SportsBasketballMens' Basketball Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs basketball (Jan. 24, 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. 24, 2020) By Pat Rooney | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: January 24, 2020 at 11:51 a.m. | UPDATED: January 24, 2020 at 1:13 p.m.BuffZone.com beat writer Pat Rooney takes questions and leads a discussion on CU Buffs basketball beginning at noon MT. All righty folks, guess we'll wrap it up. Thanks a ton for tuning in! As always, good stuff. Appreciate the readers. Enjoy the game tomorrow and we'll do this again next week when I'm live from LA.....Pat R.One programming note. Definitely on home weeks we will always do this on Friday. Gives us one game to talk about and another to look forward to. Road weeks will be either Thursdays or Fridays depending on the team schedule and my travel schedule. But for LA next week, tentatively planning on Friday again between games.Great stuff today folks. Got time for one or two more right now, but please get 'em in!I'll get the scoop.Okay, here's your next story. I don't know whether you look at the programs, but they all include Q&A with a player. One of the questions is who has the messiest room/'apartment. I believe that every player has said "Shane." So next time you interview him, please get to the bottom of that. ;-)Yeah, that's on my radar but not sure when I'll be able to pull it off. Either late in the high school season or immediately after.I know you and Brian are stretched pretty thin, but is there any chance that we can get a story on how O'Brien and Clifford are doing during their last year in HS?Maybe. It was more the pressing aspect of that 1-3-1 that hurt CU. Overall I don't think they've been that bad against zone this year. Those backcourt issues for UW isn't just on offense. They don't have a Thybulle manning the top of that zone.Adding on to the UW comments, we're not a good team against the zone (see OSU) and Hopkins 2-3 is one of the best. If we're gonna stub our toe, this is one where it could happen.It translates the same way. They would be diplomatic about it if asked, but USC is the rival for this group. They still haven't forgotten the rub-it-in-your-face late timeout two years ago.Going off of the discussion about the jawing between CU and WSU last night, are there any teams in the Pac 12 that the Buffs dislike a little more than the others? I know Tad and Andy Enfield aren't huge fans of each other, but I'm not sure how that translates down to the players.Right now it would be either Strating or Ryder. But if Bey leaves I'd expect them to bring in a forward that might be able to compete for a backup rotation spotIf Bey leaves after this year, who is the 3rd big-man to play after Battey and Walton?He missed a couple last night at the rim that weren't pretty. But I remember him also making that little floater going left across the lane.Someone needs to teach MK IV to do left handed layups...seen many missed layups going to the left side of the basket using his right handBey being back will likely cut into Dallas' potential playing time, but I think he could match up in spells against Stewart. Yeah, UW is hurting in the back court. The loss of Greene was huge for them.UW looks like a mess. Every one of their games is like the OSU game, but worse. I expect them to come out on fire looking to avenge these terrible losses. The seem to have good front court and an awful guard situation, but still manage to build big leads before blowing it. You think Dallas might get more action with UW?I don't know a ton about him beyond he was a find of Nate Tomlinson, not surprisingly. As far as I know he's interested and certainly planning to pursue college basketballJust got here so I don't know what's been discussed, so sorry if this was covered. Do you know anything about the Australian guard who was visiting? He looks pretty good! Hopefully he was interested.I'll definitely go review the tape again without forwarding past that. I saw the sequence between Jervae Robinson and the courtside fan (and then McKinley) because it was right in front of me.LT is right, Battey got into it with one of the WSU assistant coaches. Ref led Evan back to the bench.That's a two-sided thing. I think some defensive strategies would love letting those big guys fire away from there early in the shot clock. Yeah, they need to be more of a threat, but I still think they usually can get a better shot if they use that high post as a fulcrum to get the ball swung against the zone. One of those instances last night I recall the fans were sort of calling for Evan to shoot, but it was early in the shot clock with about 7 mins left and something like a 12-point lead. Later in the sequence he got the ball back in much better position on the low block and got fouled.Other than the meltdown against OSU's 1-3-1, we appear to be handling the zone better than in years past. But it is bothersome when our bigs get a pass at the elbow and pass it out without even looking at the basket. Battey did that a couple of times. The whole idea is to find openings in the zone and you probably aren't going to get a better shot than that 15 footer. Siewart is getting better with that and made at least one shot