Minnesota Meltdown

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn, City Pages

The U is feeling the heat. While generations of Minnesota kids could only dream of wearing the iconic maroon and gold “M” jersey, on the ice the Gophers are just another Minnesota college hockey program.

Sure they are tied with Michigan (8-2) in the weak, six-team Big 10 and are above .500 for the season with a 13-12-0 record. But other issues are boiling under the surface. Continue reading Minnesota Meltdown

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

Denver Earns Important, Hard-Fought Split at Miami

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With a 5-3 win on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, the Denver Pioneers secured an important weekend split with the Miami University RedHawks (10-12-3, 5-9-2 NCHC) to improve their record to 13-8-5 (9-5-2 NCHC) on the season. Continue reading Denver Earns Important, Hard-Fought Split at Miami

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

Denver Hockey’s Unsung Heroes

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Following a sweep against the University of Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, Denver hockey returned recharged and refocused for the second half of the season.

DU’s series against Notre Dame to open 2016 exhibited the standard quality hockey performance Denver fans are accustomed to.

In the time since, Denver has comfortably positioned themselves third in the NCHC standings and in the Top 15 for both major NCAA Division 1 polls (USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine). Continue reading Denver Hockey’s Unsung Heroes

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

Denver Holds off Johns Hopkins 14-10 in Final Tune Up

After scoring 8 goals in the first quarter, the Denver Pioneers lacrosse team held off the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays to win 14-10 in their final exhibition game of the 2016 season. While this game didn’t officially matter, Bill Tierney and his staff has a lot to talk about and build on heading into the season opener at Air Force on February 13th. Continue reading Denver Holds off Johns Hopkins 14-10 in Final Tune Up

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

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