Category Archives: Men’s Basketball

North Dakota streak ends at 635 days

An unprecedented 635 day streak has come to an end as another Fighting Hawk found himself on the short end of the long arm of the law June 18th. Star sophomore basketball player Geno Crandall was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI in Grand Forks. Crandall averaged 15.5 points this past season.

The last Fighting Hawks player to get three hots and a cot was a football player, Dustin Iverson, who shoplifted $16 worth of Nike bicep bands while wearing his North Dakota Football jersey at a Scheels sporting goods store. He got away with the heist but went back to the store later that afternoon and was apprehended and charged. He lost his scholarship. Continue reading North Dakota streak ends at 635 days

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine

LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Oral Roberts inks new basketball coach

Last month one of Denver’s Summit League rivals Oral Roberts University gave their popular coach, Scott Sutton, the boot after two frustrating seasons (14-17, 8-22). The coach learned of his dismissal on social media while attending his daughter’s tennis match.

An 8-year assistant from Baylor, Paul Mills, was named to replace Coach Sutton in Tulsa.

The administration reportedly wanted 18-year head coach Scott Sutton to fire his brother Shawn, an assistant coach for ORU, and coach one more lame-duck year. Numerous reports had new ORU president, Billy Wilson, putting pressure on the program to perform a Christian litmus test on incoming freshman. While that is not unusual considering the private school’s founding by televangelist Oral Roberts, it was the restrictions placed on tattoos that may have led to the program’s eventual demise.  Continue reading Oral Roberts inks new basketball coach

Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range

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

Denver Basketball to renew front range rivalry with Colorado Buffaloes

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

Omaha’s near miss validates Denver’s course

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

South Dakota State Dominates the Pioneers, 83-73, to End Season

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

Against the odds – Denver to face Jackrabbits in Sioux Falls again

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