DU (5-10-1-1) deserved to win against Western Illinois two days ago but lost. Denver figured to lose against St Thomas (6-5, 1-1) this afternoon after a brutal first half. Ditto the same for Payton Moore who missed two free throws to ice the Western Illinois game in the final 10 seconds two days ago but had ice in his veins against St. Thomas as he made a critical three-point play down the stretch, setting up a mad dash down court by Jordan Johnson with five seconds to go and a jumper by Touko Tainamo for the game-winner at the buzzer.
Denver (4-10, 0-1) played the Western Illinois Leathernecks (10-2, 1-0) even-up for 40 minutes but faded in overtime at Hamilton Gym. Two missed free throws by Payton Moore would have put the Pioneers up by 4 points with 10 seconds left. Instead, Western’s Trenton Massner drove the length of the court and evened the score 71-71 with 3 seconds remaining to go into a 5-minute overtime. Continue reading Denver Drops Conference Opener to Western Illinois, 84-80, in Overtime
DU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Wulbrun set a lofty goal for his program – which is 4-9 through its first 13 games – this season. His publicly stated goal was to put the ‘most improved team in basketball’ on the court this season. How are they doing at the midway point? Continue reading DU Men’s Hoops Receives ‘Incomplete’ at Midway Point of Wulbrun’s First Season
It feels like Deja Vu all over again.
Hockey Canada has announced that the pre-tournament schedule for the upcoming 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships has been moved to December 23rd from the previously scheduled December 19th start. A revised schedule has not been issued as of this writing. Continue reading Omicron Delays World Junior Hockey, First College Cancels Spectators
Denver (4-9) returned home to Hamilton Gym after an arduous six-game road swing. The Pioneers downed the UC San Diego Tritons (5-4) by controlling the boards and shutting down UCSD from beyond the arc for a well-earned 64-56 victory. Continue reading Denver Defeats UC San Diego, 64-56, to Conclude Nonconference Play
Denver men’s basketball (3-9, 0-0) traveled to St. George, Utah Saturday night to play the Dixie State Trailblazers (5-5, 0-0) to conclude a brutal 6-game road trip. The same Dixie State that earned their first-ever D1 win against Denver last season. Denver’s 82-62 loss marked the Pioneers 42nd consecutive road loss, one game away from tieing their longest road-losing streak of 43 games. Continue reading Dixie State Clobbers Denver, 82-62
Denver (3-8) fell in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the New Mexico Lobos (6-4), 87-67, Thursday night. The loss was not the result of a lack of effort by the Pioneers but, rather, ice-cold shooting in the first half (31.5%) and 25-of-64 shooting for the game. Denver was frigid at the charity stripe as well, going 10-17 from the line in front of 8,000 fans at The Pit. Continue reading Cold First Half Dooms Denver in 87-67 Loss to Lobos
It is far too early to evaluate DU’s new men’s basketball 2021-2022 recruits, especially with so little time to replace the exodus of players from last season’s 2-19 roster. Assistant head coach Brandon Dunston and assistant Jeff Zewe are in charge of recruiting to Head Coach Jeff Wulbrun’s vision. Wulbrun told the University of Denver Magazine, “Recruiting to a prestigious academic institution allows you to recruit high-character and high-integrity kids—kids who chase excellence not just in basketball, but chase excellence in the classroom; kids who not only want to be good players, but good students,” Continue reading Prior Recruiting Errors Help Explain Denver’s Men’s Hoops Slide
Denver (3-7) traveled Sunday to San Marcos, Texas to face Texas State (6-2). The result was a sloppy game in one of DU’s poorest non-conference efforts under head coach Jeff Wulbrun. Continue reading Listless Denver Falls to Texas State, 71-58
Laramie, Wy – Denver men’s basketball (3-6) traveled two hours north to face the undefeated Wyoming Cowboys (7-0) Thursday night at the Arena-Auditorium. The Pioneers faced a familiar foe, head coach Jeff Linder, who guided Northern Colorado in his three seasons in Greeley. Continue reading Wyoming Uses Second half surge in 77-64 Win