from that spot. He's a better shooter than Battey, but Battey still can knock those down.7,864 for a late night weeknight vs Washington State isn't too bad.Shout out to the C Unit for showing up in force last night.It's actually the last five over the past two years--both regular season sets the past two years, plus in the P12 semifinals in Vegas. Simply put, the past couple UW teams have been better than the Buffs. Matisse Thybulle was a first round pick and is playing in the NBA now. David Crisp for whatever reason often was a Buffs killer. This team's backcourt isn't as imposing and now the Buffs are the better team. I'm sure they are very motivated to end that winless streak. They said the same thing about winning at ASU.The Buffs have lost their last 4 to Washington- every game with the current team. Do you think that this is more a result of Washington's scheme or just that they have had pretty good teams during those years? Also, do you think that record adds some motivation for the Buffs tomorrow night?I definitely think he has another lights-out shooting game in him before it's all over. For whatever reason three of his best shooting games--at UCLA and vs OSU at the P12 last year, and at CSU this year--have been on the road. If that's a trend for him, or he relaxes more if he's away from home for some reason, that will come in handy with the road-heavy run next monthA two-for-one answer on Shane Gatling. At this point, I like Gatling in the starting role. As I noted earlier, both Parquet and Kountz had opportunities to take the job and run with it and failed to do so. And at this point, Kountz is the best option to hold down the ball-handling for the short spells Wright is out. Gatling can disappear at times, but he has developed to the point where he doesn't hurt them much. He gets after it on defense, and I thought he knocked down a few big ones in the second half last night.Gatling had several explosive outputs last year where he won the buffs games, UCLA was one and I think OSU another. We haven't really seen that this year except kind of the CSU game. Do you think he has another game or two like that in him?Hey Pat, how do you feel about the 2? I've gone back and forth between Kountz, Gatling and Parquet, but none has won me over.I did not notice any jawing in that instance, but I might have been using the TO to jot some notes and missed it. And I admit I forwarded through it while doing a quick re-watch this morning, but I'll check out that sequence again when I can.When Pollard got hurt last night, it looked like there was some jawing between Battey and the WSU bench? Did I misinterpret that or do you know what was going on?They often take a look at those situations to make sure there wasn't anything flagrant. There wasn't, so they moved on.Do you know what the refs were looking at on the monitor after Battey and the WSU got tangled up and the WSU player had to leave the game for a while? It looked like Battey was trying to talk to the WSU player while he was down, but the refs told him to stay away. I was concerned that there might be some sort of flagrant foul, but nothing happened.They certainly haven't executed well in those situations. But with their personnel, I have no problem calling a timeout to set something up. If you don't call it and you still don't get a basket, you're open to the same criticism. It's kind of lose-lose for a coach. Last night just wasn't executed well. Wright held the ball too long, and whatever it was they were looking for I'm sure it wasn't Daniels off the dribble down the middle of the lane.Is Tad ranked in the Top 20 in "use it or lose it TO utilization"? What is his mindset when calling a play for the end of the half? In the 4 loses, there have been 3 TO's called (one by KU, and 2 by CU) and CU is -1 in those end of half situations. Thankfully the buffs got a great 3pt play by Bey against OSU as they built a lead. Last night we tried to make 2 passes before a turnover which feels typical of Tad teams in that situation. If we can't execute better might we be better off not calling TO? Just curious as to your thoughts.Well, unless their are roster changes, since there will be only 3 frosh/sophs on the MBB team (O'Brien, Clifford, Barthelemy) I'll have to say the FB. 5 on 3 is tough. But if it's 3-on-3, I'll go with MBBFall 2020: Who wins in a freshman/Sophomore pick up game, CUFB or CUMBB?It was encouraging to see guys like Siewert and even Walton step up their games with Bey sidelined. That's another part of what made that finish against OSU so maddening---more often than not this year (ASU in China, Clemson, at CSU, last night) the Buffs have turned it on down the stretch.Given that Bey was out and WSU had been playing very well, I think last night might have been our most impressive performance this year. Aside from the rash of turnovers in the first 10 minutes, the Buffs were solid in all aspects.As for the Arizona question, these things almost always are a combination thereof. The Buffs certainly didn't play well. But that was one of the more complete games UA has played all season. And that's a talented roster. I think they're just going to get tougher as the weeks move on.To go back to the previous question, do I have to put a 1 to a 