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South Dakota State Races Past Denver, 92-82

It was déjà vu all over again. An opposing team shoots over 50% (55.6%) from the field, DU shoots around 40% (42.4%) or less and, as usual,  the visitors make over 40% of their 3-point shots (48.3%) with DU (7-16) falling by double digits. Final score – South Dakota State 92, Denver 82.

The Pioneers tried to slow and control the pace in the first half, often waiting to shoot until the final 10 seconds of the shot clock. But torrid shooting by the Jackrabbits gave SDSU a 42-31 advantage at halftime.  Continue reading South Dakota State Races Past Denver, 92-82

Driscoll North meets wrecking ball

Demolition of the Driscoll North Student Center has begun. As part of DU’s Phase 1 Denver Advantage redevelopment plan, a new Student Commons will rise in its place. Student and family support services have been moved to The Hub or South Driscoll in the interim.

It only took a few days to demolish most of the former structure before a surprisingly heavy winter storm followed. Continue reading Driscoll North meets wrecking ball

Fighting Hawks fans begin annual trek to Denver

Photo: Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Cherry Creek

North Dakota fans are sure to enjoy their stay in the Mile High City – just like last season. North Dakota fans will be making their annual pilgrimage to Denver next weekend to watch the North Dakota – Denver hockey series.  And, as usual, we are following their stories closely. Continue reading Fighting Hawks fans begin annual trek to Denver

Denver Drops 5-1 Contest in Kalamazoo

It was a tough weekend for DU hockey (14-6-3) in a place that has been nothing but a nightmare for the past two seasons (0-4). Saturday night was no different as the Broncos raced out to an early 2-0 advantage in the first seven minutes and cruised to a 5-1 victory. The only good news was a power play goal by DU’s Emilio Pettersen who broke a 0-5 power play drought for the Pioneers to score DU’s lone goal. Denver finished 1-8 on the man advantage for the game. Continue reading Denver Drops 5-1 Contest in Kalamazoo

Stickney touts Kalamazoo in Michigan article

“My favorite road trip of the year”, says Jay Stickney broadcaster for the University of Denver hockey team of his annual trip to southwestern Michigan. “If I didn’t have major business interests in Denver, I’d live in Kalamazoo.”

In an interview with Pure Michigan: The Magazine, Stickney talks all things Kalamazoo.  Here are some quotes from the article: Continue reading Stickney touts Kalamazoo in Michigan article

David Carle and Co. proving tempered preseason expectations foolish

When it was first reported in late May that David Carle was the next head hockey coach at the University of Denver, many wondered if, at the young age of 28 which made him the youngest head coach in Division I hockey, Carle was up to the challenge of leading arguably the best program in the history of college hockey.

Through Carle’s first 20 games, the Pioneers sit at 14-4-2 and are sitting at #2 in the Pairwise rankings. That would be impressive enough before considering the bevy of obstacles he and his program have faced. From adding new coaching assistants, fielding a roster with 20 underclassmen, and the early loss of their would-be starting goalie, Filip Larsson for the first twelve games of the season. About the only thing that didn’t change was the steady hand of Director of Athletics Ron Grahame. Continue reading David Carle and Co. proving tempered preseason expectations foolish

Denver Rides Second Half Explosion to 80-65 Win Over Bison

Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Peachy

It looked like the same struggling Pioneer squad (6-14, 1-5) the first 20 minutes Wednesday night, trailing 36-30 at halftime at Magness Arena. But, this time, Denver took over a half of basketball – giving the fans a glimpse of what was expected at the beginning of the season. DU outscoring North Dakota State University 50 to 29 the final 20 minutes of the contest to coast to their first win of 2019.  Continue reading Denver Rides Second Half Explosion to 80-65 Win Over Bison

The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend

Heading into the season, Colorado College looked to be a team on the rise and many DU fans thought a successful season for the Pios would be the retention of the Gold Pan and not much else. Colorado College (8-12-2) has had a disappointing season while #3 Denver (14-4-2) is off to a fantastic start. But all bets are off when it comes to the Battle for the Gold Pan in this heated front range rivalry.

By nearly any measure, the retention of the Gold Pan is a key metric when defining a successful season for the Pioneers. This season is no different. And, CC will see this as a way to recapture a once hopeful season, engage a disheartened fan base and take the heat off head coach Mike Haviland. Continue reading The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend

Old North End neighbors fight CC’s new arena plans

A pitched battle is heating up in the Springs. What appeared to be a project to build a small hockey practice facility on the CC campus has morphed into a full-blown on-campus arena. The upscale Old North End Neighborhood is not happy about the sleight of hand by Colorado College leadership.

The announcement of the new Robson Arena was made before consulting with neighbors. Continue reading Old North End neighbors fight CC’s new arena plans

For Denver Men’s Hoops, it starts and ends with defense

It is clear by now that the DU coaching staff and players know what the problems is – it is defense. And the stats are there for all to see. Over the past 10 games, Denver (5-13, 0-4 Summit League) has allowed 50.2% shooting from the field, 47.2% from 3-point range and 91 points per game. Denver is 294th/350 in the nation in points allowed and to make matters worse, they are 344th in turnovers.

The coaching staff has tried every floor combination possible with the same result. And, before we point fingers at the coaching staff, we all saw this roster before the season started and believed that they had the potential to be outstanding.

The issue: These Denver players are not comfortable playing fast – they are rushing on offense but, more importantly, this harried approach is bleeding over to their defense. 

Continue reading For Denver Men’s Hoops, it starts and ends with defense