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January 11, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andy Katz

Andy Katz
  (2:00 PM)

Here to chat on a weekly basis on Fridays.Good afternoon.Tune in on Tuesday's on ESPNU at 1 p.m. for the Experts and 4:30 p.m. for Katz Korner.Today at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU it's First Take with me and Seth Greenberg and Cari Champion for picks. It will reair Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Justin (Fargo)

Afternoon Andy, Wanted to get your take on the Summit League North Dakota State? Will they win the league and whats the best seed they can achieve?

Andy Katz
  (2:01 PM)

The Bison have been playing very well as you know being from Fargo. Saul Phillips has done a phenomenal job rebuilding after the first NCAA berth. The Bison and the Jackrabbits will likely decide the AQ

Adam J (MD)

Andy, I was wondering why the Big Priest (Or the Catholic 7) would have to pay an exit fee to leave the league. If theyend up with the name of the league, wouldn't that eliminate them from "leaving" the league? If anything, they could say since we own the name of the league, we are just going to kick all the football schools out and revamp and rebrand ourselves. What say you?

Andy Katz
  (2:03 PM)

There are a number of legal issues that they are still working through at this point. I think if they are trying to rebrand themselves then they should forget the Big East name. They are no longer the Big East. You can't be the Big East without Syracuse and UConn as anchor members.

Terri (Tulare CA)

Hello from Tulare. Two questions. Do you miss Fresno? How do you think Fresno's Dimond Dogs will do this year, think they will be Underdogs to WonderDogs again?

Andy Katz
  (2:04 PM)

Thanks for the question. I do miss California at times. The Bulldogs are now in one of the toughest leagues in the country. But there is room to move. I do think Rodney Terry will have the Bulldogs in the postseason sooner than later.

RAY GORDON REID (JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA 32277)

QUESTION TO ANDY KATZ AT 2.15 WILL DUKE STAY UNDEFEATED

Andy Katz
  (2:05 PM)

No. I think Duke loses Saturday at NC State. But no team will go undefeated this season.

John (Wichita)

Hello Andy,What are your thoghts on Gregg Marshall as the COY? Given the number of guys he lost last year and the adversity (injuries) he has had to deal with this year, I think he deserves consideration.

Andy Katz
  (2:08 PM)

I agree. He won't win the national award, but should right now win the midseason honor in the Valley.

Alex (Anaheim)

What is wrong with Cal? Aside from the game I attended at USC, their offense has been stagnant.

Andy Katz
  (2:09 PM)

I can't answer this one. I don't understand it either. It has been a disappointing year for the Bears.

Robby (Cincinnati)

Hey the cincionnati bearcats have stuggled lately, do you think they can turns things around and still make a deep run in the tournament? If so what do you believe will change and how far do you believe they will make it?

Andy Katz
  (2:13 PM)

I think they'll be fine. I picked the Bearcats to beat Rutgers tomorrow. The offense has struggled lately but they have the personnel to shake it.

Nate (Boston)

Hi Andy is Northeastern the favorite now in the CAA? they have a nice win over Belmont and won at GMU and at Drexel your thoughts

Andy Katz
  (2:14 PM)

We can't dismiss Towson now, either. The two teams play so we'll have a determination on a possible favorite. I'm also convinced Mason will be in the chase for the long haul. Delaware is playing better as well. This should be a wide-open race.

Ned (DC)

Hi Andy, should Missouri be on upset alert Saturday at Ole Miss?

Andy Katz
  (2:15 PM)

Yes. I picked Ole Miss. The Rebels are stronger inside, especially with the Tigers missing Laurence Bowers. Ole Miss needs to win this game to take the Rebels more seriously.

Ned (DC)

Hi Andy, do you see Maryland as a tournament team?

Andy Katz
  (2:16 PM)

Prior to the Florida State game I would have said definitely yes. Now I'm not 100 percent sure. I still think Maryland will find a way to get in.

Sam (Boston)

Hi Andy, Boston College finally looks like they are turning the corner with giving NC State all they can handle and beating VT on the road assuming Anderson stays could BC be a dark horse tournament team next year?

Andy Katz
  (2:19 PM)

Boston College is improving. The win over Virginia Tech was impressive. But the problem for BC is the league is adding Syracuse, Pitt and maybe Notre Dame if not next season in a year with Louisville.

Rick (Kansas)

Jeff Withey has just as good, if not better numbers than Anthony Davis last year. Why isn't he a runaway Player of the year candidate right now?

Andy Katz
  (2:20 PM)

Because of Trey Burke, Doug McDermott, Mason Plumlee and even on his team Ben McLemore.

Mike (Tallahassee)

So the Noles have won their first 2 ACC games, both on the road in tough venues to add. Is this another typical FSU season with a a couple of head-scratching losses only to be followed by a strong ACC season?

Andy Katz
  (2:21 PM)

It sure looks that way.

Deven (New York, NY)

Andy, who do you think Obama is going to pick this year?

Andy Katz
  (2:22 PM)

Too early to tell!

