Denver Pioneers men's basketball

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Denver Pioneers
2018–19 Denver Pioneers men's basketball team
Denver Pioneers logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of Denver
Head coachRodney Billups (3rd season)
ConferenceSummit League
LocationDenver, Colorado
ArenaMagness Arena
(Capacity: 7,200)
NicknamePioneers
ColorsCrimson and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
1992*, 1994*, 1996*
*at Division II level
Conference regular season champions
1915, 1937, 2005 (Sun Belt), 2013 (WAC Co-champs)

The Denver Pioneers men's basketball team represents the University of Denver and competes in the NCAA Division I men's college basketball in Denver, Colorado. They are coached by third year head coach Rodney Billups and are members of the Summit League. They play their home games at Magness Arena.

Denver has never qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament.

History[edit]

Denver began intercollegiate basketball in 1904 and played at the regional level prior to World War II. After the war, DU became an NCAA Division I level program between the 1940s and 1979, playing in the Mountain States and old Skyline conferences before becoming an NCAA Division I independent in 1962.

In 1979, DU's declining finances forced the program to drop down to the Division II and NAIA levels until 1998.

DU moved back up to Division I status in 1998 and joined the Sun Belt Conference in 1999. In 2012, the Pioneers moved from the Sun Belt to the Western Athletic Conference. After only one year in the WAC, they joined The Summit League in July, 2013, where the play today.

Alumni[edit]

Notable former Denver basketball players include:

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Pioneers have appeared in three NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1992 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
North Dakota
South Dakota State
W 73–68
L 57–87
1994 Regional Quarterfinals North Dakota State L 72–87
1996 Regional Quarterfinals North Dakota State L 70–71

NAIA Tournament results[edit]

The Pioneers have appeared in two NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 First Round Mankato State L 46–49
1984 First Round Waynesburg(Pa.) L 56–58 OT

NIT results[edit]

The Pioneers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) three times. Their combined record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1959 First Round NYU@Madison Square Garden L 81–90
2005 Opening Round @U of San Francisco L 67–69
2013 First Round
Second Round
Ohio University
@U of Maryland
W 61–57
L 52–62

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Denver Brand: Visual Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 16, 2016.

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