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Foot Dragging Makes For Basketball Tournament Farce

Photo: Used Car Salesman, Rick Pitino

The Washington Post had an article on the 18-1 SMU basketball program. They were the nation’s last unbeaten team through most of December until they lost on the road at Temple. Regardless of their final record, they will not be getting an invitation to the Big Dance in March. The Mustangs are banned from postseason play for having an assistant coach take on-line exams for a high school recruit. Coach Larry Brown was caught lying, too, and the cover-up was on. Brown was suspended for the first nine games by the NCAA for a lack of institutional control. Now, they are playing, essentially, a meaningless season with a squad that could have made a run in March. Continue reading Foot Dragging Makes For Basketball Tournament Farce

Pios Play South Dakota State Tough in 56-67 loss

This was a game that left Pioneer hoops fans in an optimistic mood and showed why this is a young team worth watching. A good crowd (3,020), the first of the season, created an energy that inspired the Pioneers (11-11) to hang tough against a veteran program. DU, playing against the senior laden, league leading South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-5) fought toe to toe before the game slipped away in the final few minutes.

Joe Scott went to the bigger, more athletic lineup with C.J. Bobbitt at center, Marcus Byrd at the wing, and gave Thomas Neff, Jake Holtzmann and Jake Pemberton meaningful minutes. DU’s improved length helped on defense but cold shooting and rebounding proved the difference again. Continue reading Pios Play South Dakota State Tough in 56-67 loss

3rd Quarter Denver Hoops Report Card

DU finished the third quarter of their basketball season last night, 3-5. All eight games were against Summit Conference opponents. During that stretch, DU averaged 62.3 points per game while their opponents scored 68.6, a -6.3 margin.

Quarter 3 Evaluation PeriodPeriod: South Dakota State through South Dakota

  • DU 59 – South Dakota State 68 (L)
  • DU 49 – North Dakota State 75 (L)
  • DU 78 – Oral Roberts 75 (W)
  • DU 54 – IPFW 65 (L)
  • DU 76 – Western Illinois 69 (W)
  • DU 61 – IUPUI 76 (L)
  • DU 55 – UNO 69 (L)
  • DU 66 – South Dakota 52 (W)

Continue reading 3rd Quarter Denver Hoops Report Card

Here is how they saw it

OXFORD, Ohio — A rugged defensive performance by the Miami hockey team extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-1 win over No. 13/14 Denver on Friday night.

The RedHawks (10-11-3, 5-8-2-2 National Collegiate Hockey) blocked 24 shots and held the Pioneers (12-8-5, 8-5-2-0 NCHC) to just 21 shots on goal to move into a fourth-place tie in the NCHC standings. MU’s four-game winning streak is a season high and its longest since the 2013-14 season.

Here is the full game recap and interviews with Enrico Blasi and Redhawk players following their 3-1 win over DU. Puck drop tonight is at 5:05 MT.

A series summary will be published tomorrow on LetsGoDU.

DU Shoots Down South Dakota 66-52

The Pioneers (11-10, 3-5 Summit), led by hot shooting freshman Thomas Neff and senior Marcus Byrd, took down the South Dakota Coyotes (10-12, 2-6 Summit) 66-52 at Magness Arena. The Pioneers overcame 19 turnovers with 31 rebounds and 50+% shooting from the field and 3-point land to polish off a cold shooting SD squad. The Pioneers led from the start with solid defense and held the lead the entire game. South Dakota employed a pesky press throughout the game forcing turnovers and shot clock violations but cold shooting and turnovers by the visitors eliminated any chance they had for a comeback. Continue reading DU Shoots Down South Dakota 66-52

Westword Reader’s Choice Awards

Let’s use the power of LetsGoDU to get our local DU businesses (and LetsGoDU) some ink. You can take Westword’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards survey here.

  • Best Breakfast Burrito – Illegal Pete’s on Evans
  • Best Dive Bar – Campus Lounge (Obvious!)
  • Best Sandwich Shop – Snarfs on Evans
  • Best Tacos – The Pioneer
  • Best Denver Podcast – LetsGoDU
  • Best Coach – College – Bill Tierney
  • Best Sports Bar – Crimson & Gold (LetsGoDU Super-Pub Winner!)
  • Best Sports Mascot – Denver Boone (No brainer!)

Vote now.

 

Rebound Woes Haunt Team

Photo: 2013 Photo with DU’s Charles Webb (5’4″) & UC Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye (7’6″)

It is a near miracle DU is playing .500 ball at 10-10 heading into tonight’s game against South Dakota at Magness Arena.

This is a scrappy bunch that leaves everything on the floor but their chance of winning falls to almost zero without 50+% shooting from the floor and beyond the arc while winning the turnover and steal battle. With a -7.6 rebound differential, the Pioneers have slid to 334 out of 346 D-1 programs, putting a lot of pressure on a young team on both ends of the floor. Continue reading Rebound Woes Haunt Team

Denver Strikes Gold with Defenseman Boyle

PhotoBrandon Anderson/USHL, Article, USCHO

USCHO published an article on a DU recruit from Arizona, Michael Boyle. The article, Rapid Rise for Denver Recruit Boyle Hasn’t Come Without Stumbling Points, calls Boyle a potential 2016 NHL draft pick and in a class, perhaps, just after superstar Austin Mathews.

Many DU fans have called for more size on the defensive end. Well, Boyles stands 6’2″ and 210 pounds. The article states, Boyle’s size, athleticism and potential have caught the attention of the NHL scouts over the last year. He played for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes, a AAA team, last season and is playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL this season. Continue reading Denver Strikes Gold with Defenseman Boyle