Denver faced #1 North Dakota in the final meeting of the regular season between the two teams. Following a penalty-filled affair Friday night, the Fighting Hawks were forced to start goalie Peter Thome in net. Denver played the Fighting Hawks even 5-on-5 the first two periods but unwise penalties and a continued inability to score finished off the Pioneers’ chances in what could have been a big road win in what has become a dismal regular season. With the victory, North Dakota wins the season series 4-2.
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While other basketball teams face tournament play as March gets underway, the University of Denver (8-22, 3-13 Summit League) has begun evaluating this past season and have begun making plans for the 2019-2020 season.
Denver will once again be young next season with a large core of underclassman. In particular, this season’s five freshmen will have a big voice in the future of Denver basketball. Freshman David Nzekwesi is the most intriguing of this class but needs a summer of development and conditioning. Said Billups, “If he decides to get in shape and get his body right during the spring and summer…there are great things to come. He could be one of the better players to ever walk this campus. If he doesn’t do that, he is going to struggle to play multiple minutes.” Continue reading DU Men’s Basketball left to plot rather than play in March
With the NCAA Tournament officially starting tonight, it seemed like a great time for a season recap! Click above to listen, topics covered include:
-A general overview of the season – what we liked and didn’t like, highlights and lowlights, and a discussion of the team’s progress.
-A recap of who won’t be returning for Denver next season and how that might affect the team.
-A preview of next year’s recruiting class and discussion on their impact.
-A look ahead to next season – we talk about the expectations for the Pios and their Summit League competition.
With the regular season complete, it’s time for the 2018 Summit League Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Preview. Click above to listen – topics covered include:
-2017-2018 season in review.
-Surprises from this year’s DU team.
-Coverage of the first two rounds of the Summit League conference tournament
-Predictions for the entire tournament and championship game.
Denver begins conference tournament play on Sunday, March 4 as the #3 seed against #6 seed Oral Roberts at 7:30 PM mountain time. All conference tournament games will be played at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
With DU basketball Media Day complete, Click above to listen to our 2017-2018 DU Men’s Basketball Preview Podcast. Topics covered include:
-Initial thoughts on the November 7th media day.
-Our picks for Surprise Player, Most Improved Player, and Most Exciting Player.
-Analysis of DU’s schedule and realistic win expectations.
-Our projection of the final Summit League standings
-Commentary on the first two games of the season – November 12 vs UC Irvine and November 14 at Colorado.
Denver men’s basketball begins this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against UC-Irvine at Magness Arena. Women’s basketball will tip-off at 1:00 against Northern Colorado prior to the men’s game.