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
Photo: Denver dance team at Fan Jam
Tuesday Night Fan Jam
Denver Basketball held their annual Fan Jam Wednesday night with the men’s and women’s teams. It was an entertaining event with fan interaction and player contests. Billups team looks to be in high spirits and ready to go with the season less than one month away. Continue reading Fan Jam, Summit League Teleconference, & Preseason Picks
The stress on public state university budgets is probably going to directly impact Summit League membership.
The University of North Dakota, yes that North Dakota, from the Big Sky, has to make up a $1.8 million dollar annual shortfall in their athletic department. One of the options on the table is leaving the Big Sky to join the Summit League. UND President, Mark Kennedy, recently moved the department’s chief financial officer out of the athletic director’s control and under the university’s finance department, while forming a committee to examine “a number of factors, including the sports we participate in, conference participation, the number of athletes that we serve and the cost of the programs.” Continue reading State Cuts Will Likely Impact Summit League Membership
In some excellent news, the University of Denver department of athletics announced via Twitter that it will expand its partnership with Altitude TV, effective almost immediately. Coming off a year when most DU athletic events weren’t televised thanks to ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain’s inability to implement flexible scheduling, DU likely wanted a way to maximize its television reach. Continue reading Denver announces expanded partnership with Altitude TV to include hockey and basketball
What is ‘the next big thing’ when it comes to DU sports?
The sport could easily be volleyball. Denver replaced successful head coach Jesse Mahoney, who left DU for the same job with the University of Colorado, with assistant coach Tom Hogan. Expect the defending champs of the Summit League to repeat again this year with a mix of veteran experience and defensive aggression – they were one of the top shot-blocking teams in the country last year. DU is coming off a 27 win-season and is poised to take the ‘next step’. Continue reading The Next Big Thing Starts Tonight
Yesterday, the University of Denver Men’s Basketball team released its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. With this being head coach Rodney Billups’ first season on the sideline for the Pioneers, there was much anticipation for what kind of opponents he would land. Continue reading DU releases Men’s Hoops non-conference schedule, will play Texas A&M
With the final touches completed on the Pioneer roster thanks to the addition of incoming freshman Ade Murkey out of Minnesota, it’s time to take a look at how the 2016-2017 squad might look when they hit the floor next season. Continue reading Pieces Coming Together For Pioneer Hoops
Photo: Courtesy of the St. Croix Lutheran Yearbook. Ade Murkey goes up for two.
Rodney Billups has landed his first recruit as head coach of the Denver Pioneers. The new recruit joins Luke Neff and Jake Krafka – both recruited prior to his arrival. Continue reading Denver Hoops’ Pick is Murkey