Category Archives: Men’s Basketball

DU Crashes the Boards & Dashes Omaha, 75-72

UNO (15-10) returned home to Baxter Arena to face the Denver Pioneers. The Pioneers (13-11) dominated the boards (39-25), outscored the Omaha bench by 23 points, and overcame the second half loss of Joe Rosga and 18 turnovers for the big road win. The Pioneers were tied twice by the Mavericks who shut down a 16 point second half deficit  – but DU never trailed. Continue reading DU Crashes the Boards & Dashes Omaha, 75-72

Cheaters Bail After LetsGoDU Article

The pressure on Louisville, following a LetsGoDU article published earlier this week, has led them to announce that they have ‘volunteered’ to skip post season play this season, according to the New York Times.

This decision helps to eliminate potential embarrassment during this post-season Men’s NCAA basketball tournament, especially if Louisville advanced, with a mountain of evidence showing improprieties in recruiting. Continue reading Cheaters Bail After LetsGoDU Article

Mackey Lifts Up Pioneers to Avoid a Home Beat Down

The IUPUI (11-14) Jaguars rolled into Magness Arena Thursday night in a 3-way tie for first place in the Summit and pummeled DU (12-11) the first 30 minutes of play.

No sense giving the play-by-play of the first half. Denver played one of their most forgettable twenty minutes in recent history shooting 37% from the floor, committing 9 turnovers, giving up 20 rebounds, and going 0-7 from three point land to make this, perhaps, the most inept half of basketball ever seen in Joe Scott’s coaching tenure at DU.  In a near mathematical improbability, the Pioneers were trailing by ONLY 9, 21-30, at the break. Continue reading Mackey Lifts Up Pioneers to Avoid a Home Beat Down

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

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

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

Sleeping Over With Recruits

Photo: Carl Bauer Photography

At the UNO game yesterday,  Dallas Walton a 6’10” high school recruit was spotted in attendance. He is being pursued by DU and Wyoming. In fact, a recruiting website, Verbal Commits, has shown DU has held an interest in Dallas for a number of years.

According to a recent article in SB Nation, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh  planned and participated in a slumber party at a kicking recruit’s house.  Quinn Nordin is the nation’s leading high school kicker and he is a prized recruit of Penn State. “He said we can watch a movie, see how well we gel and he said he would sleep over after that,” Nordin told Scout.com. Apparently, things like commitments don’t mean much in big stakes recruiting so Harbaugh pushed the boundaries of the NCAA recruiting ‘dead period’ that ended at midnight and invited himself over for a slumber party to seal the deal.  Continue reading Sleeping Over With Recruits