DU Basketball Transfers - A View on Recent Hoops Departures

LetsGoDU wanted to go back and take a look at how recent DU hoops transfer players are doing with their new programs. We also wanted to gain insight into why they left and finally, the potential impact of their departure on the University of Denver basketball program.

Dom Somac - Senior Forward, DU 2012 - 2014 (2 yrs.)

After exhibition drubbings by the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats, Dom Somac’s Fort Hayes (KS) team is now 3-0 in non-conference games coming off a 32 point win against Central Christian and wins against Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls. The team should do well with two upcoming holiday home games in Hayes, Kansas against Newman and Stirling College. When not in Hayes, Kansas, the Tigers will be taking bus trips to outposts in Warrensville, Missouri, Bolliver, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Kansas in the MIAA conference (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics).

Volleyball Team Rallies for Summit League Crown & NCAA Bid

A young Pioneers squad with only one senior, Sarah Schmidt, fell behind the red-hot Omaha Mavericks 2 sets (26-28, 23-25) to none. At that point, things changed. While many of us were ready to write DU off, the Pioneers refused to give up and rallied to claim the final three sets (25-20, 25-18, 15-10) to claim their second consecutive Summit League Crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Men's Soccer Season Ends with Extra Time Heartbreak

The DU Men's Soccer team lost at CIBER field for the first time in almost two years tonight in a thrilling 1-0 AET NCAA Tournament second round match with SMU. In the 94th minute, a long SMU throw-in found Stanton Garcia in a dangerous spot in the box in front of the net and he buried his only shot of the game to end the Pioneers' season.

DU Freshmen Trump Wisconsin Youth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison— The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team wilted under the freshmen onslaught that Denver threw at them in a 6-2 loss on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

The Pioneers (7-3-2), who saw five of their six goals come courtesy of first-year players, put the Badgers (3-5-4) in a hole by scoring twice in the first period.

DU Volleyball Advances to Title Game 3-1

Championship match against Omaha today at 2:00 p.m. for an NCAA berth.

Badgers Hail Terry Hit in 3-3 'Win'

After blowing a 3-1 lead at home, Wisconsin Head Coach Mike Eaves said the 3-3 tie with Denver "feels like a win for us and we have to look at it like that". The turning point, according to the Badgers, was a hit from Badger defenseman Patrick Sexton on freshman Troy Terry that ignited three goals by Wisconsin in the second period.

Fall Finals End - Winter Break Begins

With many students leaving Denver for the holidays, be sure to keep up with Pioneer sports on LetsGoDU. If you are around campus over break, the Pios need your support so be sure to attend every event that you can!

With the recent reboot of LetsGoDU, we have enjoyed reporting on our beloved Pioneers this fall. Thanks for giving us your thoughts and ideas - and especially your comments. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be safe!

Champions Weekend - Pio Squads Poised for History

This weekend, regardless of outcomes, will likely be the final home games for the undefeated men's soccer team (#13 seed in the NCAA Tournament) and women's volleyball (#1 seed - Summit) squads.

NPR Interview with Coach Joe Scott - Shot Clock & Other Stuff

Coach Joe Scott talks about the shortened shot clock, regular season NCAA qualifiers (vs. conference play-in tournaments), the importance of regional rivals, and how football helped him learn how to play under Pete Carril.

He makes a compelling argument, backed by facts, that a shortened shot clock does not necessarily mean  more scoring or more exciting basketball.

NPR Interview - Joe Scott

Wisconsin Head Coach Getting Comfortable on Hot Seat

College hockey is better when Wisconsin is good. Several years ago, when the Kohl Center was rocking and the student section was packed, there was no better place to watch a hockey game. However, after last year's disaster of a season, pressure is mounting on head coach Mike Eaves. In the "what have you done for me lately" environment that is DI sports, there is little room for error for a tradition-rich program.

Traveling to Madison?

Photo: Dead Animal Dioramas

For those of you traveling to Madison to see the Pios this weekend, you'll probably be disappointed. One of Madison's premier tourist destinations has been closed down according to Roadside America.

Pios to Face Mustangs

DU men's soccer team to face the SMU Mustangs Sunday at 5 p.m. MT. SMU, 14-2-4, defeated Utah Valley 2-0 tonight to advance to CIBER Field.

Boone vs Bucky: Old WCHA Foes Heading in Opposite Directions

An article in the Grand Forks Herald ponders the University of Wisconsin hockey program's gaffes that have resulted in the program's recent, rapid decline. The article points to average recruiting, poor retention rate and poor roster management as the causes for the precipitous decline. The resulting figures support the case:

The Few Protect the Many Against Male Dominated Militaristic Past

In a Chicago Tribune article, Critics Hope Clock Runs Out On Minuteman, students ponder UMass Amherst's mascot Sam the Minuteman.

"If you're a woman or a person of color, he really can't represent you," said Martin Jones, a 24-year-old undergraduate and one of the leaders of the student protest movement. He would like the school teams to be called the "Liberators," symbolized perhaps by a "torch of liberty," which could philosophically encompass everything from abolition to women's rights. And unlike many school symbols, they note, it would not exploit animals.

Denver Men's Basketball Trumps Utah Valley in Home Opener

Denver men’s basketball took the court in Magness Arena for their home opener Wednesday, Nov. 18 against Utah Valley University where the Pios secured the 75-62 win over the Wolverines.