After Saturday’s clunker at North Dakota State, there were some concerns about which Denver (16-10, 8-5) team would show up on Tuesday night at Western Illinois (8-16, 5-8). At halftime, the answer seemed to be pretty clear. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, there was still another half to play, and what a wild half it was. Continue reading Denver escapes with 78-72 victory at Western Illinois
Denver (15-10, 7-5 Summit) is likely out of the Summit League regular season title hunt, trailing South Dakota and North Dakota State by 2 games with 4 games to go. But, the Pioneers still have an excellent chance to remain in 3rd place – a great accomplishment for this program on the rise. Continue reading Two-game stretch critical for Pios to protect conference standing
After Saturday’s thrilling last-second overtime win against Summit League favorite Fort Wayne, what did NBA superstar Chauncey Billups say to his brother, head coach Rodney Billups? “Great game”? Nope. “Great coaching”? Nope. Continue reading When Good Isn’t Enough – Pios Fight For First
Good teams win games they are supposed to win.
Denver (14-9, 6-4) did just that tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the Pioneers got contributions from their bench (20 points), shot a blistering 58.9% (vs. 43.4%) from the field, clobbered ORU on the boards (36-26) and shot 68.6% (11-16) from downtown to put their stamp on the game and sweep ORU in Summit League play.
A late first half surge seemed to fuel the romp.
Photo: Daniel Amigo has been one of DU’s surprise stars this season
Fans have had 15 games to see the season unfold for DU Men’s Hoops. No doubt, the biggest surprise has been Daniel Amigo, on both the offensive and defensive end. He is the Pios’ second leading scorer with 14.4 points per game and leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. He’s accomplishing this in only 24 minutes per game on the floor. In short, he’s one of the most efficient players in the Summit League. Amigo is ranked 48th in the country in field goal percentage (55.2%). He scores more points per minute (offensive efficiency) than Fort Wayne star John Konchar (.6 vs .45 points per minute). Konchar is shooting an astounding 70.5% from the field and is 4th in the nation in field goal percentage. But. there is a problem.
Simply put, Denver needs more than 24 minutes per game from Daniel Amigo. Continue reading The Pioneers Need More Daniel Amigo
Over the next four days, Denver men’s hoops (9-5, 1-0) will have a chance to get an early view of how they stack up in the Summit League. The Pioneers play a home game against a solid South Dakota team (10-7, 1-1) on Wednesday night and a Saturday game against league favorite Fort Wayne (11-4, 1-1) on the road. Continue reading 2-game stretch an important measuring stick for Denver Men’s Hoops
When Denver centerback Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.
I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time. Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?
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
Denver held their annual Basketball Media Day (video) yesterday with a bit more than a week to go before opening tip-off. The staffs from both the Men’s and Women’s teams were present and answered the media’s questions. Entering a new era for the men’s program and continuing to build the women’s program, there was no shortage of topics to discuss. Continue reading Denver Basketball Media Day in Review
We all know by now that the Big 12 is not expanding. BYU is not going anywhere. It was unlikely anyway that the Cougars would have moved all their sports programs from the West Coast Conference to the Big 12 anyway for a number of reasons.
The dominoes did not fall. The Big 12 is standing pat and so is DU’s primary athletic conference. Continue reading Time to Renew Vows with the Summit League