Championship week is now off and running, giving us memories that we will never forget and sparking our interests in teams we had never heard of until just now.
The madness of March almost got claimed its first victim in the most entertaining title game so far, but the Delaware Blue Hens were able to fight their way back and punch their ticket to the big dance by winning the CAA conference title. The win marks Delaware’s first CAA title and sends the Blue Hens dancing.
In the two previous matchups this season, the Blue Hens defeated the William and Mary Tribe by an average of 11 points, but it did not come that easy in the CAA championship game the Blue Hens won by a single point and had to survive a last-second shot that would have sent Delaware home.
The Blue Hens survived a second-half charge from the Tribe to win the championship 75-74 in just the first of many nail-biters to come this week. Carl Baptiste led the Blue Hens to victory with his layup that put Delaware in front with 13 seconds to go, while also scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the game.
The Blue Hens will now test their mettle against one of the best teams in the country, but will the team survive to play multiple games in the tournament, or will they become extinct quickly in the Big Dance? Delaware has a record of 25-9 heading into the tournament and is 24th in the nation in points per game, so don’t expect the Blue Hens to roll over and die against one of the game’s elite.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.