Summit League Semi-Final Preview – DU vs. SDSU

This season, the University of Denver Pioneers (16-14) are 0-2 against the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (24-7). But tonight’s semifinal game is not the mismatch it appears to be on paper.

DU started their conference season in Brookings, South Dakota on January 1st, dropping a 68-59 decision. South Dakota State killed DU on the offensive boards 12-2 and led for 32 minutes 26 seconds, using big scoring runs to pull away. Denver was led by Marcus Byrd (16 points), Joe Rosga (12 points), and Nate Engesser (11 points). SDSU had balanced scoring with 5 players in double digits. SDSU had 11 turnovers to 19 for the Pioneers. Denver trailed in rebounds 22-29 (-7). Continue reading Summit League Semi-Final Preview – DU vs. SDSU

DU Wins Thriller to Advance 78-70

Photo: Dave Eggen/Inertia Media

DU stunned the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks with the help of a red-hot first half en route to a first round win over Summit League 3-seed UNO. Led by the freshmen tandem of Joe Rosga (25 points) and C.J. Bobbitt (12 points) supported by seniors Marcus Byrd (14 points) and Nate Engesser (8 points), DU scorched Omaha 44-29 in the first half and held off the hard charging Mavs in the second half for the first round win. Continue reading DU Wins Thriller to Advance 78-70

Part 2: Longshot Win Improbable But Not Impossible

Photo: How do this year’s Pioneers make best use of their time?

DU has never won an D1 NCAA league championship tournament.

So, what does DU have to do to win the Summit League Conference Tournament, starting tonight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota?

While DU has won three or more consecutive games twice this season, they have not won three conference games in a row. So the approach is not about going to Sioux Falls and winning three games in a row. Instead, DU is going to have to break each game into discreet possessions and defensive stands. Continue reading Part 2: Longshot Win Improbable But Not Impossible

Denver Finishes Senior Weekend Sweep With 2-1 Victory Over Omaha

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

On a night that saw the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers’ seniors honored before the opening puck drop, Denver topped the No. 15 University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2-1. Thanks to St. Cloud State’s victory over Colorado College earlier in the evening, game two of Senior Weekend proved to be a preview for the first round of the NCHC Tournament next weekend between Denver and Omaha. Continue reading Denver Finishes Senior Weekend Sweep With 2-1 Victory Over Omaha

Denver Overcomes Slow Start to Win OT Thriller at UNC

Photo Credit: UNC Men’s Lacrosse

Just over a minute into overtime, star attackman Connor Cannizzaro took a feed from Jack Bobzien and rifled a shot bottom left past North Carolina goalie, Brian Balkam to give the No. 2 University of Denver Pioneers a 13-12 victory over the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels. Continue reading Denver Overcomes Slow Start to Win OT Thriller at UNC

Part 1. Longshot Conference Tournament Upsets Not Impossible

Photo: After a long wait, can the Pioneers reach the Summit?

We  can dream.

DU has not made the NCAA basketball tournament in 46 years of D1 play. Is this the year that luck, talent, fate and Summit Conference upsets open the door for a Pioneer appearance in March Madness?

  • DU will have to play (and win) three games in three straight days while the top seeds play 3 games in four days with an extra day of rest,
  • DU will be playing on the road – Sioux Falls, SD – with little or no fan support
  • DU (#6) will be playing against a higher seed which means they have to start out quickly with an upset against the 3 seed (UNO)
  • DU is young (3 Freshmen starters)
  • The Summit League is strong this season (11th Strongest RPI) so each game will be tough
  • Based on DU’s record, RPI, seed (#6), and league, if they did win the conference championship, they would likely be assigned to an NCAA  play-in game.

Continue reading Part 1. Longshot Conference Tournament Upsets Not Impossible

Denver Shuts Out Omaha, Earns 20th Victory for 15th Straight Year

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

For the 15th straight season, the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers won their 20th game. Tonight, the Pioneers shut out the No. 15 University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3-0 to complete the feat and extend their winning streak to 8. Continue reading Denver Shuts Out Omaha, Earns 20th Victory for 15th Straight Year

Denver Hockey’s Senior Sendoff

Photo Credit: Denver Athletics

Four years fly by when you play the sport you love with an exceptional program, create lifelong friendships with your teammates, and attend an institution that strives to help you find success following graduation. This is the reality for Denver hockey’s four seniors preparing to finish their collegiate hockey careers and enter the real world in the following months. Continue reading Denver Hockey’s Senior Sendoff

DU Hockey Mailbag: Senior Week

Photo Credit: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

We’ve reached the final week of the regular season. DU is tied with St. Cloud State for 2nd place and the 2nd seed in the NCHC. The Pios are 12-1-3 since the beginning of 2016 and are charging toward the postseason faster than any other team in college hockey. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: Senior Week

Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

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Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a long-time DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically with LetsGoDU.

As I look back on the 2015-2106 DU basketball season, the operative phrase, at least for me, is “pleasant surprise.”

At 15-14, the Pioneers achieved a winning record and sixth-place finish in the regular season where the cognoscenti predicted a last-place (eighth place) finish for DU in the Summit League. It was a return to respectability with a very young, resilient team overachieving after last year’s 12-18 disappointment with a veteran lineup. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

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