’s Andy Katz picks KU in 2020 Final Four

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa and Kansas guard Chris Teahan (12) celebrate a dunk by a teammate as practice wraps up on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teams practiced and gave interviews to media members before Thursday's opening round games.

With all of those way-too-early preseason polls now a thing of the past, it’s time to transition into the era of media types making their Final Four picks long before the 2019-20 college basketball season begins or the bracket is even formed.

One such prognosticator made his picks public on Tuesday, when Andy Katz, of, pegged KU, Michigan State, Florida and Louisville as his preseason Final Four.

Two of those four teams (KU and Michigan State) are listed as projected No. 1 seeds in’s July 24 Bracketology update by Joe Lunardi. Florida and Louisville are both currently projected as No. 2 seeds, with Kentucky and Duke rounding out the No. 1 seeds.

Katz also listed Kentucky, Maryland (a 3 seed according to Lunardi) and Seton Hall (6) as other contenders for a spot in Atlanta next spring.

Of KU’s chances, Katz wrote: “The return of Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa makes the Jayhawks one of the most veteran teams in the country.”

The Final Four picks were part of Katz’s feature titled “20 predictions for the 2020 NCAA Tournament.” In it, he pegged Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston as the national player of the year and North Carolina point guard Cole Anthony as the country’s top freshman.

Mason softball game sacked

Former KU point guard Frank Mason III had planned to host his charity softball game this weekend at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones, for the second year in a row.

But the game has been postponed because of what the event’s Facebook page is calling “unforeseen circumstances.”

Mason, who recently signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks after being waived by Sacramento earlier this summer, said he would be using this time “to focus on the next steps in my NBA career.”

Full refunds are available for those who already purchased tickets. Contact the T-Bones stadium box office for more information.


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