University of Delaware Headed Back to NCAA Tournament!


Despite Yesterday overtime loss to Villanova, Delaware will a first round bye and Will Face Lehigh or Northern Iowa Dec. 4 at Delaware Stadium After the Bye Week.

The Blue Hens, who ended the regular season with a 9-2 record and a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title, earned the No. 3 seed in the 20-team tournament which was announced live on ESPNU Television Sunday morning.

Delaware host the winner of this week’s matchup between Patriot League champion Lehigh and Missouri Valley Conference member Northern Iowa on Dec. 4 at Delaware Stadium.

The Blue Hens, who entered last week as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team before falling to rival Villanova 28-21 in overtime on Saturday, will be making their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament – In their last trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, the Hens advanced all the way to the national championship game behind QB (#5) Joe Flacco before falling to top-seed Appalachian State. Delaware captured the NCAA title in 2003 when the Hens swept through the tournament and defeated Colgate 40-0 in the title game at Chattanooga, Tenn. Delaware also captured the national title in 1979 (NCAA II) and were national runners-up in 1974, 1978, 1982, and 2007.

Delaware players celebrate a touch down in the second quarter. No.1 Delaware loses to No.15 Villanova 28-21 on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Delaware stadium in Newark Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Villanova RB (#25) Aaron Ball leaps over the offensive line in Overtime as No. 1 Delaware loses to No. 15 Villanova 28-21 on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Delaware stadium in Newark Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Delaware players right before game between No. 1 Delaware and No.15 Villanova.

All games of the tournament will be held at campus sites leading up to the championship game, which will be held for the first time at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 7.

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