some road games in the Pac-10, especially against teams in the top four in the league.

Coby (Provo, UT)

Andy, why do people keep saying BYU isn't as good as they were last year?P.s. What did you think of the Jimmer vs. Williams showdown... ? Jimmer won the battle and the war?

Andy Katz
  (4:18 PM)

It was a fair preseason point but the loss of Jonathan Tavernari should have mattered. So far it hasn't. That's good for the Cougars.

Zane (Kentucky)

Andy, How do you feel about Enes Kanters chances playing @ UK?

Andy Katz
  (4:18 PM)

Based on the way these things have been ruled on I'd say it's unlikely but I've been surprised before.

Cas (Orlando)

As a UT fan, I like the feel of this team much more than last year's team (even though they were an elite 8 team). And to me, the difference starts at Melvin Goins at PG. Am I wrong in thinking his defensive intensity has brought team-wide implications?

Andy Katz
  (4:21 PM)

I agree. There are no on-court distractions like last season (suspensions and arrests). This seems to be much more of a selfless team. UT should have a great March if this keeps up.

Genevie (Memphis)

You have moved Baylor from #4 preseason to #19. You mentioned that you may have been too high on Perry Jones, but PJIII has looked good this year... Why the huge drop after a 6-0 start?

Andy Katz
  (4:22 PM)

I'll reserve judgment until Baylor plays away from Waco. That will happen in Dallas against Gonzaga and then in Hawaii next week.

mike (madison)

andy, do you think jordan taylor will get the credit he deserves as an outstanding pg? he is overshadowed on his own team and in the conference, but he has to be in top 3, right?

Andy Katz
  (4:23 PM)

He is playing well. He's making the shots he should make. Bo Ryan has always been big on that, ensuring players take the shots they should and are capable of making.

Tanner (Springfield, MO)

Being a K-State fan, there has been a lot of talk about K-State being severly overrated this season. I noticed earlier you've changed your Big 12 pick to Kansas. If, and if being the key word, they play to their potential, do you feel K-State still has a chance at a Final Four?

Andy Katz
  (4:27 PM)

Yes. That's just a judgment call and a projection once Selby is eligible. But the race is between those two teams. Missouri and Texas maybe a game out.

Bill (Baltimore )

Hey Andy do you think Maryland is a tourny team?

Andy Katz
  (4:30 PM)

I do.But the Terps will have to clean up a bit in the ACC and gain quality wins near the top.

Sean (Nashville, TN)

What do you think about 5 writers putting Pittsburgh ahead of Tennessee in their latest ballots. Can you fathom any reason for this?

Andy Katz
  (4:32 PM)

No if it was done with full knowledge of Pitt losing to Tennessee.

Alex (Chicago)

How surprised are you by Iowa State's start? Everyone had them picked to be last in the Big XII.

Andy Katz
  (4:33 PM)

More surprised by the numbers from Scott Christopherson.

Turgeon ((College Station))

What are your thoughts about my team? We are not getting much love from media outlets.

Andy Katz
  (4:33 PM)

Washington win was HUGE. Great composure down the stretch. Classic Aggies. Will be there at the end and in the NCAAs.

Mark (CA)

Any more word on possible WCC-A10 challenge for the future?

Andy Katz
  (4:33 PM)

Scheduling difficulties.

Randy (Cleveland, OH)

What do you think about Cleveland State this year?

Andy Katz
  (4:34 PM)

Off to a great start. But game agaisnt West Virginia will tell us more. Still, Vikings look like toughest challenge for Butler in Horizon.

Randy (Marietta)

Can ESPN get North Carolina, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky together for a couple of games each year. In year 1 have UNC/UL and Duke/Kentucky and Year 2 UNC/Kentucky and Duke/UL. Have the games in Indy and Charlotte. This would be great for the V Foundation.

Andy Katz
  (4:34 PM)

The three year deal with Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Duke was hard enough to pull off. That should suffice for awhile.

Jim (Dub-V)

Andy, WVU is obviosuly missing leadership from last year. We have 12 role players, most of them very good and talented, but no leadership. Is that going to cost them a run in the dance? Why wouldnt Mazzula start since we cant find a floor leader? ....

Andy Katz
  (4:35 PM)

Darryl Bryant and Joe Mazzulla should be leading this team. If they're not then there are issues.

craig p (louisville)

based on the evidence so far, who do you have winning the rivalry of Louisville vs Kentucky this new years eve?

Andy Katz
  (4:36 PM)

If the game were in Kentucky I wouldn't hesitate. The game is in Louisville and the Cards have been something so far in the Yum Center. Kentucky has more talent. Let's see if the building is the difference. There's your non-prediction answer.

Scott (CT)

UCONN ranked 4th... a little to lofty in my opinion. Where do they end up in the big east this year?

Andy Katz
  (4:38 PM)

Yes. But I can see how and why based on who the Huskies beat and where. I think they'll end up in the top five in the Big East.

Tim (Philadelphia)

Will Temple have the chance to be in the Top 25 again? If so, then when? I thought the Georgetown win would have helped them a lot.

Andy Katz
  (4:42 PM)

Yes. But I would be more concerned about winning key games than the rankings.

James (Utah)

BYU took care of AZ's Williams, any reason they can't take care of SDSU's Leonard? Why SDSU over BYU? I think they're good, but I want your reasoning.

Andy Katz
  (4:43 PM)

So far SDSU has won more road/neutral games. And I like SDSU's inside game better. Just a hunch.

Hoke (Durham)

Kyrie Irving Update? Tell me about the most important toe for Duke basketball!

Andy Katz
  (4:44 PM)

Can't give you more than you already know. It's in a boot and the hope is to avoid surgery.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will there be a NCAA Men's College Basketball Christmas tournament this season?

Andy Katz
  (4:44 PM)

Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Very good. Butler, Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi State and Washington State headline the event.

Tony (San Diego)

If things continue to go well for SDSU this year, how dangerous can this team be in the NCAA tournament?

Andy Katz
  (4:44 PM)

Elite Eight?

Todd (Columbus, OH)

How do you think a lockout will affect recruits and current freshman? Could UK see a monster class?

Andy Katz
  (4:46 PM)

It won't affect recruiting, but it could push marginal first-round players from declaring. The elite lottery picks will likely still declare since they can get paid (by the agent) during the lockout. Thanks for the questions. Andy