You can read Katz’s picks below and listen to him make them on this week’s episode of the March Madness 365 podcast. This edition of March Madness 365 also features interviews with ESPN’s bracketologist Joe Lunardi, KPI rankings creator Kevin Pauga and Ohio State’s head coach Chris Holtmann.
One of Houston’s losses this season was on the road against East Carolina. Katz sees Houston dropping another in-conference road game as the Shockers grab a marquee win.
Katz’s pick: Wichita State
Result: Correct! Wichita State def. Houston 68-63
Wisconsin has had some matchup problems in its front court. Katz sees this trend continuing against Luka Garza and company.
Katz’s pick: Iowa
Result: Correct! Iowa def. Wisconsin 77-62
Kansas is back in the top 25 and has won three straight. Katz likes them in this matchup and can see the Jayhawks making a deep run in the Big 12 tournament.
Katz’s pick: Kansas
Result: Correct! Kansas def. Texas Tech 67-61
Katz thinks the Longhorns are turning a corner after coming out of COVID-related pause. They lost three straight out of the pause but have put together two wins since.
Katz’s pick: Texas
Katz’s pick: Texas
Result: Incorrect. West Virginia def. Texas 84-82
Katz can’t pick against Michigan two weeks in a row. Katz favors the Wolverines.
Katz’s pick: Michigan
Result: Correct! Michigan def. Ohio State 92-87.
POSTPONED: No. 12 Texas at No. 9 Oklahoma | TBD on Wednesday, Feb. 17 | TBD
Katz likes Oklahoma to win its third straight here and sees the Sooners as a potential sleeper team to make the Final Four.
Katz’s pick: Oklahoma
POSTPONED: No. 18 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Florida State | 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 20 | ACC Network
Virginia Tech is coming off a pause. That combined with Florida State’s reputation at home equals a Katz pick for the ‘Noles.
Katz’s pick: Florida State