No Cinderella moment for University of Delaware basketball teams in NCAA Tournament.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell in their first-round games on Friday.
The 15thand The seeds found two Villanova seeds too much to handle in Pittsburgh, losing 80-60.
Nova used a 15-2 run late in the first half to take a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back.
Three pointers also played a big role in the contest. Villanova made 13, while Delaware only managed 3.
“They’re really, really good. They put so much pressure on you on the offensive side with their ability to shoot the basketball. They made 13 threes, but they had four guys who made two or more. And then they are so connected defensively. They’re tough. They’re physical,” said Blue Hen head coach Martin Igelsby. “I could go on for a long time about how they play and how they do things. I think they are one of the top 3–5 college basketball teams.
Forward Jyare Davis scored 17 for UD in the losing effort. He agrees that Villanova was as good as advertised.
“They play really hard. They are very disciplined. It’s a very connected group,” Davis said. “You make mistakes, they definitely benefit. And some of our mistakes that they capitalized on that ended up biting us in the end.
The UD men are now winless in 6 NCAA Tournament appearances and 0-16 all-time against Villanova.
UD also fell in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
The Blue Hens – a 13 seed – were overwhelmed 102-71 by 4and seeded Maryland in Maryland despite 31 points and 10 rebounds from Jasmine Dickey.