Omaha Wins Possession Battle to Defeat Pioneers 84-83

Speed kills.

Omaha used their quickness and speed to create turnovers (20 to 11) and steals (14 to 7) to defeat the Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena, 84-83, Wednesday night. Omaha’s Mitch Han scored with .7/10’s of a second left in the contest. Denver was fortunate to take the lead on a C.J. Bobbitt layup with .12 seconds remaining but the Mavericks responded by working the ball inside to Han as the clock ran down. With Daniel Amigo out of the game with five fouls, Denver could not stop the 6’8″ Han from delivering the knockout blow.

Turnovers and steals gave the Mavericks an incredible 16 possession advantage – too much of hurdle for almost any team to overcome.   Continue reading Omaha Wins Possession Battle to Defeat Pioneers 84-83

Evans Curse may be coming to an end

The two universities founded by John Evans, Northwestern University and the University of Denver, have never made it to the NCAA basketball tournament. It has been 78 years for the Wildcats (20-7, 9-5 Big 10), the longest drought of any major conference basketball program. Members of the original 120 Division I teams to never make the NCAA tournament include Army, The Citadel, St. Francis (NY), William & Mary, and of course Northwestern. Denver’s futility is somewhat softened because the Pioneers were a Division II program from 1979 to 1998. Denver has whiffed all 59 years, though. Continue reading Evans Curse may be coming to an end

Upperclassman leaders play important role for Denver Hoops

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Senior Josiah Dunn and redshirt junior Duke Douglas are making their final on-court appearance at Magness Arena Wednesday night.

Though they haven’t received major minutes on the court this season, both Douglas and  Dunn are classic ‘glue guys’ who hold the team together by example – hard work, accountability, and cooperation. Both are widely respected for their experience and work ethic both on and off the court at DU. LetsGoDU caught up with head coach Rodney Billups and assistant coach Dan Ficke to get their thoughts on these two upperclassmen. Continue reading Upperclassman leaders play important role for Denver Hoops

Puck Swami: Denver Pioneer History Being Made Before Our Very Eyes

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At this very moment on Feb. 20, 2017, for the first time in history, our two flagship sports, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, are both ranked #1 in the country in all the major polls of those two sports.

For our small private school in the Rockies with 5,500 undergrads and a budget 1/10th the size of some of the large D-I football powers, with our opponents spread out all over the country and requiring jet planes to get to 85% of DU away games, this is an astonishing, epic achievement.

Additionally, our men’s soccer team finished #3 in the country this fall. And our women’s gymnastics team is currently ranked #8 in the country, the highest the program has ever been ranked.  And DU women’s lacrosse is undefeated this year and ranked #14/15 in the country. And our nationally ranked swim teams (#20 men’s and #26 women’s) just swept the podium in EVERY EVENT at the Summit League Championships last week.

I say all this because we need to take a moment to realize just how frickin’ good our athletics program is right now.  No program in the country gets better performance for the buck than DU does.  And now is the time to tell your friends from bigger schools that the Pioneers are on top of the country in two sports.  Let’s hope both can end their seasons with a National Championship.

For those of us oldsters who remember the days when DU played hockey in a decrepit old WWII surplus naval drill hall and DU lacrosse played mostly clubs and small colleges on muddy fields in front of 50 people, we can only say how proud we are to see just how far DU has come as a national sports power.

Go Pios!

 

 

Jaguars Bombs Flatten Denver, 83-72

IUPUI was 10 of 19 from downtown while Denver was 5-15 from beyond the arc to spell the difference between victory and defeat as the visiting IUPUI Jaguars defeated Denver.

In a rare Sunday afternoon matinee, both the crowd and the team were flat against an energized IUPUI squad that placed a premium on ball pressure. The Jags parlayed a 4 point half-time deficit (35-31) into a 52 to 37 point second half romp en route to an easy victory over the Pioneers. Denver also gave up 18 points in the paint during the second half as the Jags hammered the Pioneers from the inside out. Continue reading Jaguars Bombs Flatten Denver, 83-72

Pioneers earn first conference road sweep over Miami

photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio

In American Hero fashion, Troy Terry scored the game-winning goal and his second of the night beating Ryan Larkin five-hole to contribute to the [2/2] University of Denver Pioneers 5-2 victory and weekend sweep over the [NR/NR] Miami-Ohio [Miami] RedHawks. Earning their road, first in-conference sweep after last night’s 5-2 win at Steve Cady Arena, this momentum is vital with the conference playing closing and the NCHC Playoffs and the NCAA Tournament approaching. Continue reading Pioneers earn first conference road sweep over Miami

WATCH: Connor Cannizzaro, Trevor Baptiste, & Bill Tierney talk Duke win

Earlier today, the #1 University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team ran past Duke 14-9 thanks in large part to star FOGO Trevor Baptiste’s incredible second half at the X. As DU head coach Bill Tierney notes below, Duke is a better team than many are giving them credit for in the early going, so this is an important victory for the Crimson and Gold. Continue reading WATCH: Connor Cannizzaro, Trevor Baptiste, & Bill Tierney talk Duke win

Northern Colorado Addresses Violations While Louisville Tries to Shed Charges

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The Tribune of Greeley has published the details of violations that occurred within the University of Northern Colorado Bears basketball program that resulted in the firing of head coach B.J. Hill and his staff last April.

On October 12th, 2016, LetsGoDU published an article on their prompt action. UNC’s actions were in sharp contrast to basketball blue blood Louisville.  Continue reading Northern Colorado Addresses Violations While Louisville Tries to Shed Charges

Trevor Baptiste spurs second half run as Pioneers run past Duke, 14-9

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Between the third and fourth quarters today at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, junior All-American FOGO Trevor Baptiste won six straight faceoffs to lead the #1 University of Denver Pioneers to a big 14-9 victory over the #15 Duke University Blue Devils. Continue reading Trevor Baptiste spurs second half run as Pioneers run past Duke, 14-9

RAPID REACTION: Denver Powers By Miami 5-2

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Denver (21-6-4, NCHC 13-3-3-2)  was held scoreless the first period but used two power play goals in the second period from Dylan Gambrell and American hero Troy Terry to give DU a 2-0 advantage entering the third period. Miami (9-14-6, NCHC 5-10-4-2) countered in the 3rd with goals by  Miami’s Zach Lavalle and Jared Brandt to even the contest at 2-2 at the 9:31 mark. Will Butcher scored off a face-off on 4×4 action to gave Denver the lead 3-2 at 13:56. Dylan Gambrell put the game on ice 4-2 at 16:22. Less than a minute later, with the Miami goalie pulled, Emil Romig got the open netter to make the final score 5-2.

As usual, LetsGoDU will post a series summary following tomorrow’s game.  Of course, you can read about tonight’s game and follow tomorrow nights game live on twitter (LetsGoDU@LetsGoDU).

Tomorrow’s game starts at 6:00 pm MT.

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