Rubber Match Pits Pios vs. Mavs in Showdown with NCAA Implications

The two best teams in the Summit League meet Saturday at 1:00 PM MT @ CIBER Field for the Summit League Championship. The incentive for both teams to win is pretty clear: the winner of the game earns the Summit League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. On top of that, with a win, the #4 Pioneers, would have a chance to earn home-field advantage for the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Rubber Match Pits Pios vs. Mavs in Showdown with NCAA Implications

Season Preview – 2016-2017 DU Men’s Basketball

Photo: Denver’s new floor reflects rising expectations for men’s basketball 

Tipoff for DU’s men’s basketball team is just around the corner with lots of changes at University and Evans. So what will we see on the floor and how many wins can this year’s Pioneer basketball squad earn? Continue reading Season Preview – 2016-2017 DU Men’s Basketball

PUCK SWAMI: Team Billups can help heal racial divides and unify our DU Community

PHOTO: DU Coach Rodney Billups (At Right) with his NBA star brother Chauncey (Center) and their father, Ray (at left). Photo: David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images

LetsGoDU Publisher Tim Thompson wrote a very good article on this blog, entitled “5 Reasons to Care About 2016-2017 DU Hoops.” Every one of Tim’s reasons were very good reasons to support our basketball team, but I’d like to offer one more reason you should care, and as you’ll read, I think it takes on a bigger, deeper and even more important social dimension than the sport itself… Continue reading PUCK SWAMI: Team Billups can help heal racial divides and unify our DU Community

5 Reasons to Care about 2016-17 DU Men’s Hoops

Photo: Can prized freshman Ade Murkey help take DU basketball to new heights?

DU men’s Basketball tips-off at 7:00 Saturday night at Magness Arena vs. Jacksonville. The Pioneers will be absent two of their top three scorers from last season along with a new coach and staff, a new playing style, and the likelihood that they will go another year without a title or a trip to March Madness.

Here are five reasons to care.  Continue reading 5 Reasons to Care about 2016-17 DU Men’s Hoops

Bitter Rivals Plot to Add New Summit League Sport

Photo: Students from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University examine cornhole beanbags for consistency.

In an unprecedented meeting of rivals,  students from North Dakota and North Dakota State met privately at the Mayville, North Dakota VFW to discuss the Summit League’s sports offerings. With the near certainty that UND will be joining the Summit League (see article), the students worked to identify and propose a new, lower cost sport to the Summit League. Continue reading Bitter Rivals Plot to Add New Summit League Sport

Quiet Weekend in Review

Photo: DU’s campus was quiet with only one home match – women’s volleyball.

Women’s Volleyball

DU women’s volleyball (19-6, 11-2 Summit) faced Oral Roberts at Hamilton Gym. ORU had dumped the Pioneers 3-2 a month earlier in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hamilton Gym had a good crowd and the DU pep band added to the environment as the Pioneers were never threatened in a 3-0 pay-back victory. Continue reading Quiet Weekend in Review

Pioneers Stun Portland in 2nd OT behind Shinyashiki

Photo: Pioneers warm-up for the visiting Portland Pilots

While the night was played even-up on the scoreboard through two halves and two overtimes, #6 Denver (15-0-3) played the aggressor. As time wound down in the 2nd OT, Portland (11-4-1) seemed content to fall back and play for the draw on the pressing Pioneers. Then, suddenly, with less than three minutes to go in the game, DU’s Andre Shinyashiki owned the moment with an incredible double move and golden goal leading the Pioneers to a heart stopping 2-1 win in double OT. Continue reading Pioneers Stun Portland in 2nd OT behind Shinyashiki

North Dakota President Promotes Participative Decision Making

Photo  New UND President Mark Kennedy

The University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy put together an 18 member committee to recommend $1.4 million dollars in cuts to the UND athletic department. They were asked to carve out at least 2-4 teams from their athletics department and consider a new conference affiliation. The committee convened a meeting of coaches and teams in a public forum where the various sports programs begged for their program survival. Continue reading North Dakota President Promotes Participative Decision Making

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