100 number on it? That's kind of arbitrary. I think if Bey has a big finish like last year, especially if there is conference and/or NCAA success, it would be hard for him to stay. McKinley is different. He's not really in any mock drafts yet and Payton Pritchard certainly is showing a PG can improve his stock still as a senior.What are your thoughts on the Arizona game? Is Arizona actually really good? Did they just have a good game? Did the Buffs just play really poorly? Some combination thereof?I'll do a two-for-one here. Strictly my opinion, but for me the most likely departure is possibly Bey to the pros. After that, I'd say Dombek heading back to home. As for Daylen or Parquet, I don't know for sure they are entirely unhappy with their roles. I could see it a little with Parquet maybe, but they both had ample opportunity to take the reins of a starting role and didn't make it happen. I could see Parquet maybe wanting more playing time, especially with Clifford coming in, but Kountz has a good future here.Have there been any early indications about whether Tyler and/or McKinley are looking to go pro next year? What chance do you give 1 or both leaving on a scale of 0 to 100?Speaking of roster departures how many do you think is likely? I've heard rumblings Daylen isn't happy with his role, I can see Dombek, as a european trying his luck overseas, Eli Parquet started the season then role was diminished. Do you think it's all of those guys? Tad usually does a good job with that.Jervae Robinson had something going with a courtside fan, too. There was a lot of barking until those last 10 minutes!I enjoyed seeing Kin jawing w/ Elleby a bit last night. Our team doesn't do too much trash talking though.Not trying to cop out, but I think they're equally important. And they can get one or the other on any given night. Schwartz's offense obviously can be a little more explosive. But you're right about Battey's energy. It's contagious.What's your opinion is DShawn Schwartz or Evan Battey as a bigger X factor for this team. I feel like it's DShawn, but Evan's energy can be so contagious. It just seems like when either of those two is playing well, we have a great chance to win. If both are we are we are incredibly tough to beat. Thoughts?Yeah, he wasn't going to stay down long. He had 9 boards at ASU, so it wasn't quite all bad, but I know he was peeved about the 1 rebound, 0 points at UA. He needs to play big again against that UW frontcourtNice to see Battey bounce back. He had a rough AZ trip. Very uncharacteristic.I agree. Split the two-gamers and win at home, and they might have a chance to win the thing when they finish at Utah.Splitting road games in conference and winning out at home will put them in contention to win the conference.Wining at Oregon and at USC will be tough on the road. USC is starting to win me over a little bit. They really gave the Ducks all they could handle in Oregon last week. Certainly i think the Buffs CAN sweep those games. But USC will be up for that one and they're playing well.What are your thoughts on USC so far in the conference season? Think the Buffs can get the road sweep next week?I did say they need to split series on the road, but I don't think that's a reflection of poor expectations. I also said they have to win all their home games. Doing so, with splits on the road at minimum in the two-game series, would leave them with a 12-5 mark going into the final game at Utah. This year that should be good for a top four spot, and the way the league is shaking out there's a good chance that will have them in the mix for the top spot.listening to you podcast the other day, it seems like you and Brian would be happy if CU split their road games the rest of the year. Doesn't seem like you have a lot of expectations in this team.Hm, that's a thought I hadn't considered. I don't think it's a trend, but if they play poorly on Saturday let's revisit this question next week!So far in the Pac 12, the Buffs have struggled in the second half of two game swings (Oregon St, Arizona). Do you think that is just a coincidence resulting from limited sample size, or do you think the Buffs get a little too satisfied after winning the first game?That's pretty slow at this time of year. I expect that to warm up a little more later in the spring, especially if there are any roster departures.any recruiting news?Greetings mixer. The formula is simple. Keep that ball moving from wing to wing, particularly with touches for the bigs at the high post. This Huskies zone isn't what it was when they had Thybulle. The guards aren't as formidable and I like the Buffs' chances.What does CU have to do to have success again the Washington zoneUW comes in here a struggling team. Blew a late lead last night at Utah and has been out of sorts since guard Quade Green was ruled academically ineligible.I thought it was a very solid team win last night. Very balanced effort. And it wasn't much of a hunch to think they might have a chip on their shoulders on the glass after the showing at Arizona.Greetings again and thanks for tuning in. I'll be here for the next hour or so to answer any questions and get your general feedback on the Buffs.Thanks for tuning in Buffs fans! We'll begin right at noon MT.