Andy Katz Tiers: Final Four sleepers galore in NCAA Tournament field
By Andy Katz
FOX Sports College Basketball Analyst
The tiers are continuing to take shape.
There are favorites. There are contenders and the list of sleepers could be even longer.
Get ready to digest and debate.
TIER 1: Titles favorites
Gonzaga: The Zags are clearly the favorites. They finished the regular season 24-0. Celebrate the regular-season accomplishments. It was something special.
Michigan: The Wolverines took a hit from Illinois. They were due for a dud. They will be fine and are still a No. 1 seed.
TIER 2: Title contenders
West Virginia: The Mountaineers are one of the toughest teams in the country. They will be one of the most difficult teams to finish off.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have hit a bit of a wall, but the pieces are there to still mount a deep run.
TIER 3: Final Four sleepers
Villanova: Collin Gillespie injury is a major concern, but never dismiss the Wildcats’ chances with so much depth/talent.
San Diego State: Won 11 in a row. Locking teams down defensively. Has Sweet 16 potential.
No. 17 Oklahoma State at No. 6 West Virginia
Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, CBS
This has the makings of being another overtime Big 12 thriller. These squads are balling right now. But I would lean Mountaineers late. Pick: West Virginia
No. 4 Illinois at No. 7 Ohio State
Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Illini had one of the best wins of the season — if not the best win — at Michigan by any team. But the Buckeyes will be desperate to reset for the Big Ten tournament. I think they get it. Pick: Buckeyes
USC at UCLA
Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, CBS
Andy Katz is a longtime college basketball reporter, analyst and host. He can be seen on FOX Sports and Big Ten Network platforms, as well as March Madness and NCAA.com, and he hosts the podcast "March Madness 365." Katz worked at ESPN for nearly two decades and, prior to that, in newspapers for nine years.