Kiel (Carlsbad, NM)

If the Gophers can steal a win either in Indiana, or at home against Michigan, do you see them as a top 2 seed in the tourney moving forward? The Illinois road win had to impress those who have been skeptical, right?

Andy Katz
  (2:23 PM)

If Minnesota does that then yes the Gophers will be on the road toward a two line type seed. But still a lot of work to do.

Ray Stinger Jr (Pittsburgh)

Hi Andy! Was last year a fluke for Coach Dixon and the Panthers? Do you believe Pitt will make the NCAA tourney?

Brandt (Indiana)

How good is Notre Dame really? Quality wins over Kentucky and Cincy, but they still play in the current Big East with Syracuse, Louisville, and Georgetown

Kevin (Mile High)

Do any of the MWC teams have a shot at making a deep tourney run this yr? I'm thinking maybe the Lobos

Andy Katz
  (2:28 PM)

Trying to post a few questions. Hold on. A few issues.

Christian (Boondocks, MI)

Who comes out undefeated this weekend, Duke or Michigan or both or neither?

Greg (LA)

Front page news that Arizona got a win it didn't deserve due to poor officiating/replay rules, but when literally the exact same thing happens at Kentucky, there's no mention of it?

Andy Katz
  (2:29 PM)

Well, there is no conspiracy about Arizona here. I think part of the reason is that the Kentucky basket wasn't the last basket. Remember, Vandy hit a 3-pointer after that play.

Corey (Oregon)

Which pac 12 teams do you think are going dancing?

Andy Katz
  (2:30 PM)

On Jan. 11, I'll go with Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State.

Andy Katz
  (2:30 PM)

Wow. I forgot Colorado. I think the Buffaloes will make it too.

Jon (Minnesota)

How do teams without a top 50 type player usually fair in the tournament? Is this a concern for the Gophers?

Andy Katz
  (2:31 PM)

Completely irrelevant.

Tom (NM)

Andy, Gottleib doesn't like NCAA sites at altitude. He says Hurley hit the wall at Denver (I say Hurley had stomach flu). You are ok with NCAA sites out here aren't you?

Andy Katz
  (2:32 PM)

I love Doug. We're good friends. But I disagree. Everyone has to deal with it. I lived there for five years. I think it's a bit overdone.

JeremyB666 (Kewadin, MI)

how far do you see the Michigan Wolverines advancing in the NCAA tournament this year?

Andy Katz
  (2:32 PM)

To the title.

Nate (The Vegas)

Cleanthony Early or Dougie Fresh for MVC POY?

Andy Katz
  (2:32 PM)

McDermott wins that.

Ashley (Omaha)

Who will Creighton play in their bracket buster game?

Andy Katz
  (2:34 PM)

We will all find out on our Bracket Buster show on Feb. 4 on ESPNU.

Scott (Kansas)

Do you see Kansas in the Final Four this year?

Andy Katz
  (2:35 PM)

Yes. And I think KU can play for the title again.

Christian (Boondocks, MI)

I asked Joe Lunardi about a possible tournament expansion and he said he's be in favor up to 80 teams. What are your thoughts?

Andy Katz
  (2:36 PM)

Disagree. 68 is too many. There is too much mediocrity.

JeremyB666 (Kewadin, MI)

Will Trey Burke return to Michigan for his junior season?!

Andy Katz
  (2:37 PM)

Too early. But it may be hard for him to stay put in such a weak draft.

Eric (Miami)

Does St Mary's have to win the WCC tournament to go to the tournament or is there still an at large chance for them?

Andy Katz
  (2:38 PM)

Yes. Resume isn't strong enough.

Christian (Boondocks, MI)

Is north Carolina in danger of missing the tournament this year?

Andy Katz
  (2:41 PM)

Yes. The Tar Heels better pick up some quality ACC wins against teams like Duke and NC State.

Kris G (Indy)

Why does Tubby struggle to recruit top 50 players? Does he not target one-and-done players? Could a deep run in the tourney change the recruits' perceptions enough to play in Minny?

Andy Katz
  (2:44 PM)

He recruits the players that best fit his system. I don't think recruiting has been his biggest issue.

Nick (VA)

How soon would we likely see the new additions (school wise) to the C7? Who do you think they'll pick up?

Andy Katz
  (2:45 PM)

I would love for all of this to be decided and everyone in their place by the fall of 2014.

Steve (Colbert)

Is Kelly Olynyk on nba scouts radar with his play this year?

Andy Katz
  (2:52 PM)

He better be. Olynyk has had a sensational season. I think he is an All-American so far.

Aaron (Colorado)

I think the MWC race may be the best in the country. The top 3: UNM UNLV SDSU...who wins and how far in the tourney can they honestly go?

Andy Katz
  (2:54 PM)

It's a tough, tough call. I have gone back and forth on who to pick for weeks. I'll take a pass. But any of the three could win it and possibly reach the Final Four. i think six teams could make the dance out of the MWC -- UNM, UNLV, SDSU, Wyo, CSU and Boise.

Andy Katz
  (2:55 PM)

Thanks for the questions. We will chat next Friday.