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Andy Katz Names Big Ten's 4 Best NCAA Tournament Contenders

Cassius Winston of Michigan State.

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 17: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates from the sidelines during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Breslin Center on February 17, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Big Ten has to be the most loaded conference in all of college basketball. As a matter of fact, there are currently 10 teams from the conference that are expected to be in the field for this year's NCAA Tournament.

College basketball analyst Andy Katz answered a few questions regarding the Big Ten, including which under-the-radar team can win the conference tournament and which player will have a monster March.

Katz also revealed which Big Ten programs could make a run to the Final Four. He believes Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan and Illinois all have a chance to make it to the grandest stage in college basketball.

It's not surprising at all to see Maryland and Michigan State on the list. Both programs entered this year as favorites to win the Big Ten. As for Michigan and Illinois, they've been inconsistent but have the talent to make some noise this month.

Michigan began this season on a strong note, defeating Gonzaga and UNC in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Injuries have lingered this year for the Wolverines, but the team is getting healthy at the right time.

It'll be interesting to see if Tom Izzo can lead the Spartans to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four. That's not an easy task, yet the experience of Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman should come in handy.

Which programs from the Big Ten could you see making the Final Four?