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AllBuffs Interviews Andy Glockner

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Goose, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Any time someone is coming up with a list of college basketball writers to follow on Twitter, Andy Glockner's name will inevitably come up. The former Penn football player has covered college basketball for both ESPN and Sports Illustrated and has now lived in Denver for over a year. This allows him to provide a different voice on the Buffs as someone who is an outsider, but is close enough to see them in person as well. Andy was nice enough to let me harrass him about both the Buffs and the Pac-12 (note: all answers from Glockner were emailed to me on November 20th). So as soon as you've made sure that you're following him on Twitter, read on to see what he had to say about the upcoming season.

    AllBuffs:
    As someone who is in the bubble, it's easy for us to believe that the Pac-12 is back on a national level. However, as someone who can provide a dose of reality to the situation, how do you see the P12 performing this year? Is it back to the levels that the conference used to be at or does it still have a way to go?
     
    Andy Glockner:
    I don't think the Pac-12 is back to its previous heights because there's only one team that looks to be a reasonable Final Four contender. That said, it's bounced back very nicely from the trough of a few years ago. In the preseason, I thought the league could get seven teams into the NCAAs, and that still looks quite possible. It's a very good league, and the prep talent on the West Coast is rising, so this shouldn't be a blip. I like the prognosis for the league going forward.
     

    AB:
    Everyone knows that Arizona is a potential Final Four team. Who else in the P12 could you see making a bit of noise this March?
     
    AG:
    I think Oregon has the best potential to make a run. Dana Altman is a terrific coach and he's done an excellent job integrating transfers into their system. Assuming Dom Artis and Ben Carter return and play as expected, they will be a difficult team to handle.
     

    AB:
    As for CU, what do you think the national perception of the program is? Are they considered up and coming or a bit unproven and still potentially a flash in the plan?
     
    AG:
    I think nationally, Colorado is considered to be a program on the rise with a very good coach, but one that now needs to take that next step. That means winning national nonconference games and winning NCAA tournament games. There's no doubt support for the program is at an all-time peak, and assuming Tad stays around, there's no reason to think it won't continue to improve, at least to a certain level. Colorado won't ever be Kansas, but it doesn't have to be to be an excellent national program.
     

    AB:
    Everyone knows about Spencer Dinwiddie. Who is the Buff that you think a lot of people could be talking about this March?
     
    AG:
    Xavier Johnson is the obvious choice. Big talent, needs to grow into a more expanded leading role as this season moves along.
     
     

    AB:
    There's lots of buzz surrounding the visits of Kansas and Arizona and deservedly so as they're big time programs. But what are some of the games on CU's slate that maybe won't get the same hoopla but are equally dangerous or prominent?
     
    AG:
    UCSB won't be a bargain tomorrow night. That's a very capable team. Same with Harvard, which has a frontcourt that a lot of BCS schools would trade for in a heartbeat. Harvard's not loaded with huge frontcourt players, but they're active and skilled and deep, and the backcourt has two primary ballhandlers and a number of good shooters. Very legit.
     

    Once again, thank you to Andy for taking the time to answer our questions. You can follow him on twitter to keep up to date on his college basketball thoughts.
     
     
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  2. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Also, Jens needs to post in this thread so we can rep him. This was his idea over a year ago and I was too lazy to get around to it until recently.
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Thank you Goose and Jens.

    And a BIG THANKS to Andy Glockner for a great interview.
     
  4. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    good stuff. Surprised no mention of JHop!
     
  5. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Glockner JG and Goose with a solid discussion of the pac-12 teams as Denver restaurants today.
     
  6. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Pachoops & Will chimed in too. Right now, the running discussion is:

    * Arizona - Fruition (Glockner: "Very solid but overrated")
    * Colorado - Bones (Glockner: lesser known, local, lower cost but quite good) or Cherry Cricket (Will)
    * Washington State - Winerschnitzel (Glockner)
    * Washington - Illegal Pete's (Pachoops: "Solid, going to get you what you want, but not fine dining")
    * Oregon - Pinche Tacos (Goose: "Can be phenomenal but can also get shut down by health code/recruiting violations")
    * USC - Zenga (Will)
    * Stanford - Vesta (JG: "you can try whatever sauce (rationale) you want, but at the end of the day, it's just not that good")
    * UCLA - The Palm (Goose: "marquee name, but has slipped and isn't at the same level")
    * Cal - The Keg (JG: "solid food and you can add a lobster tail for $10 but still not prime beef")

    That leaves:

    * ASU
    * Oregon State
    * Utah

    Trying to come up with a food truck that has one REALLY good item for ASU.
     
  7. Shldr2Shldr

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    ASU is Casa Bonita. You go eat there for one reason and it isn't the food. The show is the only good part of the restaurant,
     
  8. Junction

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    Is there a restaurant that really has nothing going for it but connections in really high places? Because that's OSU....
     
  9. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I like that.
     
  10. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Trying to think of a restaurant that's been bad for a while but is slowly working it's way back to respectability like Utah.
     
  11. YngC

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    Yup, Frasca. *ducks and hides*
     
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    I am only here for the rep.
     
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    They served me crunchy risotto once and tried to pass it off that it was "al dente" - an argument pursued
     
  14. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    fify. if you are going to be persnickety...
     
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    i have no tack - wait what?
     
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    **** you, Jobu.
     
  17. JJBuff

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    Shouldn't ASU's have some connection to strippers or adult film actresses?
     
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  19. Junction

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    I'm liking Hooters for ASsU. Jahii Carson is the wings - you know, the reason you tell people you're going there, when everybody knows you're only there to look at the breasts and thighs..
     
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  20. Buffalo Brad

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    Diamond caberet - you can say you are going for the meal but we all know better

    Edit: Did not see Junctions until after the post. Works for Hooters but DC has strippers!!
     
  21. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    Works either way, but I might go UNLV/Diamond Cabaret...
     
  22. Swish

    Swish Half a bubble off Club Member

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    Can't hit you again until I pass around some more rep but great work.
     

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