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January 20, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andy Katz

Andy Katz
  (2:02 PM)

here to chat for a few.

Michael (Provo)

Andy, are you or any of your ESPN CBB pals coming out to Provo next Wednesday for the BYU - SDSU showdown? Thoughts on the matchup?

Andy Katz
  (2:02 PM)

ESPN.com's Diamond Leung is the lucky one. He will be there for us. It is one of the games of the year. I like BYU at home, but barely.

Brad (Gadsden,Alabama)

Andy , Will Alabama at least go to the NIT?

Andy Katz
  (2:04 PM)

At this point I would say yes. But the SEC tournament appears to be wide open so don't sell yourself too short.

Kyle (Columbus, OH)

What's your take on the Big Ten as of today? A little disappointing given MSU and Purdue's recent struggles and OSU might not be as tough as everyone though. Do you think anyone from the Big Ten has a real change to reach the Final Four?

Andy Katz
  (2:04 PM)

I have no issue with Purdue. The Boilermakers have done wonderful without Robbie Hummel. I wouldn't sweat any of their losses. Michigan State is a disapointment. No other way to color it.

Jim (Seattle)

Hi Andy, I think the clinic that KU did against Baylor was nearly flawless. Is that the best way to handle a zone? Once KU shows it can play against it again, will they be even more of a complete team? Thanks!

Andy Katz
  (2:07 PM)

That's why I moved Kansas ahead of Ohio State in my power rankings.

Ryan (Spokane )

Jan 27th is the big matchup in the WCC Gonzaga vs St marys in spokane! Who do you think will come up on top? Gonzaga being the juggernaut of the WCC and St marys the rising power house. I hope the zags can contain the Gaels guards and win with our bigs! Thanks for your time

Andy Katz
  (2:09 PM)

Two great games out West back-to-back nights -- SDSU at BYU Thursday and Saint Mary's-Gonzaga. Zags in Spokane, Gaels in Moraga. See the same results in BYU-SDSU.

Bob (Boston)

If Boston College goes 500 over the next four games will they be dancing in March?

Andy Katz
  (2:11 PM)

It all depends on who they beat. So far BC has the win at Maryland. Beating Duke would go a long way toward a bid. BC will be in a group with Florida State, North Carolina and possibly Maryland trying to get a bid.

Scott (Appleton, WI)

Has there ever been a bigger game in Provo, UT than next week's SDSU/BYU tilt? Who do you see winning?

Andy Katz
  (2:12 PM)

In terms of rankings? Probably not. But I've seen "bigger" games in the '90s with BYU-Utah games during the Majerus-Reid era.

Bryan (VA) [via mobile]

Assuming Old Dominion wins the CAA tournament, can anyone else in the conference get an at-large bid?

Andy Katz
  (2:20 PM)

No.Drexel had the win at Louisville and then collapsed.

Matt (Cincinnati)

Hi Andy, what do you think about Xavier this year? I know they are struggling especially with injuries and what not. However, they have looked strong in conference play. Do you think if they can go undefeated or with one loss Xavier will make the tournament?

Andy Katz
  (2:21 PM)

Impressive job by Chris Mack to get this team to the top of the A-10 with a serious of injuries. This is easily his best coaching job.

Joel (Kansas)

Does Bill Self have a problem with too much depth? And how on earth can Selby be considered a one-and-done? He's decent but ...

Andy Katz
  (2:21 PM)

Selby shouldn't be but that doesn't mean someone isn't in his ear telling him he can be first round. That's all it take sometimes. There is a difference between being draft ready and being ready to play in the NBA. He may be the former, he's not the latter.

Chase (Provo)

I will be at the epic matchup between san diego state and byu this coming wednesday here in provo.....the loser of this game will they more than likely fall out of the top 10 and will the winner possibly move up to the top 3?

Andy Katz
  (2:22 PM)

Possibly. If SDSU loses to BYU on the road then it shouldn't drop more than a spot or two -- max. That's a tough, tough road game. If BYU beats SDUS then it should move way up. The league these two are in should have no bearing on moving up in the rankings.

justin (Hattiesburg,Ms "THE YURT")

What do you think about Dana Oneil's nickname that us Southern Miss fans have adopted from her for our arena. THE YURT!!. And who do you see making it to the Ncaa tourney out of cusa?

Andy Katz
  (2:25 PM)

Like it. All for it.One bid, maybe two depending on separation in the next month.But don't sleep on Marshall winning the CUSA tournament.

Matt O (Kentucky)

and the best team in the country today is.....

Andy Katz
  (2:25 PM)

Kansas by a nose over Ohio State and Pitt. I may change my opinion in a few days.

Eric (Denver, CO)

I know you're a big believer in Gary Williams. Nobody in college bball does more with less. Exactly how much work does he have left to make this year's squad NCAA Tournament-quality?

Andy Katz
  (2:27 PM)

He has to win some key games like tonight against Virginia Tech. Pretty simple formula. WinWinWin(especially against Duke at home on Feb. 2)

Ezra (Tucson)

Andy, I first want to thank you for writing about how Arizona's basketball team can help cheer up the city of Tucson. My question for you is, How long do you think it will be before Arizona is a consistent power in college basketball again (if ever)?

Andy Katz
  (2:30 PM)

Thanks. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Tucson affected by this heinous, cowardice act by an evil mind.Tough transition here.But on the court, Arizona has a monster game tonight against Washington. If Arizona splits this trip and sweeps the Washington schools at home then I could definitely see Arizona in the NCAAs.

Chris Singleton (Study Hall)

That Jimmer kid out at BYU is crazy hot right now. But our defense is the truth. Could FSU hold him under 20?

Andy Katz
  (2:33 PM)

It is but FSU still let other teams score so it's not like the Seminoles have locked every team down.

Chris (Abilene, TX)

Is A&M really that bad, or was it just not their night?

Andy Katz
  (2:33 PM)

That was one bad night on the road. I can see Aggies winning in College Station.

Chris (Abilene, TX)

How sick was Jordan Hamilton last night? He shot 71% and was closely guarded on most of his shots.

Andy Katz
  (2:33 PM)

He finally gets how to play.

J.B. (PA)

I know it may not look like it based upon the record but Penn State has played some solid basketball this season. Can this program ever become consistently solid or will it always be one that has its moments but is generally mediocre?

Andy Katz
  (2:34 PM)

Impressive in-season turnaround considering the Nittany Lions lost at home to Maine (America East leader). Still, Penn State will be a pest in Big Ten tourney.

Clint (Knox,TN)

With Bruce Pearl back on the bench this weekend, do you think Tennessees guard play can limit Kemba Walker and pull out the Win?

Andy Katz
  (2:35 PM)

It's up to Melvin Goins to start but Pearl said he'll need help.

Jon (Houston)

You saw Duke live on the road last night. I don't know what to make of this team. I almost feel like I shouldn't start judging them for another 3 weeks or so since they started over when Irving went down. Thoughts?

Andy Katz
  (2:36 PM)

Wait another few weeks. Duke is a contender for Houston and is rightly ranked. The Blue Devils still have two of the best players at their respective positions in Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and solid role players at every other spot, the best coach in the country right now in K and a winning attitude that is hard to beat home or road.

Andy Katz
  (2:36 PM)

Thanks for the questions.Chat next week.