Andy Katz 5-3 with his college basketball prediction last week to bounce back from the first week of his defeat this season. Katz’s overall record is 41-25 and she is back with more options this week.
You can read Katz’s selection below and listen to her make it episode this week from the March Madness 365 podcast. Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Baylor’s Scott Drew join the podcast, as well as Belmont’s Casey Alexander.
Here’s Katz’s prediction for this week:
It is a match between second place (Texas) and third place (Oklahoma) in the Top 12, both of which follow Baylor, who enters Tuesday with a 7-0 conference record. The Longhorns have the second most efficient offense in a Top 12 game, while the Sooners have the second most efficient defense in conference play.
Katz’s Choice: Texas
This will be Saint Louis’ second A-10 game, which has not played since December 23, when they beat UMKC at home. Meanwhile, the Spiders started 3-2 in conference play, with wins over Davidson, Rhode Island and George Mason, and losing to St. Petersburg. Bonaventure and La Salle.
Katz’s Choice: Richmond
Illinois and Iowa are second and third in the Top Ten respectively, as Michigan leads the conference 8-1. The two teams are in the top 10 nationally in offense and this will be the only time the two schools meet in the regular season.
Katz’s Choice: Illinois
The inner-state rivals will meet for the first time this season in Blacksburg, with Virginia winning 23 points over Syracuse with the Cavaliers making 14 three-pointers with a 45 percent clip. Meanwhile, Syracuse beat Virginia Tech 78-60 on the road last weekend.
Katz’s Choice: Virginia
Purdue and Minnesota are in the middle of a busy Top Ten standings, with the Boilermakers 6-4 entering this week and Gophers at 4-5, although Minnesota is currently in the rankings and Purdue is not. This will be the first time the two schools have met this season. Purdue is 6-1 at home this season, while Minnesota 0-4 on the road.
Katz’s Choice: Purdue
Alabama enters a week ranked in the top 15 nationwide in offensive and defensive efficiency and Crimson Tide will take a quick, 3-points-happy attack on Norman to face the Sooners, who won three straight going into one against Texas on Tuesday.
Katz’s Choice: Alabama
This top 20 fixture will see the Kansas squad that lost three games in a row – all on the road – entering their home game against TCU on Thursday, as well as a Tennessee squad that lost back-to-back games against Florida and Missouri. Both sides can use victory.
Katz’s Choice: Tennessee
As of Tuesday morning, the LSU offense was ranked 6th nationally, while the Texas Tech defense was ranked 13th. It will be a power-to-strength battle in Baton Rouge.
Katz’s Choice: Texas Tech
Texas A&M is looking to return to the winning column after losing back-to-back games against Missouri and Ole Miss, and four of the Aggies’ last five games. But so did Kansas State, which lost six in a row – all in Big 12 games.
Katz’s Choice: Texas A&M
West Virginia pulled off a massive comeback win on Monday night against Texas Tech, which was capped off by Miles McBride’s heroic second half and late game, and on Saturday, Mountaineers will try to defend their home court against a Florida squad that has won twice in a row entering home game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Katz’s Choice: West Virginia
Missouri enters the week in second place in the SEC with a 4-2 conference record, only behind Alabama (8-0 SEC), while TCU is eighth in the Big 12 after losing three in a row.
Katz’s Choice: Missouri
One of the nation’s last remaining undefeated teamBaylor will host the Auburn side who try 47 percent of their shots from behind the bow and one that makes nearly 56 percent of their shots in the bow.
Katz’s Choice: Baylor
Oklahoma State new star Cade Cunningham was currently out of action, but the Cowboys still beat Iowa State by 21 points without him last weekend. Next up is the Arkansas squad playing at one of the fastest tempo in the country.
Katz’s Choice: Oklahoma State
The Cyclones started their Big 12 game 0-6 and they are only 2-8 overall after losing to Oklahoma State, while Mississippi State is .500 in SEC games with a 4-4 conference record after back-to-back losses to Ole Miss and Alabama.
Katz’s Choice: State of Mississippi
It was Kentucky who started the season ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll but it was Texas that took the week’s top 10 rankings from their Big 12 / SEC Challenge fight. Texas coach Shaka Smart recently announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being isolated from his team.
Katz’s Choice: Texas
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