After the Blue Hens defeated second-seeded UNCW, 59-55, to win the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) title Tuesday night, March 8, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington DC
Delaware became the first No. 5 seed to be champion in the tournament’s 39-year history. It was also Delaware’s second CAA title in their 21 years in the league. The other time was when the Blue Hens beat William & Mary for the 2014 championship.
Delaware clinched its sixth NCAA berth, the other times were by the North Atlantic Conference champions of 1992 and 1993 coached by Steve Steinwedel, Mike Brey’s America East winners of 1998 and 1999 and Monte Ross’s 2014 Colonial kings.
Tournament MVP Jyare Davis led the way with 18 points, including a basket with a minute left that put the Blue Hens in front for good. Andrew Carr, who along with joined Davis on the All-Tournament Team along with Kevin Anderson, recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The crowd of 1,829 include several busloads of UD students. Even students on the University of Delaware campus felt the excitement and energy of the game.
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The NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. on CBS-TV. The tournament begins with First Four games in Dayton March 15 and 16.
First- and second-round games then follow March 17-19 in Buffalo, Indianapolis, Fort Worth and Portland, Oregon, and March 18-20 in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Greenville, South Carolina, and San Diego.
The CAA champs Delaware could be placed at any of those sites. With an NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) ranking of 136 nationally before Tuesday’s game, Delaware will likely be a No. 14 or 15 seed.