Quotes from Andy Katz on ESPNU Midnight Madness Teams

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Quotes from Andy Katz on ESPNU Midnight Madness Teams


“The defending champs have once again one of the most intriguing players in the country in Nerlens Noel. The frontline should be one of the longest, and most intimidating groups in the country. And, because its Kentucky, there will always be a show.’’

NC State

“The Wolfpack are a preseason favorite in the ACC. That alone should peek everyone’s interest. NC State picked up a huge coup when Rodney Purvis was deemed eligible. There is genuine preseason excitement about this club for the first time in quite a while.’’


“The Orange lost quite a bit but had one of the most talented benches last season. There will be new stars that emerge with Syracuse in the Orange last stint in the Big East. To dismiss this Syracuse team would be a major mistake.’’

North Carolina

“The Tar Heels had quite a crew sitting out injured in Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald. This should be the national debut for James Michael McAdoo for those that haven’t seen him as a featured player. UNC always has oodles of talent and this season is no different.’’


“The Tigers have a slew of transfers, notably UConn’s Alex Oriakhi and Oregon’s Jabari Brown. Mizzou is making its first trip into the SEC this season and should have a team capable of handling the road in the league. The Big 12, save UK, has arguably tougher road venues.’’


“Everyone should pay attention to Steven Adams. The 7-foot New Zealander is no longer an international man of mystery. He is a known commodity and perhaps the most impactful freshman big man, not named Noel this season.’’


“Leonard Hamilton continues to profess that he has the most talented and balanced offensive team he has had in Tallahassee. If that’s the case then watch the Seminoles disrupt the Triangle and win the ACC. It’s certainly possible.’’


“The Hoyas have a star in Otto Porter and one of the hidden gems in Markel Starks. Georgetown may be picked in the middle of the Big East but this is a squad that could easily finish in the top five again.’’


“The Terps have two of the better young talents in Nick Faust and Alex Len. Mark Turgeon may have the Harrison Twins for Midnight Madness for a visit as Maryland competes with Kentucky for two of the top talents in the class of 2013. Expect Maryland to be buzzing again for hoops in anticipating of a rebirth this season.’’

Baylor (Men & Women)

“The Baylor women are more than capable of putting together a game-changing streak and going 40-0 in consecutive seasons. Brittney Griner is the most dominant women’s player in the game by far. The Baylor men still have a stable of talent off an Elite Eight team, especially in the backcourt with Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip to be a factor in the Big 12.’’

Murray State

“Isaiah Canaan is one of the top point guards in the country and the show in the OVC. Murray State is the prohibitive favorite to be back in the NCAA. But don’t sleep on Murray being a regular in the top 25 from November forward if it wins the Charleston Classic.’’


“The Jayhawks lost Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor but the overall depth of talent may be improved from the national runner-up led by the most polished NBA talent in the past two seasons in Ben McLemore. Jeff Withey is ready to be featured inside. KU and Phog Allen never disappoint.’’


“The remarkable turnaround for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers is now complete. IU is a favorite to be in the Final Four, win the Big Ten and have the player of the year in Cody Zeller. The pressure is immense but this team and staff have embraced the challenge.’’

Gracie Blackburn

Gracie is the Communications Manager for ESPN’s College Networks. She handles all media requests and questions concerning SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Gracie also supports on college sports airing across ESPN networks.
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