Denver men’s hoops announced their schedule today and it promises some big challenges for the Pioneers as Rodney Billups moves into year two of his tenure as head coach. The team has scheduled 28 games, fewer than normal due to IUPUI’s hasty exit from the Summit League.
The early highlights include a trip to Boulder to renew the DU-CU basketball rivalry. The 3-game Florida Gulf Coast Shootout in Fort Meyers against FGCU, St. Francis, and Navy over three days will give DU fans a quick read on this year’s squad. Then, there will be some great regional action with a pair of games at Magness Arena against Air Force and Wyoming along with an always challenging bus trip to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Then, in mid-December, the Pioneers board a quick flight to Palo Alto to take on the Pac-12’s Stanford Cardinal.
Denver’s first Summit League game is against a tough South Dakota team in Vermillion, S.D. on 12/30/17. The Pioneers have 5 of their first 6 games on the road so Denver will have to use their non-conference schedule to jell and gain confidence. League play ends with 4 out of 5 games at Magness arena.
The 2017-2018 hoops schedule looks like this:
|Date||Opponent / Event||Arena||Time / Result||Media|
|11/12/17||vs. UC Irvine||Denver, Colo.||4:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|11/14/17||at Colorado||Boulder, Colo.||TBA||MORE|
|11/16/17||vs. Johnson & Wales||Denver, Colo.||5:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout|
|11/24/17||at Florida Gulf Coast||Fort Myers, Fla.||5:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|11/25/17||vs. St. Francis Brooklyn||Fort Myers, Fla.||2:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|11/26/17||vs. Navy||Fort Myers, Fla.||10:00 a.m. MT||MORE|
|11/29/17||vs. Wyoming||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/02/17||vs. Air Force||Denver, Colo.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/05/17||vs. San Jose State||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/09/17||vs. USC Upstate||Denver, Colo.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/13/17||at Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/15/17||at Stanford||Palo Alto, Calif.||TBA||MORE|
|12/18/17||at Montana State||Bozeman, Mont.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/28/17||vs. Colorado Mesa||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|12/30/17||at South Dakota *||Vermillion, S.D.||TBA||MORE|
|01/06/18||vs. Fort Wayne *||Denver, Colo.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/11/18||at North Dakota State *||Fargo, N.D.||6:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/13/18||at South Dakota St. *||Brookings, S.D.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/18/18||at Omaha *||Omaha, Neb.||6:30 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/20/18||at Oral Roberts *||Tulsa, Okla.||6:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/25/18||vs. Western Illinois *||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|01/27/18||vs. South Dakota *||Denver, Colo.||4:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/03/18||at Fort Wayne *||Fort Wayne, Ind.||12:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/08/18||vs. South Dakota St. *||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/10/18||vs. North Dakota State *||Denver, Colo.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/14/18||vs. Oral Roberts *||Denver, Colo.||7:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/18/18||vs. Omaha *||Denver, Colo.||1:00 p.m. MT||MORE|
|02/24/18||at Western Illinois *||Macomb, Ill.||TBA||MOR|
The 6 week winter break starts mid-November and classes resume January 3rd. During that time, five games will be played at Magness Arena (Wyoming, Air Force, San Jose State, USC Upstate and Mesa State) and six games on the road.
As usual, the Summit League conference championships will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.