Photo: Freshman point guards Elijah Blake and Elvin Rodriguez will take the floor this fall for the Pioneers
When Rodney Billups took the reins of the Denver Pioneers, he vowed to play fast. Under his system, point guards ‘stir the drink’ and make things happen. So, his first two signings show his desire to build from the outside in with the addition of two versatile ball-handling point guards. Continue reading Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range
Photo: Courtesy of 9News. DU will be huddling up in the Coors Events Center in Boulder next season.
It was one of the first questions Rodney Billups was asked on May 14th, 2016 when he became the Pioneers head coach. Would he schedule games with his former employer, the Colorado Buffaloes, and renew a front range rivalry that had been dormant for 10 years? Billups said he would try. His former boss, Tad Boyle, was asked the same question. Of course, Boyle said that he would do everything he could do to help his protege but was noncommittal on scheduling a basketball game against DU. Continue reading Denver Basketball to renew front range rivalry with Colorado Buffaloes
With the field for the NCAA basketball tournament being announced tonight, it seems like a good time to look back on Denver’s season. It was the first season of the Rodney Billups era, and I think, despite the somewhat disappointing finish, it provides a lot of hope for the future. Continue reading A Look Back on the 2016-2017 Season
Photo courtesy of omaha.com. Omaha’s Tre-Deon Hollins missed the potential game-winning shot.
They came within a single last minute shot of defeating South Dakota State University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Omaha native Tre-Deon Hollins hoisted a 3-point shot that was off the mark and the Omaha Mavericks fell 79-77. The Summit League auto-bid went to South Dakota State University – again. Continue reading Omaha’s near miss validates Denver’s course
Photo Courtesy of thesummitleague.org. South Dakota State University’s Mike Daum owned the night.
For the first two-thirds of the first half, South Dakota State University (16-16) had their way with the Pioneers. At one point, the Jackrabbits canned 9-13 shots, seemingly hitting every shot they threw at the bucket. Denver (16-14) was missing their shots, couldn’t buy a rebound and looked totally out of sync. South Dakota’s duo of Mike Daum with 21 points and Reed Tellinghuisen with 11 points had their way with a plodding Denver defense. SDSU isolated all-everything Mike Daum on DU defenders and he continuously beat Denver from every place on the floor. The Pioneers had no answer. Daniel Amigo went 1-7 from the floor and picked up three fouls in the half trying to stop the offensive assault from #24. The Jacks lead ballooned to 17 points – but it looked and felt worse. Continue reading South Dakota State Dominates the Pioneers, 83-73, to End Season
Illustration: We used this same illustration last year and it still applies.
The DU men’s basketball team (16-13, 8-8 Summit) are facing an uphill battle in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when they face the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (16-18, 8-8 Summit) on March 5th at 5:00 pm MT. While Team Rankings is giving DU an 11.13% statistical chance of winning three games and the championship, most prognosticators would say that is optimistic for Denver’s youthful squad. Few expect them to make it out of the first round.
So far, the Pioneers are 0-for-59 when it comes to Division I league championships.
There are, however, five reasons for hope: Continue reading Against the odds – Denver to face Jackrabbits in Sioux Falls again
After Denver’s last meeting with South Dakota State, a 91-82 home win, the Pioneers stood at 5-3 in the Summit League. The Jackrabbits, on the other hand, were 2-6 and in last place in the conference. Since then the two teams have been trending in opposite directions, culminating in SDSU’s runaway 88-64 win over Denver on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Denver Dominated by South Dakota State, Lose 88-64
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
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
Photo courtesy of DU Athletics
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