SportsBasketballMens' Basketball Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs basketball (Jan. 16, 2020) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs basketball (Jan. 16, 2020) By Pat Rooney | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: January 16, 2020 at 11:49 a.m. | UPDATED: January 16, 2020 at 1:05 p.m.BuffZone.com beat writer Pat Rooney takes questions and leads a discussion on CU Buffs basketball beginning at noon MT. All right folks we're going to wrap this up now. Thanks a ton for taking part and enjoy the weekend!.....Pat R.I hit this topic earlier in the chat, but I think those two have different situations. If Bey finishes strong he is far more likely to leave. If McKinley comes back this team definitely will still be tough next year.Next years team better than this year? Cant really see either Bey or Kin going pro yet.I've got a few minutes here but shot clock is ticking folks. If you have a thought, please get them in now.At this point nothing will happen on that front until at least the summer, at least.Any thoughts on whether/when the NCAA will come after Arizona and Sean Miller?They always have been suspect on defense, this year even more so. 10th in the Pac-12 in D FG%, 8th in D 3%, 11th in points allowed, last in rebounding margin. That I think sums up the 'why'ASU had alot of hype at the beginning of the season. The season hasn't gone so well for them to this point. From your perspective, why? Always hard to beat a team twice, or even three times.I usually record the broadcasts and watch them later. I'm a Walton fan. I certainly don't agree with everything he says, and I can get why his stream of consciousness can be frustrating. I'm watching him on replay, but for fans the game is actually going on. But I love his enthusiasm and his love of the game. I like how he makes a point of profiling academic highlights of the teams he's broadcasting. He's a good reminder to have fun with life and remember basketball is just a game.I see that Bill Walton is going to be on the broadcast tonight. I appreciate his enthusiasm and his interplay with his play by play partner can be amusing. But he can be a bit much at times with comments about matters that have little to nothing to do with what is happening on the floor or, for that matter, with basketball in general. Sometimes, I want to yell, "Shut up!. I guess he is popular and is good for the conference ("The conference of CHAMPIONS!!), Do you ever watch his broadcasts? What do you think?It's too early to say. He needs some time to get things in place there. That roster isn't very talented and I'm not sure how much they will buy in to his tough, defense-first approach. He needs a chance to get his recruits in there.Do you think Mick Cronin will make it at UCLA? Right now they don't look any good and they don't seem to have much patience there. I always thought they were dumb to get rid of Ben Howland.The way Stanford plays defense is impressive. A few weeks ago I wasn't sure what to make of Stanford, but I'm starting to get on board. I can only guess as to why they're not ranked, but maybe because they haven't really beaten a top-25 team yet. Though they played Butler to the wireDo you think Stanford is for real? Why aren't they AP ranked with their fantastic NET ranking?They're obviously going to want that OSU result back, but really I think it was just eight bad minutes. Take that stretch out and they have been playing very well for several weeks. And this group improved as last year wore on as well. I think they'll be fine. And yes, OSU is probably a little underrated. That's a solid team.This is dredging up the past and the Utah win was impressive but do you think that the OSU finish is just them panicking with a press, an inherent weakness to being pressed or maybe Oregon State is just better than anyone gives them credit? I will say that the wild inconsistency and playing to the competition is troubling. Having said that, this is one of their best teams of the last 40-50 years so beggars can't be choosers...Those are both good points. I've thought that Pritchard might be a good example for him. He had a deep NCAA run with Oregon last year and still came back.I think the only way Kin gets drafted next year is if he can light it up from 3 point range and he will need to show he can do it consistently (meaning next year). A good comparison might be Prichard who is just a little taller. With the year he's having I think he draft prospect are better this year than if he left early. On the other hand, if the Buffs make a deep run in the NCAA and Kin gets lots of press, it might be best to exit on a high note when your name is out there.Stanford really gets after it on defense. They smoked UCLA last night in LA and have a good test next vs USCMy top four right now is Oregon, CU, Stanford, Arizona. UW already was suspect in the back court before they lost Quade Green and I think they'll struggle without him. USC obviously is talented but they play ragged, mistake-prone ball.What is your current ranking of teams at the top of the conference? Is Stanford for real? Is Washington not in the top tier anymore? Where is USC?He certainly has potential to help but it might be a year or two away. He has more of that point-forward mentality than a true inside game. He's a project.When Dombeck first arrived Tad was saying that he has some NBA potential. I've only seen him a little on the floor. He hit a 3, but looks really lanky and unrefined. Is he pretty much going to be a bench sitter here or do you think he has potential to contribute?Just my opinion, but I think if Bey finishes the season similar to how he played down the stretch last year it will be tough for him to stay. McKinley is a different story. His name doesn't really come up on mock drafts and, due in large part because he's only 6-foot, even a strong finish probably won't change that.Do you think Bey and Wright are gone after this year. IMO both could use another year especially BeySince he arrived at CU he has lost quite a bit of weight, and he's always going to be a hefty guy. As you said, he's pretty light on his feet. It's a tough balance because his size is what makes him such a unique player. And he's doing a better job of staying out of foul trouble.Speaking of Battey, he has been getting better and better at his post game - posting up, bullying his way to rebounds and put backs (without fouling). He is able to do that in large part because of his weight. I don't want that to go away, but I wonder if he has ever thought about dropping a little weight in favor of quickness and jumping ability to enhance other parts of his game (although he still is very quick for a guy his size).At this point, I do think the rotation is best with Gatling starting. I thought Kountz would grow into a starting role this year, but as you alluded to with McKinley, Kountz probably runs the point best when McKinley is out. With Eli, basically he got his chance to showcase himself and didn't really take advantage of it. Daniels will continue to play a handful of minutes here and there. When his shot is falling he's really an asset off the bench.Do you think the guard rotation is best with Gatling starting? How did Parquet go from starting to almost not playing? Does Daniels have set spot or is it just the spur of the moment? I admit to holding my breath every time McKinley takes a rest.Maybe. He's a little floor-bound for the NBA. But if he keeps improving, especially on the glass, I'd think someone would at least give him a tryout.I know it may be several years off but do you think Beatty will get a look in the NBAEven though it was garbage time I thought it might be good for his psyche that he had a couple shots go down late vs Utah.We'll do a two-for-one answer here. Dallas is showing well in practice but his lower-body strength just isn't where it was at prior to the knee injury. If there's a lack of confidence it's with his knee and not his skills. I admit I thought the team would get more out of him at this point than what we've seen so far.What is the deal with Walton, It seems like he has a lack of confidence or is not totally over his knee yetIn games, Walton is far from the player he was at the end of 2017-18. But what is he showing in practice? Is he making strides towards getting back to that level? Or are the chances of him reaching that level again still TBD?I think it will be a matchup issue with those two. Just a hunch, but I'm guessing Dallas will see some time vs UA.Do you think Dallas Walton will play a bigger role by the end of the season or will Strating continue to get minutes?Low. They've only won once at ASU and never at UA since joining the Pac-12. I know Arizona has struggled recently, but I think they'll be up for the opportunity on Saturday. I like the Buffs' chances tonight though.what are the odds CU can sweep the AZ schools this weekendSeems slow going so far but I'll be here until one. Buffs at No. 20 in latest NET rankingsGreetings from Phoenix, Buffs fans! I'll be here for the next hour to take your questions and thoughts on CU basketball. Big opportunity for the Buffs to get some road work done this week.Greetings Buffs fans. We'll get going at noon MT.