Trip To California, Home Game vs. Temple Highlight University of Delaware Menís Basketball 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule
Delaware, coming off its record-setting 2013-14 campaign that saw the Blue Hens finish 25-10, win the school’s first CAA men’s basketball tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999, opens the campaign with five consecutive road games.
UD, led by ninth-year head coach Monté Ross, kicks off the campaign with a contest at Liberty on Monday, Nov. 17. The Blue Hens then head to the West Coast for three games, beginning with a trip to Cal Poly on Friday, Nov. 21. The Mustangs, who visited Newark a year ago during the teams’ only previous meeting, captured the Big West Conference title last season and won their NCAA First Four contest to advance to the Round of 64.
Two days later Delaware heads to CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Nov. 23, before closing the trip on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Stanford. The Cardinal, whose athletic director Bernard Muir led the UD athletic department from 2009-12, advanced to the Sweet 16 in March and were ranked No. 24 in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The game will be the first ever meeting between Delaware and Stanford, and the Blue Hens’ first contest against a Pac 12 school since a matchup at Arizona in 1999.
For the sixth consecutive year Delaware will travel to Villanova as the Blue Hens will take on the Wildcats on Sunday, Nov. 30. Villanova captured the Big East regular season championship a year ago, won a game as a two seed in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Round of 32, and finished the year ranked No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
The Blue Hens will play their home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 3 when they welcome Army to the Bob Carpenter Center, and remain home to host in-state rival Delaware State on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Following a break for final exams, the homestand concludes on Thursday, Dec. 18 when Temple makes its third trip to Newark in the past six seasons. The Owls, a member of the American Athletic Conference, posted victories over Delaware at the BCC on Nov. 14, 2009 and Dec. 30, 2011.
The Blue Hens then head to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, Dec. 20 for their first meeting with the Knights since 1984, before travelling to Pittsburgh to face Robert Morris on Monday, Dec. 22. Delaware recorded a home victory last season over the Colonials, who went on to advance to the Northeast Conference Tournament final and defeat St. John’s in the first round of the Postseason NIT.
UD wraps up its 11-game non-league slate on Tuesday, Dec. 30 with a home game against Atlantic 10 member St. Bonaventure, which defeated the Blue Hens in Olean, N.Y. last season.
Delaware will then play 18 Colonial Athletic Association games, facing the other nine conference schools home and away, with the full schedule to be announced in the fall.